Kona Makai, Big Island

Kona Makai is a beautiful oceanfront complex located on famous Ali'i Drive, just over a mile south of historic Kona Village. The well-maintained resort features lush gardens with native Hawaiian plants, an oceanfront heated saltwater pool, hot tub, tennis courts, exercise rooms, ping pong, gas barbecues, and covered parking. Guests can enjoy oceanfront seating with loungers, watch spinner dolphins, whales, and monk seals, and experience stunning sunsets. The complex is gated at night for security and offers easy access to snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water activities when ocean conditions are calm. Kona Makai is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, farmers markets, and various recreational activities, making it an ideal choice for vacationers seeking a tranquil and picturesque Hawaiian getaway.

Kona Makai Average Rates


As of June 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Kona Makai is $160. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $271. 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 616 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.

Guests have overwhelmingly positive experiences at the Kona Makai condo resort on the Big Island, praising its amazing views, cozy and well-equipped accommodations, and excellent location. Many reviews highlight the breathtaking sunsets visible from the decks, the well-maintained gardens, and the convenience of having everything needed for a comfortable stay, including full kitchens, washer/dryer, comfy beds, parking, and internet. The resort's amenities, such as the pool, hot tub, barbecue area, and direct access to the ocean, receive high marks. Guests appreciate the added bonuses of beach gear and other essentials provided in the units. While there are a few minor suggestions for improvements and mentions of maintenance needs, the overall sentiment is that Kona Makai is a beautiful, peaceful, and perfect spot for a Hawaiian vacation. The management's responsiveness and the sense of community among guests are also noted positively. Despite some rules around the condominium complex and occasional maintenance issues, guests express a strong desire to return and recommend Kona Makai to others. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 616 guest reviews.

Recent Kona Makai Reviews


Plenty of room. The condo needs some TLC. Couch and chair were crippling. So uncomfortable. Mattress was not comfortable to me . Mine was too soft and noisy. My friend said her bed was good. Shower faucet needs repair before it comes out. Toilet ran. No view except in one corner. The place did its job even with the few necessary updating/ maintenance
Jean H.
March 2024

The unit and property came as advertised and met our needs completely. Enjoyed our time in the pool and sitting out near the waterfront watching the whales and dolphins.
Tim W.
March 2024

The condo met and exceeded our every need in all respects. The location to the ocean (on both sides of the unit) with excellent viewing will provide lasting memories. Hope to enjoy it again in the future.
Brian M.
March 2024

Nice unit in a beautifully maintained complex. Grounds are lovely. Very quiet. Unit is a nice size. Kitchen has a full sized fridge, large in house washer/dryer and a full sized dishwasher. Cooking pans, knives, other utensils and appliances are of very high quality. Bathroom has a large walk-in shower which is great. Also, a standard height toilet which is a bonus! A few tweeks would make it perfect. There are many 'decorative' items that take up too much space. No real place to put personal things like books, snorkel equipment, snacks, etc. A bit of decluttering would go a long way. Front entry could use a few wall hooks - again for bags, jackets, hats, etc. Outside lanai is a good size with a side ocean view! Lanai furniture needs an update/overhaul, however, as the paint has chipped off the arms of the chairs and the cushions have lost most of their support. The fact that they are high tops is wonderful for the view but they are extremely difficult (and noisy) to move and place when you are sitting on them. If they swivelled it would be ideal.
Brenda J. D.
March 2024

My family really enjoyed the stay. The kids had a blast going to the swimming pool after long days visiting the island and seeing the beautiful sunsets
David C.
March 2024

We were impressed with this property as soon as we stepped in. The kitchen was impressive in that all appliances were very new and operated flawlessly. Pots, pans dinnerware, cutlery were all outstanding. The location is ideal. Getting anywhere was easy. All our contacts with management were cordial and extremely helpful. We truly recommend this property.

February 2024

We were very happy with the Condo at the Kona Maki. It was cozy and the views were spectacular!!!The complex grounds were very nice, awesome views of the ocean, Whales Breaching, Dolphins swimming by, which makes the stay even better. Jeanette and Michael were very informative with any questions we had and were very prompt with some minor issues that were dealt with promptly. We had a very nice stay!!!

