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  • A: While The Royal Kona Resort does not offer a complimentary hotel shuttle from the airport, there are multiple transportation options to get to and from our resort.           
    • Royal Kona Resort offers guests over 21 years of age the option to add an Alamo Rent-A-Car to their room reservation. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Kona International Airport. Contact our Reservations office at 800-22-ALOHA (222-5642) to reserve your car.
    • SpeediShuttle and Arthur's Limousine offers shared-ride transportation between Kona International Airport and the Royal Kona Resort. Their Mercedes Benz fleet is equipped with GPS technology, so service is safe and timely.  Click here for reservations.
    • Taxi service is available to and from the Kona International Airport for approximately $40 each way. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are also available on the Big Island.             
  • A: Yes, Royal Kona Resort does have a $12 per day parking fee for guests so feel free to drive around town to explore the island. If you should need a rental car throughout your stay, Royal Kona Resort offers guests over 21 years of age the option to add a Alamo Rent-A-Car to their room reservation. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Kona International Airport. Contact our Reservations office at 800-22-ALOHA (222-5642) to reserve your car now. 
  • A: While the Big Island is swarming with things to do, you don't have to leave the resort to enjoy Hawaii. Enjoy a relaxing day at the swimming pool, conveniently located next to Don's Mai Tai Bar, or head over to our private saltwater swimming lagoon for snorkeling. Play a match of tennis at The Royal Kona Tennis Club; featuring a pro shop and four courts available for day or night play. Relax your mind and body at the Massage & Spa Center offering a variety of spa treatments featuring both Eastern and Western spa techniques.  Enjoy a workout at the Resort's fitness center open daily from 4:30 am-10:30 pm. Enjoy an authentic Hawaiian tradition at the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau featuring a sumptuous buffet and open bar during a dazzling presentation of the music and dances celebrating the culture of Hawaii.
  • A: The Royal Kona Resort offers a convenient location within walking distance to the Kona Inn Shopping Village with over 50 retail shops and unique Hawaiian jewelry and gifts. The Coconut Grove Marketplace is also a short walk and features plenty of gift shops, cafés, restaurants, sports bars, boutiques, and several art galleries to explore.
  • A: All rooms and suites are equipped with mini-refrigerators for added convenience, so feel free to stock up your favorites. They also include a coffee maker with complimentary coffee to start your day. 
  • A: Yes, you may join our FREE Royal Rewards loyalty program and receive the special benefits with applicable reservations. Benefits include:
    • Free Early Check-in and Late Check-out (Based on Availability)
    • Requested Bedding Guarantee (1 King or 2 Doubles)
    • Free Hi-Speed Wi-Fi ($10 Daily Value)
    • Free Self-parking ($12 Daily Value -- Ohana Member Only)
    • Free Welcome Mai Tai ($10 Value per adult)
    For more information on becoming a Royal Rewards member, join here.
  • A: While our pool is not heated, it stays warm and naturally heated by the hot Kona sun. Pool hours are 8 am - 8 pm for safety and noise concerns. Enjoy our private swimming lagoon, as well as our oceanfront pool during your stay.
  • A: Stay connected and enjoy upgraded Wi-Fi throughout the entire resort for $9.95 per day, per device, or $39.95 per week. There is a complimentary hot spot in the Don's Mai Tai Bar area for your convenience. 
  • A: Yes. Kona International Airport is just 9 miles, a quick 15-20-minute drive south on HI-19 to Royal Kona Resort. You may take a car service, shuttle or rent a car right from the airport to our hotel. If renting, please note that there is a $12/day parking fee. You may add an Alamo Rent-A-Car directly to your room reservation. Taxi service is available to and from the Kona International Airport for approximately $40 each way.                

