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family activities in kona hawaii

If you are planning your family vacation to the Hawaiian islands, specifically the beautiful historic town of Kona, you may be asking yourself what all there is to do and see, especially for a family. While the resorts around Kona are well equipped to entertain an entire family, you probably didn’t travel over 3,000 miles across the Pacific ocean to sit on a pool chair all day.

The Big Island is not only an incredible place to visit for the history, weather, and stunning views, but there are so many family friendly activities in Kona Hawaii, here are 3 of our favorites!

1. Go on a Snorkel Tour in Kona Hawaii

A snorkel tour is tons of fun, not just for the kids! When you book a snorkel tour with one of Kona’s experienced boat companies, you will have signed on for a morning (or day) of adventure along some of the most stunning beaches along the coast. You will likely get to visit the stunning coral reefs of Captain Cook Monument and the Place of Refuge, as well as learning more about their important history and ecology.

The biggest thing to take into account, is to make sure that your entire family is prepared for the experience, not only their swimming skill and comfortability swimming in the ocean– the good news is many snorkel tours will take you to calmer bays. We have an entire article about how you can prepare for one of these tours which you can read here!

2. Explore Historic Kona Town With the Whole Family

Something that is sure to interest everyone no matter how old or young is the history of the Big Island, specifically Kona. The Big Island is the youngest out of the Hawaiian chain of isles, as well as the biggest. Kona is home to where Captain Cook, the British colonist who worked to quell the natives and bring the islands under the crown, was slain. While Cook remains a controversial figure in Hawaiian history, Kona today is greatly influenced by this point in time.

What’s even more interesting is as you walk through Kona town with your family, you will see historic buildings and get to read more about their role and the structure of the Hawaiian kingdom over hundreds of years.

3. Set Off on a Boat Tour of South Kona, Hawaii– Great for All Ages

An extremely popular family friendly activity in Kona, one that requires less practice or skill than snorkeling, is a boat tour expedition of South Kona. You can read more about what all that entails in our other article here, but a summary is that you will leave one of Kona’s marinas aboard a small local boat manned by the foremost experts of Kona’s waters. There will be chances to not only see spinner dolphins off the side of the boat, but explore the different topographical phenomena just off Kona’s shores.

No matter what activity you choose, Kona will lend itself to the greatest family vacation!