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16 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Kailua Kona, Hawaii - Updated 2020

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Kailua Kona is the largest and one of the most populated towns in Big Island, which also happens to be one of the least developed isles of Hawaii. This, however, is not to its detriment; in fact, its raw, natural beauty is the reason why many tourists prefer staying in this area compared to the other parts of the state. Furthermore, many of the sights and attractions here can be visited at no cost, which is great for budget-conscious travelers. There’s an Airbnb rental available, whether you’re a tourist on a tight budget or you’re someone who prefers to stay in a quieter part of Hawaii. Take a look at this list to find the perfect Airbnb vacation rentals in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

1. Kealakekua Bay Bali cottage (from USD 175)

Beautiful, romantic, and exotic. These are the words that best describe this Airbnb rental, which can be found under a ficus tree in Napoopoo Village in Kealakekua Bay. Made of bali teak panels and decorated with old surfboards, this accommodation is a wonderful choice for honeymooners and couples on holiday. Besides its unique decors, it also boasts of the amenities that guests expect from a holiday home, including a fully-equipped kitchen, a barbecue, and WiFi. The beach park is less than two minutes away on foot from this property. Beach towels and snorkeling gear can be borrowed here.

Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage -steps from Bay
Captain Cook, Hawaii, United States
528 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bali cottage was cozy and inviting with all of the amenities you need
the open air shower kitchen and living space was a fantastic alternative to resorts of kona
thankfully there were plenty of fans and a screen around the bed to protect us overnight
i 'm a fan of nature cats and unique experiences so karen's airbnb was perfect
the outdoor cooking and shower are amazing the cottage has everything you need
be aware that it is open which limits cleanliness and welcomes spiders and bugs
great hospitality and friendly hosts
our hosts were so kind and welcoming
hosts were awesome
karen and ron were wonderful host very helpful with any questions we had
the hosts were very friendly and hospitable
absolutely perfect location
great location with a minute walk to manini beach and short drive to two step our favorite snorkeling spot
a one minute walk to a beautiful coastline
quick walk to manini beach and great snorkeling and dolphin watching
the location is a ways off the beaten path so be prepared for a winding magnificent drive
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2. A guest suite with a private lanai (from USD 171)

There is nothing you will not love about this guest suite. Delve into the breathtaking view of the ocean from your private lanai that is accessible via sliding glass doors. Sleep like a baby in the two comfortable bedrooms that can accommodate four people. In addition, you can also enjoy the kitchenette, a full bathroom with essentials and a spacious dining area. The living area with many sofas is a great place to sit back, relax and have quality chit-chats.

Studio-style Guest Suite with Private Lanai
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
62 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful view beautiful house spacious shower
the place is well designed incredibly clean comfortable and had several thoughtful extra amenities (e
morgan was thoughtful and the room had everything we needed
sofa bed could be more comfortable but other than that perfect
even so it's a lovely breakfast view morgan and kevin were extremely accommodating and friendly
the place is clean and cozy
it is new and spotlessly clean
also i tend to have issues with bugs and this studio was incredibly clean
everything was extremely clean and even better than we expected
everything is very clean and the apartment itself is very spacious and well designed
hosts are lovely and attentive
kevin & morgan are great host
wonderful home and hosts an example in hospitality :)
kevin and morgan were great hosts
and kevin was super helpful with directions
the place is very well located
i’m so satisfied to choose this place thank you
location is quiet calm and peaceful with beautiful sounds of birds at night and roosters in the morning
it’s super convenient save quiet cozy that’s exactly the purpose of doing airbnb than hotel
kevin and morgan's place was ideal and our stay wonderful
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3. Kailua Bay Resort (from USD 99)

A bachelor pad turned Airbnb rental, this property is just a two-minute walk away from the beach. Able to accommodate up to 2 people, the property comes furnished with the necessities, and even comes equipped with a washing machine. Surfboards, snorkel gear, and other beach gear can be borrowed by guests during their stay. Guests who are looking for adventure can check with the host to avail of discounts to rent jet skis or try diving or snorkeling. Those who prefer a more relaxed holiday, meanwhile, can use the pool, the hot tub, and the barbecue available in the condo unit.

