What once was a series of five separate volcano's, is now seen by many as the purist form of tropical paradise. The series of ancient out-crops in the land have been targeted by visitors for their unique mix of black and white sandy beaches, along with crystal clear blue water.
Most famous for its volcanoes, the Big Island is home to the largest and most active, Mauna Kea and Kilauea. Roughly 500,000 years ago the northwest portion of the Big Island was dominated by a volcanic peak called Kohala. Currently the Kohala Coast is known more for its beautiful beaches and paradise feel.
During your stay on the Kohala Coast, you will find a variety of activities to keep busy with. Although many activities take advantage of the sandy beaches and warm blue water, the Kohala Coast offers great shopping as well.
Puako Bay is best known for its variety of coves and tidal pools, offering a great place to snorkel. After a great day of snorkeling and lounging in the sun, Puako Bay offers one of the best sunsets on the Kohala Coast. If you are looking to get away from the beach for a day or just a change in scenery, check out the Puako Petroglyph fields. Puako is home to one of the largest and oldest petroglyph areas on The Big Island.
Looking for a more secluded beach without all the noise you are trying to get away from? The Holoholokai Beach Park is a great spot right on the coast of South Kohala. Located near the Mauna Lani Resort & Spa, this secluded beach will soothe all your paradise needs.
Interested in viewing the historic remains of the Pu'ukohola Heiau. This National Historic Site displays the ruins of the temple built by King Kamehameha the Great, between 1790 and 1791 to incur the favor of the war god Kuka'ilimoku.
Another must-do during your South Kohala Coast Vacation is to check out the Waialea Bay Marine Life Conservation District. Waialea Bay is located in the southern portion of Kawaihae Bay, on the western coast of Hawai‘i. A well-known breeding and birthing area for Humpback whales as they migrate north along the coast between December and April. The diversity of marine life in Waialea is among the best in all of Kawaihae Bay, which makes it a popular site for snorkel and SCUBA activities.