    Directions from Kona Airport to the Hotel:

    • Turn right on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (HI-19) towards Kailua-Kona
    • Turn right on Palani Road
    • Palani Road makes a natural left turn onto Alii Drive
    • The Royal Kona Resort is located one mile ahead on the right
  • A: Any cancellations made three (3) days or less prior to arrival will result in a penalty charge of two-nights of the total package price. If you are only staying one night at the resort, you will be charged the full nightly rate. In case of illness or death of passenger, please call 800-22-ALOHA for special assistance.
  • A: All of the restaurants at Royal Kona Resort offer gorgeous ocean views of the Pacific. Don the Beachcomber is set right on the water's edge with sunset views from every seat. Don's Mai Tai Bar is an oceanfront bar featuring 180° views of the Pacific Ocean and Kailua Bay. Relax at Don's Breezeway Lounge offering inviting, comfortable sofas and armchairs positioned for full ocean views, perfect for watching the Hawaii sunsets.
  • A: Don's Mai Tai Bar is open from 11 am to 10 pm daily. Sit at the oceanfront bar in Kailua-Kona and take in 180° views of the Pacific Ocean and Kailua Bay. With over 10 types of Mai Tais, 16 draft beers including local handcrafted microbrews and international favorites, a variety of Hawaiian specialty drinks, enjoy live music every Thursday from our Legends of Hawaiian Music concert series.
  • A: Although breakfast is not provided complimentary, it can be purchased in advance or once you arrive. We offer a daily breakfast buffet at Don the Beachcomber Restaurant from 6:30 am to 10 am, self-serve for $21.95 for adults and $13.50 for children 6-11(tax and tip not included.) Some specialties included with buffet are Eggs Florentine, French Toast, Cheese Blintz, Hash Browns, Bread Pudding, Hot & Cold Cereals, Fresh Island Juices, Coffee, Pastries and a Fresh Fruit Bar.
  • A: Yes, absolutely.  We can help you plan it all. Tour the Big Island and take in the sights and local attractions. Some activities not to be missed include scuba and snorkeling excursions, helicopter tours, parasailing, hikes to waterfalls, and exploring a live volcano. Just stop by our activities desk and let us help you plan a perfect itinerary based on your interests. 
  • A: There is so much to do and see in Kona and around the Big Island, that it is highly suggested to rent a car. You can do so at Kona International Airport either through Enterprise, Alamo or Big Island rental car.

    Royal Kona Resort offers guests over 21 years of age the option to add an Alamo Rent-A-Car to their room reservation. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Kona International Airport. Contact our Reservations office at 800-22-ALOHA (222-5642) to reserve your car now. 

    You can also rent a bike, motorcycle or scooter to ride around Kona. Big Island bike and Hawaii motorbike rentals are good options to start.

    If renting isn't an option, use Uber or Lyft ride-sharing apps on your smartphone for easy rides all through town. Local taxi companies like Cruz'n Taxi at (808) 325-1234 or Taxi Joe & Shuttle at (808) 329-9090 are also available. Rates may vary so call ahead.

  • A: Kona is filled with places to rent snorkel gear and paddle boards, or any other water toys you may want to try out, that are within walking distance to our resort. Visit Snorkel Bobs, Boss Frog's Snorkel, Bike & Beach, or Hawaii Ocean Sports for all of your gear. There's even a Walmart close by for any last minute purchases.
  • A: The airport has a shuttle service for a fee. While The Royal Kona Resort does not offer a complimentary hotel shuttle from the airport, there are multiple transportation options to get to and from our resort.
    • SpeediShuttle and Arthur's Limousine - SpeediShuttle and Arthur's Limousine offers shared-ride transportation between Kona International Airport and the Royal Kona Resort. Their Mercedes Benz fleet is equipped with GPS technology, which allows their staff to manage service on a timely basis and has kept them in the highest ranking for safety in the industry. Click here for information and reservations.
    • Alamo Rent-A-Car - Royal Kona Resort offers guests over 21 years of age the option to add an Alamo Rent-A-Car to their room reservation. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Kona International Airport. Contact our Reservations office at 800-22-ALOHA (222-5642) to reserve your car now. 
    • Taxis/Uber/Lyft - Taxi service is available to and from the Kona International Airport for approximately $40 each way. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are also available on the Big Island.             
  • A: There are so many beautiful places to see in Kona and your hiking trails are endless. If you only have time for a few short hikes during your trip, make these your top priority.
    • Kilauea'iki Trail hike: 4 miles round trip, difficulty: medium, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
    • Waipi'o Valley hike: 6.5 miles round trip, difficulty: hard, Kohala.
    • Pololu Valley hike: 2.5 miles round trip, difficulty: easy, Kohala.
    • Hawaii Botanical Gardens: 1.5 miles, difficulty: easy, Hilo.
    • Mauna Loa Lookout: variable, at least 1.5 miles, difficulty: easy, Volcano Village.