Kailua Bay Resort
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
354 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the a/c works great but are older units & were pretty loud when trying to sleep
tv internet pool and the hot tub were much appreciated
the condo's a/c kept the space very comfortable
not a private bed but wasn't a problem
very clean and guest parking was good
the space was clean and bed is comfortable
check is was very easy the place was very clean and organized
roomy clean plenty of in-house amenities
the apartment is clean and nice and decked out with cool lights
bryce was a great host
host bryce is extremely nice
the hosts are very helpful and responsive
bryce and his wife were great hosts lots of great recommendations
bryce is a very nice host and super easy with his guests
the location is excellent
great location and overall great value
location couldn’t be better
great place and great location
location was great for walking to restaurants and shops
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4. Private treehouse rental (from USD 129)

Fulfill your childhood dreams of living in a treehouse by staying in the room for rent in this treehouse, which can accommodate up to 4 guests. Completing the experience is the greenery surrounding the house, which is populated by a variety of flora and fauna - you may even find yourself serenaded by frogs at night! Start your day with a cup of coffee made from beans grown by the host (you can take a tour of the coffee farm if you wish), as well as breakfast. If you prepare to cook your own meals, the kitchen is free for your use during your stay. While the property isn’t equipped with a TV, it does come with WiFi, a perk for those who love on-screen entertainment.

Treehouse Ohana
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
277 reviews
Private room in guest suite 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
perfect location delicious breakfast with amazing view and self grown coffee every morning
great breakfast with james’ kona coffee always available
their complimentary breakfast is delicious and their coffee is divine
from basic amenities like towels soaps and kitchen items to masks snorkels & fins - it’s all there
also the view from the master bed was breathtaking
the accommodations are comfortable and clean and as portrayed
this is a very clean quaint eclectic cute and comfortable ohana
keiko had our room stocked with everything we needed and it was very clean
james and keiko's was everything it claims to be and more clean unique and original
james was an amazing host
james and keiko were wonderful hosts
keiko was kind enough to accommodate my dietary restrictions
james and keiko were awesome hosts
james and keiko were such amazing hosts
the location of the treehouse is perfect
central ly located to every outing that we experienced
the location is good for exploring kona
really cool location with truly incredible hosts
the location is perfect — close enough to the sites beaches restaurants etc
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5. Hidden oasis in Kona (from USD 80)

This property may only be 3 miles away from the town center of Kailua Kona, but the lush vegetation surrounding it will make guests feel as though they are in the middle of a rainforest. Despite its exotic setting, the rental comes furnished with modern appliances and amenities, including a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and laundry facilities. Despite being attached to the main house, the room for rent features its own private entrance, thereby allowing guests to enjoy their privacy.

Kona Hidden Oasis
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
259 reviews
Private room in guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is like a private apartment and has all the amenities you need
very private patio excellent place to eat breakfast
the bed was comfy and the ac was great on one hot night
room seems to be inspired by the zen ideology extremely relaxing
linens on the bed were top notch and amenities were a pleasant surprise
what a clean and comfortable space
it was clean just like the pictures
very clean quiet and a comfortable bed
lovely comfortable space clean and comfortable
this is a beautiful clean private suite
mike is a great host
mike and gary were great hosts
mike is a very generous host
mike and gary were extremely gracious hosts
mike and gary were very welcoming and super hospitable hosts
great location a little oasis near downtown kona
close to the airport town and easy access to so many beaches
peaceful and comfortable close to kona but felt far away
excellent location and very friendly people
it’s in a perfect location to kailua kona
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6. An oceanfront penthouse condo (from USD 125)

What do you say to sipping cocktails in the evening as you marvel at the most spectacular views of both the sunset and the ocean? This oceanfront penthouse condo guarantees that indescribable experience at the spacious private lanai. You can also enjoy the natural light flooding in through the sliding glass doors. The condo itself comes with one bedroom and one bathroom along with a living room and an equipped kitchen. It does not stop here. The condo also features a swimming pool and a poolside barbecue.

Oceanfront Penthouse Condo with Swimming Pool and AC
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
20 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful view of pool sea and sunset from balcony
lovely decor spectacular view air-conditioned and comfortable
nice spacious apartment with lots of amenities
condo was very clean and the complex was quiet
the condo itself was sparkling clean and cozy and equipped with everything we needed
you can expect a clean neat and terrific condo with a perfect view of the pool and ocean
steve is a super host quick response to any questions we had like recommendations to great restaurants
great location in kona - within walking distance to town and restaurants
within easy walking distance to restaurants and bars
even better is the location
far enough from hustle and bustle yet walking distance to excellent cuisine and lots of great live entertainment
a perfect place to stay for your trip to the big island
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7. A modern beach house (from USD 299)

Relaxing in a hanging wicker chair or putting a record on the turntable is possible at this modern beach house that boasts concrete floors, mid-century furnishings and tropical plants. You and the other five guests can comfortably rest in the three available bedrooms. Step out onto the leafy patio whenever you want to relax. Enjoy cooking meals on the barbecue grill. You can also find two modern bathrooms.

