Spending your Big Island time in a vacation rental will bring you closer to the island aloha spirit. There are many vacation rental possibilities in Kailua Kona that vary widely in price/quality and luxury.
There are over 1000 vacation rentals in and near Kailua Kona available through several booking websites, and we recommend that you use whatever platform you are comfortable with. While searching you should narrow your search down by providing your travel dates, and by sorting on either “price” or “traveler rating”.
If you find a few favorite places a good strategy is to read individual reviews, and especially the bad ones! Not everyone has the same standards and seeing what people didn’t like and how the owners respond to such feedback can give you important clues on how you will like your stay.
List of Vacation Rentals in Kailua Kona (including Hōlualoa and Kealakekua)
We have compiled a small list with vacation rentals close to Kona below (all listed on the AirBnB website) to get your search started. Some of these may already be booked for the dates of your stay because they are so cool but they will give you an idea of what is possible for your stay.
- Beautiful Condo in downtown Kona (1 bedroom / 2 beds). This condo is located in the heart of old Kona town at only minutes away from Kona bay. It includes access to a saltwater pool and a rooftop for BBQ. [listing]
- A Cozy apartment in Hōlualoa in the middle of coffee farms (1 bedroom / 1 bed / 2 guests). Hōlualoa is a quaint small town 15 minutes / 7 miles above Kailua Kona. Its elevation (1200 ft.) makes it pleasantly cool. [listing]
- Private residence + hot tub on 3-acre coffee farm in Hōlualoa. Located less than 10 minutes by car from Kona on the cooler slopes of the Hualalai volcano. The owner lives on the coffee farm and can give farm tours and loves to talk about coffee farming! [listing]
- Kealakekua Bay Cottage with Gorgeous view (1 bedroom / 1 bed / 2 guests). This is a small private cottage with a cute garden and mesmerizing views over Kealakekua bay and in the middle of the lush and tropical Kona Coffee country. [listing]. For the record: Kealakekua Bay is one of our favorite places on the Big Island! :D
- AirBnB Plus homes (Kona / South Kona / Waikoloa): These homes are a selection of the highest quality homes on AirBnB with hosts known for great reviews and attention to detail. Every home is verified through in-person quality inspection to ensure quality and design. These may not be the most affordable choices (although some are!) but all homes that made it into this list are spectacular! [listings]
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Things to consider when choosing a Vacation Rental:
Vacation rentals have become the accommodation of choice for many visitors over the recent years and egal frameworks are now being worked on to make sure that owed taxes are payed and that the surrounding communities also benefit. To make sure you choose accommodations that pay their taxes and are legal you should pay attention to the following things:
- Always look for a Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) number or TAT ID on the listing. Only listings which pay their TAT are legal and pay taxes.
- Starting September 2019 most vacation rentals on the Big Island should be in the possession of a “Non conforming use certificate”, only vacation rentals properties that are localized in a Resort zone do not need to obtain such a certificate.
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