Tenders will take you from your cruise ship to the small pier at Kailua Village, where shuttles sent by shopping malls and car rental companies are waiting. There is also a tourist information desk. You are practically right at the village and getting around on foot will be easy – the village is small and compact. You can also take the local trolley that can take you to shopping areas and beaches for a couple of American dollars. Renting a car is the preferred way to get around, it’s inexpensive if you book in advance and all the sights are easy to navigate and within close proximity. If your time is limited, there are a couple of beaches and other points of interests close to the port.
As Kailua-Kona is the second location where cruise ships stop after Hilo, please refer to our page for Hilo for information about Volcano National Park and other highlights of the Big Island of Hawaii. We are going to list here the sights, easier to access from the Western side, where Kailua-Kona is.