February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. 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: Nicely located unit in a complex with beautifully maintained gardens. Quiet, peaceful and comfortable. . Management company is very responsive to any enquiries. Jackie Rey’s is a 5 minute drive.
Brenda J. D.
February 2024

Nice
Carma J.
February 2024

Was as expected. Great location. Dinners and happy hour with every sun set. Whale watch from your deck.
Jason S.
February 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We found everything needed to be comfortable in this unit. We did gave an issue with the tub draining and someone was there and fixed it promptly! Loved the ocean view. We were able to see the whales from our lanai.
Michelle & Art B.
February 2024

The Kona Makai is a fantastic complex. The pool, hot tub, and oceanside BBQ are such a great part of the stay. The apartment is lovely. Well furnished with comfortable furniture and beds. The upstairs loft was perfect for our teen son. Parking at the condo is easy. The management company is easy to work with, prompt in their responses, and friendly. The unit has beach equipment, like chairs and boogie boards which makes that part of the stay easy. As far as location goes, it was perfect. Close to town, with easy access to restaurants, groceries and the beaches. The apartment is on the top floor of three floors with no elevator, but that was not a problem for us. As far as the rules go, they didn't bother us. They seemed like common sense courtesies that make staying in the buildings more enjoyable for everyone. The whole stay was relaxing and fun. We look forward to staying here again!
Craig M.
February 2024

we had a wonderful stay - listing was as described and the view from the balcony was really nice; we could see the whales from there. overall a nice place to stay.
Debbi G.
February 2024

As always, we very much enjoyed our visit to Kona. The Kona Makai unit we rented was very nice and furnished with everything we needed.
Stan G.
February 2024

Very good location for all that we wanted to do. This unit was a bit further from the ocean and the pool than we expected but not a far walk. Pool and patio area we wonderful for relaxing at the end of the day and watching whales.
Lori
February 2024

Lovely, comfortable and very Hawaiian feel. Beautiful property with lush gardens, gorgeous ocean views complete with many whale sightings, and lovely clean and warm pool and hot tub. Only wish we could have stayed longer! Great communication with owner. Quiet, relaxing and friendly environment. A Happy Place with much Aloha!
Donna H.
February 2024

I travel a lot for business and will admit it has taken me longer than most to sign up for VRBO. This was an excellent property to start my experience with. Clean and comfortable. There was no dishwasher, but that was not a huge issue - it kept things clean for us. Ideal size for 2 people. I was worried about parking, but it was never an issue.
Danny K.
February 2024

Lovely 2 bedroom condo. Clean and quiet, well located within the complex. Had a wonderful time at the property. Had to contact the property manager for one small issue and it was immediately taken care of. Such a marvellous condo. Will definitely rent again
Charyl C.
February 2024

The location is close enough to town without being in town, the grounds are great to walk and enjoy. We ended a long trip with a few nights of downtime and it couldn't be better for Relaxing in Kona than this.
Rich H.
February 2024

Wonderful views, quite complex, fantastic location. We spent a wonderful 5 days at this beautiful condo. Stocked with everything you need and more. Can’t wait to go back
Charyl C.
February 2024

We enjoyed our stay, and with a few exceptions, the unit is furnished with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. The unit is a bit dated and could benefit with some updates. For example, the television is about the size of a computer desk monitor and there’s only a couch in the living room with no comfortable chair. The bathroom towels and the beach towels were somewhat worn. Neither of the ceiling fans worked properly. Note that this is one of the rental units that supplies little more than salt and pepper in the way of kitchen supplies. That said, our friends liked the unit so much that they are renting it next year.
Edward B.
February 2024

This is my third stay at Kona Makai. I like the location of this complex however it has become crowded making it difficult to find parking. We stayed in building 5 this time and found it very close to the other lanai's. Very strict rules about where you can use your phone. This condo had a nice kitchen but the rest of the condo is dated. The bed was ok but the out door furniture was very uncomfortable and the one lounge chair was falling apart. The towels are very small and old. With some inexpensive updates (towels, shower curtains, and lounge chair), it would be nicer. Don't count on the weight room and exercise room as everything is rusted and feels like you're in a old dungeon. The BBQ area and pool are on the smaller size for the number of people who live there. Will definitely be looking for a different complex to stay in next time.
Karoline B.
February 2024

