Ebadger saidHello guys!
My partner and I are going to Kona in January for 6 days and we are looking for places to see, check out, have fun at and for those places we should not even bother with. So what places are good for physical fun, like hiking, running, swimming. What places are good for social fun, bars, dancing, food, beach. And what places should we just stay away from?
Haven't heard of any bars/dancing/social-fun places, but then I don't live there. But, if you have a car, and are willing to drive to the generally northwest part of the island, there is a great gay nude beach (a series of small coves) just north of Wailea Bay (that is, the actual bay, not
the town of Wailea Bay, which is on the east side of the island). Access is by dirt/gravel road off of Old Puako Road (and don't be such queens that you are actually intimidated from taking the rental car off the paved road - everybody does), which is accessed by Puako Beach Drive, off of highway 19. The turn off from Old Puako Beach Road to the gravel/dirt beach road is about 0.2 miles north of telephone pole #71 on Old Puako Beach Rd. Garmin says that it is at 19.98379 degrees North Latitude, 155.82512 degrees West longitude. There were (may still be) some pink arrows painted on the pavement at that point. It is a short distance to these secluded beaches. (Whoever heard of a gay nude beach in the US that was not secluded?)
There are other (non-gay, non-nude beaches closer to the Kona district. There is Kehena Beach (in Kehena, no less, which may or may not be nude, depending on how vigorously the federal rangers are taking their clothing enforcement policy these days.) And a beach where porpoises can be seen. Winter surf can be intimidating - take care when swimming. Besides that - visit Volcano - and the volcano. Watching the eruption at night is a treat for the eyes.
Besides beaches and nightlife (which we never found any):
Snorkel Bobs is a good place to rent snorkeling gear - and would have info on the best places to snorkel (as in looking for fish, as opposed to the sex act).
Some place on the West shore there are thermal pools, where hot water flows into old fish ponds.
The Mauna Kea observatory (mountain top - bring very warm clothes).
On the Northeast part of the Island is Akaka Falls State Park - tropical rainforest. You won't be alone there. Also the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
Also on the Northeast corner of the island (if you are into something as vigorous as hiking) there is a great beach, reached by hiking about 500 feet down from the very END of Highway 270 (Akoni Pule Highway). I have seen some very hunky guys hiking down this trail to the beach.
If you are driving across the island and like sweet things, to eat, stop at Mamane Bakery, about 1/2 mile east of KTA Grocery on the Mamalahoa Highway.