Little Bird on Big Island | Kona Coast

In part II of our adventures on Big Island, we travel from Pahoa to the Kona Coast. You can find part I covering the Hilo side and Volcanoes National Park here.

We decided to take the southern route because I love Punaluu Beach. We meant to make a 10 minute pit stop at Punaluu Beach, but ended up staying for a couple hours. Once the bus load of tourists left we got to enjoy the beautiful black sand beach and over a dozen turtles munching on limu at low tide. We also discovered that Mila can do a mean turtle impersonation.

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The surf was up and the beaches around Kona were all too rough for the kids. They were begging to play in the water, but we didn’t want to drive very far. We took a gamble on Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. There was some vague information online that mentioned good snorkeling and swimming. We parked at the boat harbor, walked down a very short trail to the fish pond (5 minutes) and were rewarded with our very own beach. Protected, beautiful, sandy, stellar sunset and even more turtles. Another dozen or so. You can never see too many turtles.

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Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is another great spot to visit if you’re in the Kona area. A beautiful spot with a good dose of Hawaiian culture. It was crazy hot when we were there, but fortunately Two-step Beach is just a short walk down the road. It’s a great snorkel spot. Too deep for the little ones, but there are large tide pools for them to splash in.

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The entire South Kohala coast is lined with stunning beaches and coastal hikes. We randomly picked the Waikoloa Resort in Anaehoomalu Bay and it was perfect for the kids. Beautiful sunset a bonus. I relinquished the camera for a bit so Jaap could take some photos of me and the kids. So happy I did. P.S. I love Micah’s pirate pose. He was pretending the tree was his ship and I asked him to pose like a pirate and I got this lovely butt out, squinty-face number. Nice.

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On our last day we made a quick visit to the beach at the Mauna Lani resort. You just have to request a beach pass. Or if they’re out, a hotel pass. Last chance, a hiking pass. It was supposed to have good snorkeling and swimming, always a stellar combo. The water wasn’t clear enough to see anything, but the swimming was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous. Plus we saw another turtle.

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Heading home. Love the Kona airport ♥


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