Everything was perfect
Sally E.
February 2024

There were 6 adults and 2 children staying in this condo. It was so wonderfully neat and tidy (we especially appreciated this after the condo we stayed in in Maui days before). This condo had everything you needed for your stay, right down to some kids toys which my two girls were extremely happy about. Check in process was easy because clear instructions were sent. We enjoyed sitting on the lanai watching the ocean and the sunset. Even saw some whales! 100% recommend this condo. Location was also great!
Alissa T.
February 2024

The pictures don't do this place justice. It's much more modern and bright in real life. I loved this condo and the complex. The host is very easy to work with. Great stay! A+ !
monique h.
February 2024

Great place to stay. This was our second visit. Only con was it appeared that other guests had just checked out and the condo had been hastily cleaned. The floors throughout were super dirty. We were stepping on crumbs. Hair in bathroom sink.
sue a.
February 2024

This was the first time to Hawaii for three out of four of our group and the condo was the perfect home base to explore the island. The kitchen had all the basic equipment we needed to cook, which we did for most of our stay. The dishwasher didn’t work and the property manager had it replaced within a day. The ice machine in the fridge was very convenient and well used by our group. We also made use of the snorkel gear, beach chairs and coolers. The beach gear was in fair used condition with some items showing some wear and tear. One of our favourite features was the pool/cabana/shoreline common area. Every afternoon we would head down and enjoy the sunshine, staying until sunset. The beach is not swimmable but the lava rocks combined with the crashing waves to produce amazing sunset photos. The rocks are fun to climb on and explore for older children and adults. The landscaping of the property was nicely done. The lanai (deck) was another one of our favourite features. This unit faces the end of another building which gave us a lot of privacy. The far end of the lanai has an ocean view (better seen from inside the unit.) The location is great, right on the main drive but not too close to downtown. Overall, we were very comfortable and had everything we needed. The mattresses were showing some wear as were the shower heads/bathtubs but everything was functional and clean. The shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided smelled great and worked just fine.
Nicole
January 2024

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay here. It was perfect for just the 2 of us. It was clean with great amenities.
Patti N.
January 2024

This two bedroom condo is perfect for parents with kids or a few friends. The location is awesome. Located on the ocean side of the main street, but due to the design of the complex it feels secluded. The complex is gated, the unit is on the second floor, and is easily accessed. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen is clean and adequately equipped. The complex pool and gas barbecues are nearby. Both are cleaned daily. The entire complex has beautiful landscaping and the views of the ocean are incredible. Sunsets every night are majestic and are the only time we noticed a crowd at the complex. The management team is super responsive and informative. I would highly recommend this location. Thank you for a wonderful week in paradise.
Mike C.
January 2024

We loved the view, location and kind people around. Condominium was clean and comfortable for family of 4. We enjoyed the sunset form our balcony and pool ground every evening. Would recommend to others. The management was very helpful and responsive for all our questions and needs . Mahalo
Malgorzata A.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This property was in a fabulous location. The amenities were impeccable. There was a landscaper on the premises every day tidying up the property. The view of the ocean was spectacular, we saw whales and dolphins. The condo had everything we needed, including the air-conditioning. We could walk to restaurants if we chose or drive.
Barbara D.
January 2024

Lovely well kept condo with all we needed
Lori C.
January 2024

We had a lovely time at the Kona Makai. It doesn’t disappoint. John was very easy to communicate with and the condo was very comfortable for our stay.

January 2024

Enjoyed the location on property
Randy L.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Spent a week in Kona for the first time and this condo was the perfect place to get a feel for this island.
Carla E.
January 2024

The location of the property was terrific and the room had everything that could be needed for an enjoyable stay on the island. I very much appreciated all of the additional amenities offered in the property. The owners offer many things that are useful for a beach vacation (beach towels, body boards, sun umbrella, snorkeling sets, and chairs)! Additionally, the kitchen is stocked with a blender, rice cooker, and many other things needed for a longer stay on the island. The only thing to note is if someone has younger kids, the grounds & HOA have a lot of rules that may make the stay a bit more stressful than staying at a place that caters more to families. Overall, a great location and a great stay!
brandon a.
January 2024

