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  • 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.
Reservations: 1-800-222-5642