    When you return to our resort after a hard climb, book a spa treatment to unwind.

  • A: There's no better way to discover Kona's beauty than by signing up for a tour or excursion while staying with us. Depending upon your interests, take a full day tour of the Big Island with Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour By: Wasabi Tours Hawaii. For a fun fishing adventure, Kona Sport-Fishing Share Charter By: Bite Me Sportfishing is a local favorite. Go underwater at night with Manta Ray Night Snorkel from Kona By: Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides. Thrill seekers can ride high with Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour By: KapohoKine Adventures.  Stop by our activities desk for more information on booking a tour right from our lobby.
  • A: The Big Island features jaw-dropping beaches with varied landscapes and terrains. Visit black and white sandy beaches and explore the Island of Hawaii. Located in Kona, Kahaluu Beach is known for honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) that frequent its shores. Go snorkeling or swimming at Kahaluu, a local favorite. Laaloa Beach, AKA Disappearing Sands or Magic Sands Beach, due to the sand disappearing overnight due to tidal shifts. This beach is known for stellar surf conditions, so take your boards with you.

    Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo is perfect for family snorkeling, as it has a shallow bottom and low tides. For a once-in-a-lifetime beach experience, make your way to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Named after the green crystal sand, visitors can swim, but it does get rough. Getting to this beach does require a hike, so be prepared for an adventure.

  • A: Yes, there are many nearby courses to perfect your swing at. Just 2 miles away, Makalei Golf Club offers lush surrounding forests and perfect elevation for challenging courses for every level.  Kona Country Club and Big Island Country Club are just a ten-minute drive from Royal Kona Resort and offer scenic ocean views. Book your tee time at our activities desk located in the lobby.
  • A: Every coffee enthusiast will appreciate a Kona Coffee tour while visiting Royal Kona Resort, right smack in the heart of coffee country. With over 650 coffee farms on the Big Island, picking the right one can be daunting. Some nearby farms that offer tours are:
    • Kona Coffee Living History Farm
    • Rooster Farms
    • Kuaiwi Farm
    • Sunshower Coffee Farm
    • Heavenly Hawaiian coffee farms
    • Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee:
    • Buddha's Cup:
    • Kona Blue Sky Coffee

    Most tours are only about 30 minutes, so you can do more than one to sample the best coffee around. Expect to walk through the plantations to see the coffee growing in the field. You will then look at the processes needed to go from turning the coffee beans to a delicious cup of coffee (drying, processing, and roasting). Many tours end with a (free) tasting of the coffee, very close to a showroom or visitor center where you can buy the local coffee.

