Kona Bali Kai, Big Island

Kona Bali Kai is a condo resort in Hawaii offering a range of amenities for vacationers. The resort features free parking, an elevator, a large swimming pool with loungers, deck chairs and tables, a hot tub/spa, a comfortable lobby with wireless internet, oceanfront gas barbecues, and oceanfront lounge chairs on the beach. Guests can enjoy the on-site Da Poke Shack restaurant, explore numerous shallow lava tide pools with green sea turtles, and benefit from on-site security and a convenience store across the street. The resort is a non-smoking property and is conveniently located between Kailua town and Keauhou Shopping Center, providing easy access to various restaurants, cinemas, and shopping options. Kona Concierge is available upon request to help plan the best Big Island vacation experience.

Kona Bali Kai Average Rates


As of May 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Kona Bali Kai is $153. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $290. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 1000 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

Based on the reviews, guests overall had a very positive experience at the Kona Bali Kai condo resort on the Big Island. Many praised the outstanding property location, highlighting the amazing ocean views from the lanais, the convenience to local attractions, and the peaceful ambiance that allowed for the enjoyment of natural beauty, including sunsets, surfers, and marine life like turtles and dolphins. The accommodations were described as clean, comfortable, and well-equipped, with special mentions of the thoughtful touches and amenities provided by hosts, such as beach gear, kitchen supplies, and welcome snacks. The responsiveness and helpfulness of the hosts were frequently commended, enhancing guests' stays. Some minor criticisms involved the age of the property and the need for updates in certain units, as well as challenges with air conditioning in some condos. However, these issues seemed minor compared to the overall satisfaction with the location, views, and host hospitality. The Kona Bali Kai condo resort appears to be highly recommended by most guests for a memorable stay on the Big Island. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 1000 guest reviews.

Recent Kona Bali Kai Reviews


The week we stayed was great. The view is spectacular and we saw whales on 2 different days from the lanai. The lava beach behind the property was enjoyable. There was a bunch of surfers catching waves just behind us. We highly recommend the Shaka Tacoz food truck at Ali'i Gardens Marketplace, it was a great value with great food. It is close to Kahalu’u Beach for snorkeling. Having a cooler, beach towels and beach chairs available was handy. We left a large boogie board for the next renters.There is a reasonable priced fruit stand right next door on the weekends.
Dan K.
February 2024

We just returned from enjoying 5 days at this beautiful condo. We were looking for comfortable accommodations that would feel like a home away from home. We did not want a sprawling resort where it would take 10 minutes to get to our room, offer no parking and fake views. We traveled to Kailua for the Ocean and Authentic nature. This condo did not disappoint. We enjoyed watching the surfers and whales from the balcony and loved falling asleep at night with the breeze and sounds of the ocean. Mike thought of everything to make his guests comfortable. There is a great selection of beach supplies so you don't need to bring anything and everything is in great condition. Most condos are almost empty but this one has what you might need so you aren't forced to make a trip to Walmart every day for little necessities, (shampoo, bandaids, sunscreen, coffee, spices, etc.). The building itself is a little old but the condo unit itself is wonderful. After staying here, no other condo could compare. We couldn't have been happier and will definitely book again the next time we travel to Kailua.
Regina T.
February 2024

Condo was as shown on line - updated and very clean. Neighbors were respectful and quiet. Only issue to be aware of is noise from the road and from the lack of sound proofing in the ceiling. Condo is on the 2nd of 3 floors and footsteps on the floor above can be quire loud depending on who is staying there. Also, this is a stretch of Ali'i Drive that is heavily trafficked.
Denise
February 2024

Excellent overall!
Larry N.
January 2024

Nice place to stay with everything you need to keep you comfortable and ready to vacation.
Michelle S.
January 2024

We stayed in this condo for a week. We enjoyed the proximity to the crashing waves which mask the traffic noise from Ali'i. The unit finishes and furnishings are very different from the photos which are obviously many years out of date. The master bath is in dire need of new fixtures and faucets (lots of rust and corrosion) - the tub developed a crack which leaked into the condo below rendering it unusable. The kitchen is fairly well stocked, though lacking a cutting board, wire whisk, a sharp knife and glassware (drinkware is all plastic). It's obvious these owners don't take care of their property. Wifi is incredibly slow - don't plan to be able to stream a movie. Pool is very small - more a plunge pool. Bed was comfortable and the A/C was much appreciated.
Suzanne N.
January 2024

What an amazing property! My husband and I stayed for 6 nights. This condo exceeded our expectations. It is nicely decorated and absolutely spotless. We have never been to a property that was so well stocked. There were 4 beach chairs, numerous umbrellas, beach towels and coolers for the beach. Now for the best part… the view! It can be seen from the kitchen, living room and bedroom. It was an incredible sight to wake up to each morning. We spent much of the time we were there on the lanai. It’s making it difficult to leave. The building itself could use some sprucing up. The property is weathered and garage looks like it needs some repairs. If coming to this area again we would absolutely stay here again.
Staci A.
January 2024

