Because of its large size, the Big Island offers an exciting variety of activities. Climate-wise, the Big Island varies from dry on the Kona or leeward side, to tropical rain forest on the east or Hilo side. From the ocean there is a gentle refreshing sea breeze.

Nearby Kailua is a seaside village with a picturesque waterfront. Facing the ocean are numerous restaurants and shopping areas. Kailua is rich in history and a number of older, historically significant buildings remain. Within Kailua, along Alii Drive are small beaches suitable for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving and surfing. These beaches have a surprising diversity of tropical fish and large turtles.

As the Big Island is not overdeveloped, a vacation is refreshing. Within a short distance are numerous championship golf courses, deep sea fishing, boat parasailing, dinner cruises, diving, snorkeling, charters, whale watching and submarine cruises. It is only a half-day drive from the Kona Vacation Home rentals to the volcano, which is active from time to time.

Along the Kona and Kohala coasts are numerous secluded beaches. Depending on beach characteristics, vacationers can surf, body surf, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, dive, and fish. Some of the best beaches are the Disappearing Sands Beach (Alii Drive), Honokohau Bay Boat Harbor, Kona Coast State Park, Anaheho’omalu Beach (Hilton Waikoloa), Mauna Lani Beach (Mauna Lani Resort), Mauna Kea Beach (Mauna Kea Hotel), Hapuna Beach and Spencer Beach. Also, the nearby Energy Lab is a nice place to watch the surf and wade in safe and protected tidal pools.

Most of the boat charter activity occurs in nearby Honokohau Boat Harbor. From here, there are numerous fishing charters available for fishing along the Kona Coast, which is world renown for its blue marlin and deep sea fishing.

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