GPCR Workshop - Things to do in Kona, Hawaii

The Flying Fish at The Sheration is your gateway to Keauhou Bay and beyond. Their activity center will help you plan your vacaction activites.

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai Street | Kailua-Kona,Hawaii 96740
Phone: +1 866-837-4256

Hotel Recommended Activities:

Golfing: Kona Country Club, located just steps from Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The oceanside 18-hole course, designed in the 1960s by William Bell and owned by hotel and golf course developer Yukio Takahashi, has been rated in America's top 100 by Golf Digest and was home to the LPGA Takefuji Classic in 2000 and 2001. The course offers three signature oceanfront holes and scenic ocean views from virtually every hole. 

Snorkeling Tours:
Hop aboard one of the daily Kona snorkel boat tours to the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay or to explore remote south Kona. Feast on a BBQ fit for kings offered on the deluxe morning snorkel cruise to Kealakekua Bay, or enjoy the bay to yourselves on the shorter afternoon snorkel cruise. This site is regarded as the best place to snorkel in all of Hawaii for itʻs sea life and also houses the historic Captain Cook Monument. These are family-friendly adventures and are suitable for snorkelers of all skill levels! Find details at:

Zodiac and Raft Snorkel Tours:
Leaving from the Keauhou Harbor or Honokohau Harbor your high-speed rigid hull inflatable raft heads out over the deep blue waters of the Kona Coast. Along the way to your snorkeling destination, you’ll search for the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and whales. Snorkel at Honaunau Bay known as “The Place of Refuge”, a very historical and sacred site. It’s also a breeding ground for the Honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, who love to hang out amongst the beautiful coral gardens teeming with a rainbow of tropical fish. All kinds of floatation devices are brought so you are safe and comfortable above the reef. And, because you’re in a small group environment, the guides can give you a little extra attention if you’re a first time snorkeler.

Head out along the coastline and explore the multitude of sea caves and lava tubes in route to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and the event that ended the isolation of the Hawaiian Islands forever. Kealakekua Bay has been a marine sanctuary for over 30 years and some say it offers the best snorkeling in the state of Hawaii. Along the way, your raft hugs the coastline as your captain talk’s story about the legends, history, and unique geology of the Big Island.

Kayak Tours:
After touring special cultural areas of Keauhou Bay you will head south to the sea cave located in historic Kuamo’o Bay. In the Bay, you’ll learn about the epic battle that took place there and the brave warriors who now lie in the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Afterwards, you’ll continue to head south down the coast past the various coral reefs, caves, and coves, stopping along the way for snorkeling. In addition to the tropical fish, you may also get to see hahalua (manta ray), honu (turtles) and nai’a (dolphins).

Manta Snorkel:
It is a once in a life time event swimming with these majestic creatures. Depart from the Keauhou Bay or the Honokohau Harbor and whisk away to a campfire. A “campfire” is an area in the ocean that is lit up to attract plankton. The Manta’s looking for a free meal; fly in preforming flips, turns, and summersaults. No need to worry about safety, Mantas don’t have any teeth, barbs, or stingers. As for the cold many of our vessels provide wetsuits and a warm drink or meal.

Whale Watch (seasonal Dec-Apr):
Join us on board one of many great ships as you learn about the magnificent Humpback Whale and watch them care for their young and frolic in their tropical winter home. The waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands are host to the largest seasonal population of Humpback Whales in the world. Our seasonal whale watch is in the range of late December to early April. Playful Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are regular companions on the whale watch tours. Be on the lookout for the Pilot Whales, False Killer Whales, sea turtles and Mantas that frequent Kona waters all year round. A camera is a must.

The ziplines are not only adrenalin filled, but offer the newest in safety features. Choose from Ziplining the rainforest of Kohala inside the canopy of trees or Zip over nearly two miles of gorgeous tropical river gorges, waterfalls and the Hawaiian Rainforest at heights up to 160 feet. This eight line zip course is the longest side-by-side, dual track zipline with a state-of-the art magnetic braking system on Hawaii Island. These action packed tours can also be combined with exploring Kohala’s many waterfalls or a trip to the volcano, an exceptional way to see the landscape and scenery

Mauna Kea Tours:
The trip begins mid-afternoon with a pick-up at one of our central locations at Kailua Kona, Kings’ Shops located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort or the Junction of Hwy 190 and 200. As the tour drives up the mountain, you will learn about island geography, geology and natural history. While acclimatizing at the Onizuka Visitors Center (9,000 ft.), learn why the world's largest telescopes are located here and a bit about the lives of the astronomers. You will be served dinner at the visitor’s center. Before leaving the visitors center, parkas and gloves (the warmest available) will be issued. Then you’ll shift into four wheel drive for the steep 1/2 hour drive to the top of the majestic Mauna Kea.

