Kona, Hawaii Cruise Port Activities
When looking for cruise ideas, you may want to consider an itinerary that includes Kona, Hawaii. Kona, meaning "leeward" in Hawaiian, is part of Hawaii's Big Island. The island is separated by mountains and volcanoes isolating Kona from most of the rain and wind felt by the other parts of the island. This allows 300 or more days of pure sunshine, the perfect place to relax in the sun during your cruise vacation
Whether you want to see the host of tropical fish in the reef off the island, or you want to see a whale shark or manta ray up close and personal, Kona offers cruise visitors a chance of a lifetime to see some of the most beautiful sea life in the ocean. Whether you are a certified scuba diver, or just want to snorkel, everyone can experience the beauty that this island coastline has to offer.
Because Kona is sheltered by the mountains and volcanoes, it leads to particularly calm water for those wanting to swim or just relax in the white sands. Two of the most recommended beaches are Hapuna beach and Outrigger Waikoloa Beach, both of which are rated among of the best beaches in Hawaii.
Volcano National Park
Volcano National Park is another popular option for cruise visitors. Tours of this national park allow you to drive directly into the Kilauea Volcano and watch as this active volcano spews steam and lava out of its core.
Akaka Falls Park is another popular destination for cruise passengers looking for day trip opportunities. These waterfalls cascade from an astounding 442 feet and are surrounded by beautiful jungle surroundings that you can hike and explore.
Swim With Dolphins
If you're looking for a truly unique experience, cruise visitors can head off to the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel and swim with actual dolphins. The resort's dolphin quest allows you to touch, feed, play with and swim with the dolphins. The adventures fill up quick, so it's important to make a reservation early. Reservations can be made up to a year before your cruise date.
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