Great location on the shore. Pool is in the center so not much sun but the beach is great! Beds advertised as queens, but are not - they are smaller. Room was very clean and enjoyable.
Paul Z.
January 2024

Great view. Property manager very responsive and helpful. Some new appliances but the stove is rusty, carpeting is really old, couch was stained, and unit in need of a deep clean.
Sandra N.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Property was in a great location and had a great view of the ocean from the lanai. Could see turtles and whales from the room! Covered parking was great and communication with the property manager was easy and they helped if there was any questions that you had. Was a first visit to the big island and would stay there again next time we visit!
Casey H.
January 2024

This unit was exceptionally clean & I have very high standards. The kitchen was well furnished with all the necessities & bathrooms had many towels available. We loved the spacious lanai & spent most of our time there. We would definitely stay here when visiting Kona next time. Our only complaint is the pool area was very small and shaded from 1:30 pm on in January. But the beautiful unit made up for it! ☺️
Lesley B.
January 2024

This place was spotlessly clean when we checked in. Bed was comfortable and the condo had everything we needed. Great location and stunning view of the water from the balcony. Would definitely stay here again.
Claire W.
January 2024

The view from the balcony is amazing. The sunrise and sunset are picture perfect and watching the young people surfing is so much fun. It’s a great location to enjoy everything Kona has to offer and more.
Danise T.
January 2024

Excellent view, though somewhat obstructed by the vertical blinds. Excellent lanai—huge and well maintained. I had maintenance come in to oil the screen door—v helpful. Roach and ants the morning I woke up and we didn’t cook or eat, or have food in the house yet. Roach in the bathroom, even though no wet towels on the floor and I washed the bath mat each day. There’s no ventilation in the bathroom, so that kind of makes sense. Most unit have a window in the back of the unit but not this one. There is a lot of wear and tear in the unit, made me somewhat uncomfortable—I have higher standards at this junction in my life. The bed was super comfortable. Supplied four beach towels which was great. Beach chairs, on their last leg, but I used one of them. No umbrella. Vacasa was responsive to my requests for help, though don’t rely on texts, call them or go to the front office. Would be nice if fans could spin at a higher speeds—maybe my error. I used the floor fans at night as well. Loved the waves, the view, the location! This unit is priced a little less than others—maybe it’s bc of its condition, I just thought it was bc of the size. Pick up salt and pepper, and cooking oil at the store when buying food. They supplied paper towels and dish soap, as expected. Glad we went, but I would choose a different unit next time. Last bonus—3rd floor unit gives a great view. Traveling with my teenage daughter, the space was large enough for us.
Sarah M.
January 2024

The condo was like the pictures displayed. We had excellent views, and loved looking out at the ocean drinking our coffee. We would definitely come back again!!
Linda J.
January 2024

This is the second time staying at one of Holly's properties and we are devoted fans.. communication was fast and easy as always. The unit is very thoughtfully arranged for a studio.. everything you need..and the lanai and view..sublime..I love just the little touches like having blinds on the lanai and the most comfortable bed and linens...we hope to be back thank you Holly!
Marion F.
January 2024

Very nice condo with ocean view
Susan J.
January 2024

Excellent location, convenient parking, would stay again.
A R.
January 2024

On line descriptions are accurate, easy access, owner always responds to inquiries, check in was seamless..ample parking, view is awesome. Whales daily, lots of fun watching surfers, kitchen well stocked, WiFi strong signal…a pleasant week
Tom B.
January 2024

Although we were six women and completely filled the space, we were very comfortable. Beds were fine, kitchen well stocked. The oceanfront lanai was amazing. Mike is a conscientious owner, responding immediately to any questions or concerns we had.
Alice F.
January 2024

We had a fabulous time in Kona! The condo is beautiful and the view is fantastic! The bed in the primary bedroom was probably the most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on. Communication with the owners was great. I would definitely stay here again in the future! Mahalo for having us!
Jim & Karen R.
January 2024

Very comfortable unit. Enjoyed the sound of the surf and watching the surf boarders. Lanai was particularly nice for relaxing. Easy walk to a market for fresh fruit. Helpful to have Vacasa manager on site.
Barbara P.
January 2024

comfortable studio, good size kitchen, bathroom a bit disjointed and the tub needs repair. Complex staff are helpful and friendly, the gardeners keep the green spaces immaculate.' Across the road at the main complex is a great waterfront and a pool. Each evening the day ended with spectacular sun sets.
Jannette B.
January 2024

Property was wonderful. Perfect location. Modern decore. Incredible watching the surfers and whales each day. Property manager (Holly) was very responsive and answered all of our questions. Would rent again next year but it’s already booked.
Derrick W.
January 2024