  • A: The Island of Hawaii spans over 4,000 sq. ft., (more than 10,400 square km) nearly double the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. Driving around is a breeze, as there are only two main roads, Highways 11 and 19. Together they create one big loop around the entire island.  Highway 11 stretches 125 miles around the south of the island between Hilo and Kailua-Kona, approximately a 3-hour drive. Highway 19 winds around the north for 98 miles from Hilo to Kailua-Kona, which takes about 2 hours by car with a 55 mph speed limit. Combined it's about a 5-hour drive to make the complete loop around the island.
  • A: Yes, our seasoned wedding planners have established relationships with the best vendors on the island to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. We offer several wedding packages that include photography services, or you can add it a la carte. Additionally, we provide a la carte videography services to accompany your package. You will be able to view the work of our photographer and videographer vendors so you can choose a style that suits you. 
  • A: Yes, there are several packages to choose from based on your wishes. Whether you desire a lavish celebration or a small affair, we have the perfect package for you. We offer both ceremony only, and ceremony and reception packages. Special additions are available to add on an a la carte basis such as flowers, photographer, entertainment, etc. Please contact our wedding planners for more information. For a complete list of our wedding packages, click here.
  • A: Say I do with a perfect Kona sunset as your backdrop. Each of our eight wedding locations features panoramic views encompassing the sparkling blue ocean and tropical foliage.  Whether on the sand or walking down a majestic green lawn at one of our lush tropical locations, feel the magic of the Big Island as you say your vows. For a complete list of our wedding venues, click here..
  • A: Yes, we welcome your guests to the Royal Kona by offering exclusive room rates for spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and suites with no minimum amount of rooms or blocks needed. Gather your family and friends to share in the joy of your special day. Everyone will fall in love with the fantastic hotel amenities, including a spa, swimming lagoon, Don's Mai Tai Bar and gorgeous ocean views at every turn. Please contact our wedding planners for more information on booking rooms at 800-919-8333
  • A: Yes, let our experienced wedding team use their established contacts with the best florists in town to flawlessly execute your vision. We offer several wedding packages that include floral services, or you can add it a la carte. Additionally, we offer a la carte photography and videography services to accompany your package. For a la carte pricing list, click here..
  • A: Yes, The Royal Kona Resort hosts the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau presented by award-winning Tihati Productions. Enjoy a sumptuous all-you-care-to-eat Hawaiian Luau buffet and open bar while watching a dazzling presentation of the music and dances celebrating the culture of Hawaii. Take in awe-inspiring sunsets and learn to hula all from our resort. If you purchase tickets online in advance, you can receive 10% off total price. For more info, click here.
  • A: The Voyagers of the Pacific Luau is offered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm, gates open at 4:45 pm. Expect to spend all three hours celebrating this ceremonious Hawaiian tradition dancing, enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet, sipping on Mai Tai's and breathing in the fresh ocean air as you watch the sun set over the Pacific. 
  • A: Guests can purchase tickets to The Voyagers of the Pacific Luau online in advance to receive 10% off each ticket, or at the hotel upon arrival.  You may pay at the door the night of luau, but it is $7 more per ticket. You may cancel within 48 hours of show. The Royal Kona Resort hosts the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau presented by award-winning Tihati Productions. Enjoy a sumptuous all-you-care-to-eat Hawaiian Luau buffet and open bar while watching a dazzling presentation of the music and dances celebrating the culture of Hawaii. Take in awe-inspiring sunsets and learn to hula all from our resort.

    Book you Luau now!

  • A: Parking for The Voyagers of the Pacific Luau is just $3 per vehicle. The Royal Kona Resort, which hosts the Royal Kona Luau, is located 9 miles south of the Kona International Airport. From the Kona Airport, turn right on Queen Kaahumanu Highway and continue into Kailua-Kona. Take a right on Palani Road and drive right down to the ocean where it makes a natural left turn onto Alii Drive, which was once the road only to be used by Hawaiian royalty. You will see the Royal Kona Resort across the bay as you make the turn. Approximately one mile ahead on your right is your destination. The address is 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.
  • A: Each admission to The Voyagers of the Pacific Luau at the Royal Kona Resort features an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian Luau buffet featuring a succulently roasted pig served with many Hawaiian delicacies for everyone's taste. Enjoy Mai Tai's and other drinks from the bar as well.

    The Hawaiian Luau buffet includes:

    Gluten Free options are marked with *

    Salads:

    • Dressing Choices: 1000 Island*, Papaya Seed*, Italian* or Ranch Dressing
    • Green Salad*
    • Tomato & Onion Ogo Salad
    • Three Bean Salad*
    • Potato/Macaroni Salad*
    • Cucumber Namasu*
    • Lomi Lomi Salmon*
    • Poi*

    Hot Entrées:

    • Kalua Pork*
    • Steamed Mahi Mahi with Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil
    • Baked Chicken with Honey Mango BBQ Sauce*
    • Chicken Luau*
    • Teriyaki Roast Beef

    Sides:

    • Okinawan Sweet Potato*
    • White Rice*
    • Fresh Pineapple*
    • Coconut Dinner Rolls
    • Coconut Haupia (Pudding)*

    Desserts:

    • Coconut Cake
    • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    From the Bar:

    • Mai Tai
    • Standard Well Drinks
    • Domestic Beer
    • Wine
    • Coffee and Tea
    • Selection of Sodas
    • Fruit Punch
  • A: Anytime you can plan a visit to the Big Island is the right time. However, if you are looking to escape crowds or weather patterns, knowing when to visit becomes important. Ideally, April through June are the best months to travel, as it is less busy than the fall, the holiday season, or summer break. Winter may be busiest months on the Big Island, but it is also the rainy season, so plan accordingly.
  • A: Expect a mild tropical climate all year long, with two seasons, winter (rainy) and summer (dry). Summers average between  85-90 °F (29-32 °C), while winters are between a balmy 79-83 °F (26-28 °C). In higher elevations, such as Waimea, temperatures are often lower, especially at night. Hilo can also be cooler, depending on your inland location, and Mauna Loa & Mauna Kea can be quite chilly, so pack accordingly. The Big Island receives most of its rainfall from the end of November through the beginning of March. The East side of the Big Island is the one that gets most of the rain, and Hilo is America's wettest city; it receives up to 160 inches of rain each year. The weather in Kailua-Kona and the rest of the Big Island's Northwestern coastal area is consistent, which is one of the reasons it's a popular vacation destination. Our resort's location is one of the least rained-upon parts of the Big Island, with mean annual rainfall on the Kailua-Kona coast averaging a mere 22 inches (although the amount increases as you move further up the slope of Mt. Hualalai). This is what makes Kailua-Kona one of the Big Island's "sweet spots" regarding weather. 
     
  • A: There are stunning waterfalls on both sides of the Big Island that are definitely worth checking out while in town. Most waterfalls can be found on the slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano close to Hilo, and on the Hamakua coast. To help narrow it down, here are our top five picks:
  • A: When visiting the Volcanoes National Park, it is essential to dress appropriately due to all of the falling lava. It is best to wear sturdy shoes that are good for hiking. It is suggested to wear long, lightweight hiking pants to keep legs protected at all times. Hats are a good idea, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • A: When the sun goes down, Kailua-Kona heats up. With live Hawaiian music flooding the streets and plenty of bars and lounges around, there is undoubtedly entertainment and fun had by all. Although a bit quieter than some of the other islands,  Kona is the central place for nightlife. Check out Kona Brewing Co. and Humpy's Big Island Ale House for some late night dancing, or Laverne's Sports Bar at Coconut Grove Marketplace for a happening happy hour. Just inside the Royal Kona Resort, eat drink and be merry at our Voyagers of the Pacific Luau, guaranteed to make you want to shake it, as it features an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet and all you can drink Mai Tai's and cocktails.
  • A: Pack lightly for your Kona vacation, as the weather is mild and balmy all year long. Think lots of bathing suits, sandals, and summer attire. Pack a light waterproof jacket for hiking or exploring rainforests. Bring some warmer clothes for higher elevations of Waimea and Hawaii volcanoes at the national park. Casual dress clothes and resort wear for any local onsite resort strolling or dining. Of course, you can always purchase sunblock, hats, and flip-flops right here at the hotel.
  • A: For a perfect stay on the Big Island, it is essential to safe during your visit. Certain precautions should be taken to avoid unpleasant situations. Please see our guide on ocean safety, driving safety and a list of important phone numbers you might need while at the Royal Kona Resort.
  • A: With sparkling blue waters and perfect waves, there's no better place than Hawaii to learn how to surf. Most notably, Kahalu'u Bay in Kailua-Kona's West Shore offers great surfing conditions for beginners as it isn't particularly crowded and waves roll softly. If you like to ride bigger waves you need to get out a bit and if you prefer smaller waves you can catch them from near the beach. There's a surfboard rental just across the street. The entry is rocky and the bay is shallow so you should consider wearing reef shoes. A little further north is White Sands Beach that is also called Magic Sands Beach because it always changes size. Unfortunately, it's always smaller than its pompous name suggests. The shallow sandy bay is perfect for body boarding. And it's the ideal place for you if you don't dare to surf properly (yet.)
Reservations: 1-800-222-5642