Kona Reef, Big Island

Kona Reef is an oceanfront condo resort in Hawaii, offering a local-style ambiance and a convenient in-town location within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. The resort features an oceanfront saltwater pool, jacuzzi, BBQ grills, outdoor dining pavilion, and a well-maintained tropical common area with security patrols. Guests can enjoy the public beach right next door for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing, as well as the nearby Honl's Beach, one of the best white sandy beaches on the Kona Coast.

The resort provides ample parking options, including a rooftop parking area, street-level outdoor parking, and two underground levels of a covered parking garage. Kona Reef is not only close to Kona Town's attractions but also just one mile from the Ironman pier and two miles from the best snorkeling in Kona. With its oceanfront amenities, convenient location, and proximity to various activities, Kona Reef is an ideal destination for vacationers seeking a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Hawaii.

Kona Reef Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Kona Reef is $278. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $427. 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.

Guests at the Kona Reef condo resort on Big Island have shared a range of experiences in their reviews, highlighting both positives and areas for improvement. Many guests praised the resort's perfect location, which is within easy walking distance to Kona's main restaurants and shops, and the joy of waking up to the sound of waves. The views from the condos, especially of the ocean, were frequently mentioned as a highlight, with guests enjoying watching surfers, cruise ships, and sunsets from their lanais.

Several reviews mentioned the condos being well-equipped with amenities needed for a comfortable stay, including kitchen supplies, beach gear, and in some cases, air conditioning. The cleanliness of the condos received mixed reviews, with some guests finding their units clean and well-maintained, while others noted issues with cleanliness and maintenance.

Some specific units received praise for recent updates and the provision of extras like welcome baskets, while others were noted as needing updates or repairs, particularly regarding furniture, appliances, and general decor. The resort's pool, hot tub, and BBQ area were generally well-regarded, adding value to guests' stays.

However, there were some criticisms, including issues with parking, noise from nearby construction or the road, and challenges with property management responsiveness in some cases. A few guests also mentioned difficulties with the check-in process or accessing certain amenities.

Overall, while most guests had a positive experience, enjoying the stunning views and convenient location, there were suggestions for improvements in maintenance, updates, and management responsiveness to ensure a consistently high-quality experience for all guests. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 1000 guest reviews.

Recent Kona Reef Reviews

Great location close to shops and restaurants. Spectacular view of the ocean from the patio. We had some issues with the AC but got them figured out.
Luke V.
March 2024

Great stay very comfortable condo has everything you need Convenient to town for eats and drinks Easy communication with owners
Debra M.
March 2024

Beautiful View
Patchia R.
March 2024

My husband and I had a great time at this property. The check-in was seamless. The first thing that hits you when you walk in the door is the crashing ocean waves right off the lanai. Spectacular! We spent a lot of mornings and evenings on the lanai. We really appreciated the quiet surroundings of the complex while also being only a few minutes walk into town. Everything you need is there in the kitchen to make meals and and then enjoy them while watching the sunset. The bed was comfortable and shower was roomy. Parking was easy, and the A/C was much appreciated when it got a little toasty during the day. Highly recommend and would most definitely stay again. Mahalo!
Emily S.
March 2024

The condo was so nice it had everything you needed. The place was clean and the owner was so pleasant i would recommend this condo to anyone looking to make unforgettable memories. We will be back!
A.J. L.
March 2024

This condo is fantastic! Right on the water! You can sit and watch the waves and the surfers from your lanai. Easy walk to small sand beach. Wonderful sunsets - even saw the green flash one night! Has everything you need for a great stay. Good sized kitchen with everything you need. Has all the essentials so you are not stressed. The delicious box of chocolates and coffee was a nice touch. Host easy to communicate with and easy to park and get in to unit. Would love to return!

March 2024

Central location, quite and overall property clean. This was unplanned family emergency, one week turned into three. It was nice to have a home away from home.
Amelia K.
March 2024

Amazing location, corner unit-awesome. Spectaular view:) Enjoyed the fact that we had cooking grills available! Had the best place to dine! Walking distance to shops and restaurants, a bonus...we love it!
Allan R.
March 2024

Property well maintained. Individual unit needs updating and cleaning.
Barbara L.
March 2024

Kitchen dishes are in need of replacement. The coffee maker did not work. Loved the actual unit, kitchen just needs some updating.
Karen E.
March 2024

Location location location. Walk to everything. Grills by the pool very well maintained. If you are looking for a chill spot with options this is your place. Property mgr Tim very responsive. Will be back for sure!
david r.
March 2024

We loved the location and wonderful sunsets all week. The constant crashing of the waves was so peaceful. Very close to everything all activities and restaurants.
Thomas H.
March 2024

Great view, great location, for me the condo is spacious, clean not cluttered. I would stay here again! The owners are quick to respond to any questions.
Ken253 M.
March 2024

This was the perfect location to see the island. We went up north we went down south. It was just a super place.
Bill J.
March 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 was our third time staying in Annie’s condo and we have already booked it for 2025. Our favorite time in the condo is sitting on the lanai drinking coffee in the morning. Being on the third floor it is very private and peaceful. The only people who can see you on the lanai or inside the condo would have to be in the water pretty far out. The location is also stellar. No walking down dangerous Alii. The road to the village is a side street with little traffic. We have gotten a little lazy and now just walk over to the beach next door. It is so easy to keep the beach gear in the car, grab the chairs and umbrella and walk next door. We used to drive to the beaches fighting traffic, parking and usually a long walk to the beach. When we got home we were pooped. Now we just go next door and are ready for happy hour at On The Rocks. We cannot wait for next year.
Nancy F.
March 2024