Very nice clean quiet centrally located
Cindy V.
January 2024

Very good
Larry V.
January 2024

Wonderful location with the Pacific Ocean just steps off the lanai. Some of the best poke on the island just steps out the front door. Fully equipped apartment has ample fans to keep air moving. The location is a short drive to Kona. Wonderful to listen to the crashing waves, watching sunsets, and seeing surfers every morning. Good experience!
R Gregory D.
January 2024

Direct ocean front 2Bd/2Ba with nice floor plan. Clean, convenient to beaches, snorkeling, horse-back riding, restaurants, shopping. Fun to watch the kids surfing out front.
Deborah T.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was adequately helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: When we initially got there from traveling From a very long distance, we were locked out of the condo I called Wade to get a key and his reply was it's pretty Late to which I replied. I have no control over how long the flights are. So he showed up in about half an hour. And let us in other than that, everything was fantastic. The place was clean, everything worked.I would say if I was to give anything negative it would be. They could probably use some new furniture. The couch is ripped up cushions. But we had a great time, and it was a beautiful location.
Allyson M.
January 2024

This unit is every bit as beautiful as the listing shows. what the listing can't communicate is the sound of the waves crashing and how wonderful it is. Having the ocean in sight at all times was such a luxury. I saw a turtle from the balcony and others saw whales breaching from their balconies while we were there. We also enjoyed watching the surfers. There was a youth surfing competition while we were there which we could watch from the balcony. Mike also provided lots of information to help make the trip a success. You won't regret booking this vacation rental!
Shawnna C.
January 2024

The view off of the balcony is amazing and it was fun to watch the surfers. They had a competition while we were there and used a blow horn frequently. This unit needs some attention, it is very used and dated. First of all this unit has NO air conditioning. I missed that somehow. The west sun pounds into the Master and bathroom (which has no window covering- it is a louvered window with 1/2 of them not able to adjust They have obscure covering, but it doesn't help with sun ). You need to have the windows open all the time, and the ocean breaking is quite loud (which we didn't mind). The bedrooms all had ceiling fans and box fans, which we used non-stop. The master bath has a lot of corrosion on handles and faucet. The window framing in the shower/toilet room has had a lot of water damage, and it looks like they caulked it up and painted over it. The master sliding door is hard to close, and if you do it won't open again without practically lifing the whole door up. (My husband had to yank it open) Kitchen sink is very stained and gross. They gave us soap, a new sponge, hand soap and dishwashing tabs and few garbage bags. There was plastic wrap, and little foil in drawers. There are NO left spices or items (like olive oil) from previous renters. Not even salt & pepper. Refrigerator does have ice maker that kept up pretty well. Unmarked key on counter is for the unheated pool - it's cold! I would not stay in that unit again.
Jill C.
January 2024

My husband and I and another couple stayed for six wonderful nights. The view from the lanai is incredible and mesmerizing. The condo was well stocked with things needed for cooking, beach days and helpful paper products. Great location, far enough from town to be away from the hustle and bustle but only a five minute drive to be part of it. Parking under the building was great. Highlight was watching the whales from the lanai!
Jill D.
January 2024

Spacious, clean, amazing view!
Trista K.
January 2024

A million dollar ocean view from the beautiful balcony. Many good restaurants and a public golf course on the ocean nearby. We'd definitely stay there again.
Keith K.
January 2024

The place is very clean and easy to check in or out. The kitchen is full of supplies, which is amazing! In the morning we enjoyed watching surfers in the ocean on our balcony. In the evening. it's a great place to see the sunset. Great place to stay! Mike is a very responsible owner, always quick responses with quite a lot of useful information. Thank you, Mike!!
joyce z.
January 2024

Nice to have the ocean waves be all we heard
steven m.
January 2024

The lanai overlooking the ocean was magnificent. Well equipped unit that provided a convenient launching point to many parts of the island.
Laura M.
January 2024

The lanai is spectacular -- the view so wonderful that we could have lived out there for our entire stay!!
Jerry C.
January 2024

Thanks again Renee for your hospitality and allowing us the privilege of staying in your lovely condo during our vacation. The condo has everything you need during your stay except groceries. It's wonderful that previous guests leave their condiments and surplus provisions for the next guest. We really appreciate it and hope the guests checking in after us appreciate the "pay it forward" approach. It's nice to have coffee available as soon as you wake up in the morning before making your trek out for groceries. We spend a lot of time at the condo because of the amazing views from the lanai. We saw turtles in the water and suntanning on the beach below; dolphins doing their swim by and jumping and frolicking in the water and of course, the majestic whales. More sightings than we've ever experienced before. Single whales but most spectacular is seeing mothers with their babies being protected by the escort whales. Babies breaching; momma tail slapping to keep boats and other whales at bay. You didn't even need binoculars to enjoy the magnificent display. We also really enjoy the pool on site to cool down on hot days. There is so much to see and do on the Big Island or as little as you like. We absolutely love it here which is why we've been vacationing on the Big Island since 2011. We've been staying at the Kona Bali Kai since 2012 and love this condominium property. We've stayed at Renee's condo three times now and are looking forward to returning in 2025. Aloha!
Roger H.
January 2024

