What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Hawaiian vacation? Incredible sunsets! For some it is sharing that moment with someone special, for others it’s the peace they receive hearing the wind through the palm trees, the sounds of the waves crashing, the smell of the ocean and the reds and oranges that light up the sky. So where do you find the perfect sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii? First you need to be on the west/Kona side of the island. This is ideal as most tourists prefer the sunny Kona side anyway.
Here are 7 great sunset spots on the Big Island of Hawaii!
1) Anaehoomalu Bay Possibly the most popular sunset in Hawaii is at Anaehoomalu Bay or “A” Bay for short. Be prepared, you will not be alone but don’t worry because its still spectacular. If you wait 15-20 minutes after sunset the colors really come to life, by then most of the tourists have taken off and you will be wanting to book your next trip to Hawaii!
2) Kekaha Kai State Park Kekaha Kai is located just north of the Kona Airport. Be prepared as the road into Kekaha Kia is not improved and basically almost like driving over lava. It’s recommended to have a high clearance vehicle as you drive over rocks, dodge potholes and it will take a good 15-20 minutes to get there from the highway. Once there, you could possibly have the place practically to yourself for sunset!
3) Kaloko Honokohau National Historic Park is located North of Kona and south of the Kona Airport. It’s one of those places shadowed by two larger parks on the island (Hawaii Volcanoes and Pu`uhonua O Honaunau). The crazy part is that it is one of the best sunsets on the island! The bay is beautiful, ideally situated with palm trees and there are normally several Green Sea Turtles relaxing on the sand or in the water making this the sunset trifecta!
4) Wal-Mart in Kona sits up above town giving beautiful views for sunset. They even have palm trees lining the parking lot to frame that perfect picture. It just goes to show there is many great sunset locations on the Island!
5) Blue Sea Cruises has a sunset/Manta Ray glass bottom boat viewing that takes off each night out of Kona. When heading out you are treated to this fantastic shot with the palm trees. Also look out for ships in the bay that could add interest to your photos as well.
6) Don the Beachcombers at the Royal Kona Resort in Downtown Kona has a fantastic location to watch sunset. I have watched dolphins spinning in the air while watching the sun go down! They also have a great happy hour menu just in time for sunset making this the best spot on the island to not only enjoy sunset but also enjoy a Mai Tai or other frosty beverage to compliment the perfect evening.
7) Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton has an ideal sunset location. You can sit back and enjoy sunset and then stay and see everyone come watch the Manta Rays as they fed on the plankton.
The best part about the Kona Coast is there could be a great sunset around every corner. All you really need is to find a few palm trees, a clear view of the ocean and wait for the sun to drop. All you need to do get get yourself there and enjoy the view.