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  • 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.)
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