On the summit, your guide will point out the observatories as they begin to open and rotate into position. Sit back relax and watch the most beautiful sunset ever. After the best of the color has passed you will descend to mid-mountain, where the sky is equally clear but the climate is always much more comfortable for stargazing. Whenever possible, you will explore the night sky using a large portable telescope, taking time to diagram the constellations and to learn some basic astronomy. Your guides are famous for their ability to locate the treasures of the night sky and interpret them in a way that everyone can understand. These tours usually sell out so we recommend confirming at least two weeks prior to event date.

Volcano Tours:
Join our Park Ranger trained guides and make the spectacular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park your breathtaking destination. Make a few stops along the way to learn about our islands culture, history, and land marks. Explore the Thurston Lava tube in the tropical rainforest. The two story mouth to the tube is dwarfed only to the giant ferns. Move your way to the Jagger Museum to learn about the geological study of the volcano. Lastly stand at the edge of the Kilauea Caldera down to the Halemaumau crater where ash and steam raise into the sky. One tour even stays for the evening to view the crater’s steam illuminated by the lava below. These tours are fully narrated by ranger trained guides and include snacks, drinks and meals.

Kilauea Volcano Bike Adventure Price Range:
Fill your senses with the ride of a lifetime! Experience the volcano up close and personal as you ride through plush rainforest and lava frozen in time on your 21 speed mountain bike. Your cycling adventure is conducted on paved roads within the National Park and around portions of the crater rim. It is mostly level terrain with a couple of small uphill and downhill sections. Along with the cycling portion, you will hike through an incredible rainforest that leads you directly through an amazing lava tube. With steam surrounding your feet, you will also stroll to the heart of the Volcano at Halemaumau Crater. Enjoy a light lunch, Island fresh fruit, macadamia nuts and other assorted snacks and drinks during the tour. This fully narrated adventure is truly one of a kind! Throughout the tour your guide will share with you history and geology of the area during the frequent stops along the way - an exciting and active way to spend the day at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

Waterfalls Tour:
The tour begins with a wonderful drive of contrast and change from the dry-side resort area to the lush green country of Kohala. Along the way you’ll journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines over lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. You’ll pass through the quaint plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, site of the birth place of King Kamehameha the Great where you will find a life-size statue of King Kamehameha I. At the end of the road you’ll pass through a locked gate onto private property, and the real fun begins, with a bumpy but short off-road drive in a 6WD Pinzgauer on an old cane road.

Out of the Pinzgauer, you’ll step back into the early 1900’s, when plantation owners began construction of the Kohala Ditch Trail to bring much needed water to the sugar cane fields. Along the 1.5 mile loop trail you’ll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct on two bridges, and learn the story of the tremendous effort it took to build an irrigation system stretching over 22 miles. You’ll delve into ancient Hawaiian history as well, visiting a former taro farming site just off the path. Seven beautiful waterfalls grace the trail. You can take a refreshing dip in the last pool you’ll visit, and play under a refreshing cascade of fresh mountain water. With stunning mountain panoramas, green valleys and pasturelands, and of course the abundant water, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure is a fascinating way for young and not so young to experience Kohala’s story of water.

Helicopter Tour:
The Kohala Hamakua Tour fly’s out of Waikoloa or Hapuna Resort off Highway 19. You’ll need at least one hour’s commute time to get to Waikoloa and Hapuna is 15 minutes north of Waikoloa off Hwy 19. The flight heads over Waimea and the Parker Ranch then out to explore the Hamakua coast line which is riddled with sea cliffs and valleys. Next fly into the Waimanu Valley home of a 2500’ waterfall. Finish the trip around the north point for the island and land back at the Hapuna Resort or Waikoloa helicopter pad.

The third Flight is a combination of both lifting off at Hapuna Resort or the Waikoloa Helicopter pad.

Hotel Activities:

Fitness Center: Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa Fitness Center, open 7 days a week, 24 hours.

Hotel Spa: For reservations and information, contact Hoola Spa at 808-930-4848 or see their full services here.