Kailua-Kona, often referred to as Kona, is the main western city on the big island of Hawaii.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships anchor offshore and tenders take passengers to Kailua Pier. Cruise schedule here http://hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/passenger-cruise-schedules/
Money and Tipping
Kona is fairly small and walkable. You will need to rent a car or take a taxi to explore areas further out.
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There aren't many sights in Kona though there are two small beaches on either side of the pier. Kahalu'u Beach Park is considered one of the best snorkel beaches and is four miles south of Kona. Makalawena Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the area but it takes a bit of a hike to get to. To get there, first go to Kekaha Kai State Park, north of the Kona Airport. It is a rough road across a lava field from hwy 19 to the parking lot at Mahai'ula Bay. Continue north of the beach along a footpath for about 20 minutes to reach the beach. There are nice beaches 30 miles north of Kona.
Shopping & Restaurants
Shops and restaurants can be found along the coast on Alii Drive. There is a farmer's market Wed-Sun, 7am to 4pm. http://www.konafarmersmarket.com There are also several ABC stores selling convenience items, souvenirs and macadamia nuts. Crossroads shopping center has a Safeway and Walmart. Further out you can find Kmart and Macys at Makalapua Center. Free shopping shuttles are usually provided from the pier to Walmart.
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