We loved it!
Amanda P.
January 2024

The condo is in a great location in Kona for an easy drive south and to the shops. The lanai is awesome! It's a great place to sit with coffee in the morning to watch the surfers and whales, and with win to watch the sunset. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable; the kitchen is well stocked. Karen and Ed were fantastic, including allowing us to stay extra time to ride out a storm. We would stay again! Thanks for everything!
Theresa V.
January 2024

My family of 5 stayed here for 1 week. The spectacular ocean views don't do the picture justice. Home comes equipped with basic kitchen amenities as well as beach necessities, like towels, umbrellas, snorkel gear, sand shoes and toys. The lanai provides outdoor comfort to eat a meal and lay back and watch the surfers, whales and waves. The owners also provided binoculars for us to enjoy the beautiful view. Definitely eat at Da Poke shack located on the property entrance, the best poke in town and catch the sunset at the sandy beach nearby.
Jermaine T.
January 2024

Fantastic accommodation, superbly located, very clean and well equipped. The balcony offers a fantastic view of the sea, the surfers and at the end of the day a memorable sunset. I have traveled the world several times over the years and rented several places, but this place has been my best rental by far. I have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation for a very relaxing holiday.
Christian S.
January 2024

Very clean centrally located nice pool and amenities
Cindy V.
January 2024

Found washer broken on arrival, dirty clothes locked inside. Host said known issue but forgot to tell us. Sched maintenance for the next day, we altered plans to work around but then told it was not fixable and would remain so. Nasty mess left by maintenance who used guest bathroom sink and toilet to flush something out. Nasty water and yucky parts strewn on floor. Host said use public laundry downstairs as alternative. Discovered it was coin operated but we had no quarters. Ran out to find some - only one gas station would help. Hurried back because the laundry room is locked at 9pm only to find the coins get stuck. Finally noticed instructions for app that can be used instead of coins requiring at least $10 to be added to your “funds”, not refundable if unused. Plus, only one of the 2 washers functions and was filthy . Thankfully the dryer in the condo did function well. Host initially offered mild compensation. Then offered complete refund if we found a new place... finally agreed to a few nights off, a nice gesture but a major hassle. We should have been informed prior. Condo building is run down, near end-of-life. Stair risers and carpet worn out, never cleaned. Metal surfaces corroded. Paint pealing. "Heated" pool was frigid! Hot tub water luke warm and cloudy. Front desk almost never on duty. The good: Unbeatable ocean view. Great location. In their defence, most of the big island looks run down - almost no new construction or remodling. Cheesy shopping.
Andrew V.
January 2024

This condo was perfect for our family of 4! Clean and well equipped. We loved watching the surfers and falling to sleep to the sound of the waves.
Wendy Y.
January 2024

Outstanding stay! Thank you! Extremely clean and well-kept property, at a phenomenal location. The online listing was spot on. We'll certainly be back. Only snafu was that we arrived after hours on Friday, and had some issues in finding the code. Even VRBO Help Desk wasn't able to locate the owner/manager - Thank you, VRBO, for your help! Ultimately, we went back to the original contract email (signed back on Nov 15, over a month earlier) to find the entry code and instructions, etc. Not the property manager's issue - we were looking for communication on the VRBO Email/Communication platform, not via private emails. Anyway, awesome place, the family loved it, and we've already recommended the property to our friends. Thank you, VRBO and Coldwell Banker!!
Raj D.
January 2024

Great views from the master and the lanai.
Caryn B.
January 2024

I loved everything about this unit. The bed was comfortable and the view was spectacular!
sherri k.
January 2024

This place had everything we needed during our stay in the Kona area. Lots of beach supplies and kitchenware, so we could easily pack our lunches before heading down to the beach. We found if we kept the blinds closed while we were out, and opened the windows upon return, we would get a good crossbreeze in the evenings. Sometimes we used the A/C, but it wasnt always necessary. It was really private as there was a stairwell that separated only two condos on each floor. This is an end unit situated in the back corner of the property and also backed onto a greenspace. We liked how the master bedroom faced this greenspace because it was on the cooler side of the building, and it is also open air (screened-in California shutters) so, you wake up to the sound of birdsong every morning and go to bed to the sight of the house lights on the hillside. You can also catch the trollery every hour down the main town strip. We would stay here again if we are fortunate enough to return to the Big Island.
Brittany B.
January 2024


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