This condo is as advertised. It was clean, well stocked, in a nice location, the beds are comfy, and the development was quiet. This was a great condo for our family of five.
Tammy B.
January 2024

We enjoyed our stay, room & property were clean and well stocked, location was great. We would definitely come back, Thank you for a nice vacation
Carolyn C.
January 2024

Had a great time staying at Kona Makai 4202. Parking was ample and check in was a breeze. The condo was well equipped and complex was beautiful. Can be cozy with neighbors on other lanais but to be expected in Hawaii. We had an exceptionally obnoxious neighbor yelling loudly and profanely for a very long time. One call to Kona Coast Vacations management and the situation was quickly resolved and no more problems. A couple suggestions for the condo itself: a new mattress would be welcomed, a bigger and smart tv mounted on the wall so the AC isn’t blocked by furniture. Everything else was perfect.
Kaye G.
January 2024

Clean place, nice view. Pretty good value for the money considering how much it costs everywhere around here. We liked that there weren't many kids either.
Ryan H.
January 2024

This was the perfect place for my husband and I to spend 6 days on the Big Island. We loved being close to downtown and all the restaurants and in a spot that had its own coastline access, pool, and hot tub. The place was super clean and the kitchen tools and beach gear was excellent. We also appreciated having plenty of parking and a gate at night for added security. We would definitely recommend staying here if you are looking for a great place in Kona!
Jordan D.
January 2024

We've stayed in this unit a number of times and love coming back. The location, the unit itself and the hosts are all amazing. Seeing the dolphins and waves from the balcony is very special. The new TV, washer and drier and anything might need for a relaxing vacation. Thank you!
Irina N.
January 2024

We enjoyed the stay at the rental. It was very well furnished and had everything we needed in the kitchen to make meals. My only issue was that the bedroom faces the parking lot and there is a lot of light coming in at night since the curtains dont block out all the light . The nightlamp opposite the bed is also quite bright and there is no way to turn it off. So if u are someone who cannot sleep easily at night with ambient light, bring an eyemask. The property itself is beautiful and there is a great place overlooking the ocean to watch sunsets
Shilpa S.
January 2024

Great spot to chill if you’re visiting Kona, the complex has a pool and there is seating next to the ocean. Two miles to town, we walked a couple of times
Kory A.
January 2024

floors filthy--if walk around with socks on, they get brown/black, around the base of toilet dirty, edges of kitchen counters filthy. The bathroom rugs are mildewed and dirty
Silver H.
January 2024

The view from the condo was wonderful! They also had everything we needed for some great beach days, which was very much appreciated. The place was wonderful and communication exceptional. We enjoyed the stay!
Julie A.
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 very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The positives: This was the only place we stayed this visit that we didn't see cockroaches in the kitchen! The AC unit worked very well, and cooled it off immediately.They had a lot of nice stuff we could use, snorkel gear, cooler, chairs, umbrella. They had extra blow up mattress and bedding for our 5th guestNegatives:The spiral staircase was not convenient to carry luggage to the loft, the upper unit sleepers ended up leaving all their luggage in the main bedroom and changing in there. Its on the 3rd floor with no elevator, not a big deal, but it was tricky getting all of our gear and groceries in and out when we arrived and left.The previous renters left all the dishes disgusting! There were eggs in the pans put away in the cupboards etc. We had to rewash everything before we could use anything (no dishwasher). Totally not the fault of the management company, but really gross!There are SO MANY rules! Wasn't a big deal, because we didn't need to break any, but when you're walking around the property you are being watched like a hawk!
Kerry S.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. 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: This rental unit was very well equipped complete with everything as advertised and more. Every little detail was anticipated with the supplies provided. Received a text after check in, asking if we needed anything. Beautifully decorated, excellent location in the condominium complex with an ocean and pool view. Fell asleep to the sound of the ocean waves each night. I highly recommend 1204 Kona Makai.
Anji Lynne C.
January 2024

I was impressed with everything about this place. It is kept immaculate inside and out. The pool is warmer than most and the hot tub hits the spot. The grill and chill area right on the rocky beach is pretty epic. When I booked this place my only qualm was the carpet in the photos but that’s since been removed. Book it! Mahalo!
Gina D.
January 2024

Great location and nice and quite
Lorena J.
January 2024


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