Earthy Modern Beach House
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
77 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
modern and super comfortable place with amazing amenities
the place was comfortable and the kitchen well-stocked with supplies for cooking both inside and on the grill
the house is extremely clean and comfortable - with all the amenities we needed
well let me just say if you want interior decorating ideas this place was the class room
it was perfectly clean and as pictured
very beautiful and super clean house in a quiet neighborhood
it was convenient clean comfortable and amply stocked
very clean modern and thoughtfully decorated home
the house is as described and very spacious and clean
info provided was super helpful
the hosts were also very responsive and helpful
anya and dan are great hosts
anya and shirish are fantastic hosts
anya was accessible and a great host
wonderful place in an amazing location
the location was central to sightseeing and close to magic sands beach which we really enjoyed
convenient location - short drive to a lot of great places
great location in gated neighborhood close to beaches and the touristy ali'i drive
we loved our stay a perfect location for exploring the west side
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8. Tasteful condo with swimming pool (from USD 90)

Enjoy the best of what Kailua has to offer at an affordable price at this bright and tasteful condo just walking distance to the most popular local attractions. There are nearby cafes, restaurants, and shops to check out. This one-bedroom unit can accommodate up to two guests–ideally, couples or solo travelers will have a pleasurable stay in this property. This stylish room is newly renovated and has a comfy queen bed, and a bathroom with shower essentials and toiletries provided for guests’ convenience. Other amenities include beach towels, snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach chairs, a tent, and a cooler for guests to borrow if ever they decide to spend the day at the beach. A kitchenette is available with a microwave, fridge, dishware, and coffeemaker for basic breakfast prep. There is also a pool and free parking on the premises, as well as a barbecue grill and a patio balcony guests can enjoy for some air.

Bright apartment in the Heart of Kona
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
232 reviews
Private room in condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there was air conditioning which was much appreciated and a beautiful balcony
a nice studio apartment that shares a washer and dryer with adjoining unit
loved the large bathroom and the coffee machine :)
the lanai also has a space to sit and an outdoor ceiling fan to help stay cool
room was great and had a mountain view balcony to sit on at night
clean and comfortable room
the house is clean and comportable
a very nice clean small place to stay
the room was very clean and comfortable
very clean and stylishly decorated
soraya was an amazing host
soraya was a great host
host was great and quick at responding
the host was very responsive to all of our questions
she was very helpful and quick in response
perfect location in kona
great location for walking into town
but very close to many good restaurants
great location and very attractive unit
the location of soraya’s place is pretty awesome
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9. Newly renovated farm studio with ocean views

Experience Kailua from top-notch accommodations like this newly remodeled studio apartment on a farm. Big enough for two guests, ideally a couple or solo travelers, this bungalow has tasteful interiors with stylish furnishing making the place an airy and pleasant place to stay. Guests will sleep on a queen bed with high-quality linens and quirky plush pillows for a good night’s rest. Cooking meals is possible with a kitchenette decked with marble countertops and updated electric appliances, as well as bar seating for guests to eat their meals. There is a private bathroom with shower essentials and toiletries provided. An outdoor garden is available with patio furniture for guests to enjoy the sunset. Guests may feel free to check out the farm with several fruit trees and fresh dairy. They can also head to the beach and borrow beach essentials and snorkeling gear for a great afternoon at the beach.

Newly Remodeled Private Farm Studio W/ Ocean View
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
290 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
had some issues with the wifi but otherwise was great
nice room view and sweet dog
nice fluffy towels super cozy bed coffee included and shampoo and conditioner and body wash in the shower
a great place to stay the views are amazing and you feel right at home in this cozy studio
the space was comfortable and well decorated
it was clean and had everything we needed
clean comfortable and a pleasant place to rest
it's a great place clean (saw a few really small cockroaches) and nice with your own mini kitchen
i also loved the cleanliness of the place
place was clean and great with a nice set up
the hosts were responsive and welcoming
and the hosts provide great local dining recommendations in the little brochure
jeff was a friendly and gracious host
jeff and heather were very quick and kind in replying to our questions
the hosts are great they brought us fresh bananas from the farm and made our stay really pleasant
great location to get around
the location is a short drive from the airport and easy to find
location is terrific as it is close to the shopping area plus the beaches
cute place to feel comfortable immediately
fabulous location overseeing the whole coast from a quiet surrounding
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10. Private room in spacious five-bedroom house

This room for rent is in a five-bedroom home that provides guests with free access to the common areas of the house, including the kitchen, the deck, the hammock, the washer/dryer, and the clothesline. A trolley passes along the bottom of the street for those who prefer to take public transportation. However, if you’re planning to go to the beach, you can simply hoof it from here, as the property is just a five-minute walk away. A minimum stay of 2 nights and maximum of three weeks’ stay is required for this property.

