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Kohala Coast—along the northwest side of the Big Island of Hawaii—is known for its seaside resort communities and award-winning golf courses. Stay with Inspirato at Hale Elima, a Balinese pod-style home with a private hot tub, pool, and welcoming outdoor area. Hale Kealoha offers the best beach access in Kohala Coast; it's just a 20-foot walk across lava rock from your backyard to reach the sand. Hale Kai also sits directly on the coast and offers a private pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean.
The Big Island offers something to entice everyone: world-class dining, scuba diving, hiking a volcano, exploring a rainforest or a champagne sail at sunset. Between the snow-capped hills and hardened lava fields are stretches of pristine white- and black-sand beaches, as well as clear blue water with rich coral and marine life. On the revered Kohala Coast, the many micro-climates of the Big Island give way to bright sun.
Paddle across Kealakekua Bay to Captain Cook's Monument, where dolphins will greet you in one of the world's most pristine snorkel and dive areas. Bring your snorkel gear for the calm waters on the other side.
It’s easy to see why Hapuna’s 61-acre stretch of fine, golden sand is often ranked a top U.S. beach by Condé Nast Traveler. Enjoy snorkeling the clear blue waters and if you’re up for the challenge, snorkel a mile down the coast to Wailea Bay.
One of the last major temples built in the Hawaiian Islands, Puukohola Heiau was constructed from 1790 to 1791 by Hawaiin ruler Kamehameha the Great. This sacred U.S. National Historic Site is associated with the founding of the Hawaiin Kingdom.
The Kohala Coast resides on the sun-kissed western side of the Big Island, where high temperatures hover between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows fall to around 70 degrees. Save for the occasional drizzle of rain, the sun shines almost daily, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling, sipping tropical cocktails along the waterfront, and frolicking on the beach.