The island's best beaches, including Waikoloa Beach, lie on the Kohala Coast, where less than eight inches of rain falls in an average year. Upscale resorts rise up from the dramatic black lavascape like rare blooms, surrounded by exceptional golf courses and beaches, and offering extraordinary dining and luxurious destination spas. The Kohala Coast stretches north from Kona International Airport to Hapuna Bay and the little harbor of Kawaihae. The Kohala Coast boasts spectacular golf, and excellent views of the ocean and the slopes of Mauna Kea (the tallest sea mountain in the world), Mauna Loa (the most massive mountain in the world) and Hualalai.
Check out: Anaehoomalu Beach, Dolphin Quest, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Maunakea Summit & Visitors Center, Parker Ranch Visitors Center, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hawi and Waimea.