Sunny Hawaii - Kona
372 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

11. Beautiful and affordable private room in a bungalow

Located just a short distance from a public transportation stop and just a short walk to the beach, this accommodation is the right option for those who want to stay close to the attractions yet remain far enough from these so that they can enjoy peace and quiet. Able to fit up to 4 people, this room for rent provides guests with shared access to the house’s features, which includes laundry facilities. Do note that there are dogs on site.

Peek-a-boo Paradise
167 reviews
Private room 2 Beds 4 Guests

12. Lovely bedroom with full breakfast

Located just a short drive away from the airport and the town center of Kailua Kona, this property is a great option for travelers who prefer staying in a quiet neighborhood. Paddleboards and snorkels can be borrowed by guests if they wish to use the gear. Rates are inclusive of breakfast. Do note that the rental is on the second floor of the house, which may be difficult for those who have mobility issues. Furthermore, those sensitive to fur should note that there is a dog on site.

Lovely bedroom Full Breakfast 5 Star Superhost
140 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

13. Condominium apartment in downtown Kona Plaza

This rental is located in the downtown area of Kona, practically putting guests within walking distance to the local attractions. Able to accommodate up to 4 people, the condo unit was recently remodeled, and it now features new appliances and furnishings. The condominium building itself features a large saltwater swimming pool, sunning decks, and a rooftop barbeque. The beach is just across the street. In fact, the Kailua Pier is world-famous for being the site of the Ironman competition.

Downtown Kona Plaza Gem
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
339 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

14. Clean, comfortable room in Kona

If you love the sun, sand, and surf but prefer to escape to a cooler place come bedtime, this is the rental for you. The room comes equipped with air conditioning to help guests cool off after a day out under the sun. Besides the rental, guests also have shared access to the house’s common areas (e.g. kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities). They are also free to borrow the beach gear, including snorkeling equipment and fins, on the property.

Clean, Air Conditioned Room in Kona
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
245 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

15. Condominium apartment with ocean view in the heart of Kona

Able to accommodate up to 4 people, this condo for rent is just a short walk away from Kailua Kona Pier and the town’s center, as well as to a number of restaurants. The apartment complex features its own saltwater pool and barbecue area. Beach gear have been made available by the host for guests’ use during their stay. Do note that the property is on the third floor of a building with no elevator.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
174 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fresh flowers were on the table
had beach amenities air conditioning and was very clean
extremely comfortable bed and all the amenities you'd need during your stay
the kitchen is well stocked and a/c worked well for us
very comfortable bed and the a/c worked well in the living room
very clean and comfortable
their condo is clean and comfortable
the condo was very clean and comfortable
the condo itself was very clean and stocked with everything needed to enjoy the beaches
very good condo so clean big convenient i like it
they are perfect hosts
jerry and alice are great hosts
alice and jerry great host always answers quickly
alice and jerry are wonderful hosts
alice and jerry are wonderful hosts
the location was perfect; it was close to everything
the location was perfect
nice condo in a perfect location
incredibly spacious condo in a great location
the location is great for many activities and walking distance to shops and food
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16. Bright and airy apartment in downtown Kona

Just 20 minutes away from the airport, this charming and airy apartment is great for two guests visiting or traveling to Kailua. Great for couples or budget travelers, this 300 sq m (3,229 sq ft) apartment has a double bed with comfy linens, a private and functional bathroom with hot water and shower essentials provided, as well as a makeshift kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker for guests to prepare basic breakfast meals. There is a free parking space for guests who traveled up to Kailua via a vehicle. Other amenities include WiFi access, a dryer, and a washer for those who wish to do some laundry.

Small Private Studio Close to Airport
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
63 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
room was hot even with fan
there was coffee a huge refrigerator and she even allowed me to do my laundry
good coffee hot shower and comfy bed - can’t beat it
i have to be honest the fans were good and we did not need an a/c
hannah’s space is cozy comfortable and restful
very clean and quite
it was super clean
very clean place and we had everything we needed
though small it was perfectly clean cozy and comfortable
i small place but very tidy and clean
great host she was very fast at responding
hannah is a wonderful host
a very gracious host thank you
the host communicates well and the unit was exactly as promised
perfectly discribed by the host perfect little studio
ideal location from the airport and good value
affordable efficiency close to town and airport
simple but pleasant place close to the airport
it’s close to the airport and easy to find
great location to downtown kona (about 8 min drive)
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Chilling at Kailua Kona

Kailua Kona is a popular tourist hub in Big Island. Instead of booking one of the hotels in the area, which most travelers will do, opt instead for the road less traveled and book an Airbnb rental. Besides the possibility of spending less money on accommodations, choosing this option will help you better understand how life is like in the islands. Rest, relax, and have fun in Kailua Kona by booking into one of the accommodations on this list.

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