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About Kona

Home of the annual, world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon, Kona is a city on the Big Island of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean. Officially known as Kailua Kona, the city invites thousands of tourists year-round to experience the ultimate beach break on this island paradise. Popular attractions include the Volcanoes National Park and Waikoloa Beach.

Explore the island’s incredible beaches and native history with cheap flights to Kona! The city is served by Kona International Airport (KOA), which is a 20-minute drive situated north of the city centre. Kona International Airport serves a multitude of local and international airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular connecting flights to Kona depart from Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban.

Why visit Kona

incredible beaches

Incredible Beaches

The clear, turquoise ocean lapping against the dreamy, palm-fringed beaches is what makes this island a holiday paradise. Take long walks along the stretches of white sand, or grab a book and lounge by the water’s edge.

thrilling adventures

Thrilling Adventures

Explore the lush jungles on foot, horseback or via zipline. Get up close to seahorses, hike up volcanic mountains and go on incredible manta ray night dives. Whatever is on your bucket-list, Kona has it all!

native attractions

Native Attractions

With a history dating back to the 16th century, there is much to discover about Hawaii’s heritage and development. Mingle with the locals and you’ll soon see why this is one of the world’s most favoured holiday destinations.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar ($)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English/ Hawaiian/ Pidgin
Hub Airport Kona International Airport (KOA)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT – 10:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Kona

The ideal time visit this sought-after island is between September and November when family summer vacation comes to an end. You’ll have the sprawling white beaches, discounted hotel rooms and the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival all to yourself! If you can take the spring gap between April and May, you can also find some really good accommodation deals – just be sure to avoid a Memorial Day trip as you’ll be wading through straying crowds. Hawaii’s Big Island should be avoided during its two peak seasons – summer (June-August) and winter (December-March). Although the warm, tropical weather is at its premium, you’ll be fighting off American locals for a spot on the crowded beaches while paying exorbitant hotel rates.

Weather & Climate in Kona

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 18°C 18°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 21°C 21°C 20°C 19°C 18°C
High °C 27°C 27°C 27°C 27°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 28°C 27°C
rainfall (mm) 78 55 65 77 77 78 76 78 88 75 56 59


Kona’s shimmering beaches, thrilling adventures and abundance of water sports beckon around every corner. With pristine, buttermilk beaches hugging the coastline, there is no need to venture far for the perfect relaxation spot. Explore the magnificent coastline from Magic Sands Beach, offering frequent boating trips. Waikoloa Beach is home to a petroglyph park, displaying a unique glimpse into the island’s history. Aside from the phenomenal scuba diving and snorkelling on offer, visitors can also enjoy hiking and ziplining through the ravines and jungles, take helicopter tours above the hidden waterfalls and volcanoes, or tee off at some of the most prestigious golf courses.

Kona isn’t short on culture either. Learn about the island traditions at the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park and see the sacrificial temple of Ahu'ena Heiau. Don’t miss the Historic Kailua Village Walking Tour for a fascinating glimpse into 19th century life in Kona. Experience the local food and culture at a Luau show, and enjoy the free Hula performances around the island. Aside from a must-do coffee tasting, Kona’s Brewpub sports some refreshing local ale.

Two hours south-east of Kona you’ll find the Volcanoes National Park, featuring two of the world’s biggest active volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

On your way out, pick up some of the local java or a few famous chocolate-covered Donkey Balls instead.

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Visa & Customs

A United States Tourist Visa is required for South Africans travelling anywhere within Hawaii and the United States. You’ll need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that there are at least two pages free for stamps. Visa processing can take a few months, so leave plenty of time and ensure you have all the required documents.

For further information, see the Embassy website

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Health & Safety

Kona is a very safe destination, surrounded by luxurious beach resorts and sapphire waters stretching along its inviting coastline. Due to its popularity as a tourist destination, visitors are urged to practise common sense and safety precautions, particularly outside of resort areas. Do not leave valuables unattended and women are advised not to leave handbags on the backs of chairs in restaurants.

Ensure you wear plenty of sunscreen and a sunhat when lounging on the beach.

It is always recommended to take out travel insurance, in the event of unforeseeable theft and medical expenses.

Cost of Living

Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 197
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 66
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 59
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 35
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 131
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