We drove to the Kona side of the island in preparation for my morning flight. We went to Kekeha (Kona Coast) State Park. I would definitely recommend adding this stop when you visit the Big Island.
We stopped at the KTA in Kaila Kona to buy Sushi for our picnic at the beach. It was only $7.99 for a good sized portion. Kelly and I split a portion- and it was just the right amount for us. But if you are really hungry- you could certainly get the full amount without breaking the bank. I had never thought of having a Sushi picnic- but I certainly will be doing that again!!!!
This is one of the few white sand beaches on the island. The water is breathtaking. The colors of the crystal clear water are incredible. It was impossible to fully capture the beauty.
We had so much fun playing in the waves! The water was warm and people of all ages could be found body surfing or Boogie Boarding. I think next time I would like to try a boogie board. You definitely get a saline wash from the strong ocean waves. The salt did burn my eyes a bit. This did not stop the fun but the Be sure to bring lots of water. You will definitely need it.
You can also enjoy hiking 🥾 along the coast here as well. It really is a great place to explore. It is no surprise that it is a popular beach.
The beach also has nice amenities like outdoor showers for rinsing the sand off -before loading up in the car. There are picnic tables and public bathrooms. There is very little shade- I would recommend bringing an umbrella for shade and lots of reef safe sunscreen
My daughter and her husband decided to splurge and stay at The Sheraton Hotel Kona so we could see the Manta Rays. During non Covid times you can visit the Manta Ray viewing area without being a guest. During Covid times – it is reserved for guests only. Although, it was fun having the bar and restaurant open in pre Covid times . I will say being able to enjoy watching for the Manta Rays with just a couple of other people was very nice. I enjoy experiencing nature without crowds.
The The Sheraton Kona is a beautiful hotel and if I were to pick a hotel to stay on the big island I would definitely pick this one. It has a slide going into the pool, a kids pool and a adult pool, fitness center, spa, lots activities like lei making, a nice trail around the property and of course the spotlight onto the ocean to give you a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing the Manta Rays. I am normally a budget traveler- but definitely think splurging on this for a night or two is definitely worth it if you can afford it.
You may have noticed that I got my haircut today. Kelly’s roommate Ryan is a hairdresser and gave me a wonderful haircut while we played a game of The Ocean Game.
I am so sad to go home tomorrow. I would definitely like to have more time here. But I am grateful for the time I have had.
More pictures of the fun day.