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Kona International Airport

Kona International Airport: Our most recommended tours and activities

Big Island: Kona Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

1. Big Island: Kona Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

No matter your party size, you will recieve a warm welcome to the island upon your arrival. Your local greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. Additionally, ask your greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island.  An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation, don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

Big Island: Kona Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour

2. Big Island: Kona Experience Hawaii Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a true Hawaii experience with a premier helicopter adventure. You can explore all five volcanoes, hidden white and black sand beaches, lush waterfalls which cascade down 2,000-foot valley walls, breathtaking coastlines and 11 different climate zones. Hawaii is the largest of the islands, and thanks to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, it’s still growing. Upon departure from Kona Airport, you will fly over the world-famous Kona coffee district and the slopes of Hualālai and Mauna Loa. You can learn about the unique history, geology, and culture of the "big island" through a special two-way communication system that lets you ask questions and get to you know your pilot. Arriving over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll start the hunt for red-hot lava at Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano, and continue around the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Vent. In winter, you’ll see snow atop Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. You can also watch for the sun glinting off the handful of astronomical observatories positioned on Mauna Kea, where scientists have the best earthbound views of the universe. Afterwards, you will head toward toward East Hawaii’s lush rainforests and the incomparable Kohala valleys. The views here are so spectacular that even the pilots, who see them on a daily basis, often say this area is their favorite hidden gem to share with visitors and guests. Rounding out your trip, you’ll enjoy a birds-eye view of iconic beaches, including Hāpuna Beach and Kua Bay, consistently voted as some of the best beaches in the world.

Big Island: Kona Airport Honeymoon Lei Greeting

3. Big Island: Kona Airport Honeymoon Lei Greeting

Receive a warm welcome to the island upon your arrival. Your local greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. Additionally, ask your greeter to take a photo of you to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island.  An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation, don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

4. Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

See the immense beauty of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Depart from Kona International Airport for a helicopter tour over the Kona coffee district and towards Kohala. Explore the mountains with a special landing after skirting 3 towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. Venture into the area surrounding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hunt out any current lava activity and see historic flows frozen in time. Sweep north to Hilo town and the lush rainforests of the east. Notice how the windward side of the island is transformed by the water caught by the mountains. Next, disembark deep in Kohala and walk the same fertile valleys that Hawaii’s King Kamehameha the Great did as a child. Learn about local legends, culture, and diverse wildlife in an area normally only accessible by hours of hiking. After exploring on the ground, take to the air again to view the drastic landscape change from windward to leeward, and see world-famous white-sand beaches and resorts on the route back to Kona.

Kona International Airport: 1-Way Private Transfer to Kailua

5. Kona International Airport: 1-Way Private Transfer to Kailua

Travel from Kona International Airport to your accommodation in Kailua in Hawaii easily and without stress with a private, chauffeur-driven transfer. Relax after a long flight knowing that transportation is covered. Avoid the hassle of negotiating public transportation or long taxi queues at the airport and be greeted by your own personal driver directly at arrivals. Follow your driver to a modern, air-conditioned vehicle, allow them to take care of your luggage, then set off to your destination in Kailua.

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What people are saying about Kona International Airport

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Darren, the pilot, was very knowledgeable and brought us through some of the most beautiful areas, turning so people on both sides of the helicopter were able to see and get some amazing pictures. The highlight of my vacation!

The person to greet us was running a little behind but it was fine since we were still waiting for our bags. Did call my cell to let me know so I was not upset about it. I understood the circumstances no problem.

She was waiting for us with a sign. My wife was surprised.

Tha man that greeted us was very nice and welcoming

My wife was blown away with the surprise greeting!