The condo and resort was everything we were expecting and more! We would definitely stay here again! The view was nothing short of amazing and the condo was so comfortable. Coffee out on the lanai every morning was so relaxing. And speaking of coffee, the Keurig coffee maker was so appreciated! Thank you Tisha! This was a wonderful vacation and place to stay! So close to town and loved walking to the shops and restaurants. The closet full of beach stuff was an added bonus. The pool and resort grounds were beautiful. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and allowing us to stay in your piece of paradise!
Steve and Rhonda T.
March 2024

Overall, if the site would let me, I’d give a 4.5. The Kona Reef complex is perfect, right next to a small sandy beach plus super close to walk to restaurants and shops in the town. This unit, on the 2nd floor is a great location within the complex. It was easy to get to the ocean-front grass area, the parking lot, and the pool area. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need. We really appreciated the pantry items like spices, plastic wrap, etc. Communication with the management company was quick via text.
Janet M.
March 2024

Our visit to this property was amazing. Hawaiian Isle Real Estate made booking this property, checking in and checking out easy. The location is magnificent (within walking distance to restaurants and shops), and we liked the view of both the ocean and the pool. The condo was clean, and the kitchen and bathroom were stocked with the basics, including lots of towels. The bed was comfortable, which is so important. And oh, there were so many hangars in the closet. We also appreciated the ensuite washer and dryer. The owners did an amazing job of decorating the condo and keeping it in excellent condition, including new appliances and some recent renovations. You will need a car to get groceries, but we wanted one anyway to tour around the big Island. We are happy to give this condo a thumbs up 5/5.
Margot S.
March 2024

Our stay was enhanced by thoughtful details, cleanliness, a comfortable bed and stunning sunsets. The online description was very accurate and the Owners Recommendation/Helpful Guide was meticulously created. We are looking forward to returning!
Tony M.
March 2024

The location and accommodations were perfect for our stay in Kona. Highly recommended.
Suzanne L.
March 2024

The unit was very clean, and exactly as shown in the listing. They even have a pack and play and extra pad mattress in the closet if you need along with beach chairs, umbrella and a few other things. The manager was very friendly and communicative. The property itself was also clean and relaxing. Pool was perfect and easy to walk to the rocky beach in front with a small sandy beach on the side. Property is within 5 mins walking distance from ocean front restaurants downtown. We bought fish one night and grilled by the pool. Great stay.
Rebecca P.
March 2024

Enjoyed our stay. Perfect location to walking shops and dining. Condo had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. Highly recommend.
Karen G.
March 2024

See above
Charles B.
March 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Very good.
Arlen W.
March 2024

Azure Dreams is a wonderful unit that contains everything that was needed for enjoyable and stress free stay. Not only is the ocean view spectacular, the convenient location to downtown Kona and bars/restaurants is within an easy walk. My wife uses a wheelchair and unit has elevator that afforded easy in/out. Aside from pool gate access (difficult at best), we had little challenge getting around. Pool was decent sized, very clean and overlooks ocean. Owner communication is reliable and prompt, we would highly recommend this property!
Jeff M.
March 2024

The photos did not represent the unit. There was an active termite infestation/hatch. We woke up to dead termites and piles of castings every morning. The owner was apologetic and gave us a small refund which we used to spend two nights elsewhere for a break from the mess. This unit should be taken out of the rental pool until the problem is solved. The view from the lanai is gorgeous-look over Honl’s beach to the ocean. Best location for walking to old Kona town.
Sarah P.
March 2024

We were first time visitors to Hawaii and could not have picked a better place to stay. This condo was PERFECT for location- the view from the lanai was AMAZING! The condo was comfortable and welcoming! Within walking distance if you like to ealk, to so restaurants, shopping. We would definitely stay here again!

March 2024

We would definitely stay here again.
Cindy S.
March 2024

The condo was dirty, floors, kitchen cabinets and dishes were dirty. The floor under the bed was grimy. Screen and windows were filty, as the railing and the furnitures on the balcony. It took us 2 days to make it somewhat acceptable. And the wifi was not working for 3 days. The shower had to be cleaned with soap and Javex. This place had NOT BEEN RENOVATED. It needs revamping.
Gilles H.
March 2024

The rental is in the perfect location to walk down the street to where all the shops and restaurants are located. The owner gave the best recommendations for places to eat and beaches to visit! She reached out during our visit to make sure we didn’t need anything. The condo was clean and well stocked with the most beautiful sunset views. I would recommend this rental to anyone staying in Kona!
Julianne C.
March 2024

We have stayed at Kona Reef for many years. This was the first time in this room. The location is perfect, the accommodations were neat and clean just as pictured. It is right next to the beach, walking distance to downtown area on Ali drive. Loved our stay, and cannot wait to book again!!
joelle r.
March 2024

Beauty by the sea
Rebekah L.
March 2024

This property was perfect! Great location, clean and had everything needed for a relaxing stay. I can’t say enough about how thoughtful Lori and Jay were with their communication and concerns for a delightful stay. I hope we can make it back soon, I also feel at ease to highly recommend their property to anyone who’s considering it ! Thanks again, Bob and Roseann.
robert s.
March 2024

The property was exactly as listed . The bed was very comfortable. Short walk into restaurants in Kona. With the screen door we listened to the waves. I would stay here again if I return to the big island.
Julie E.
March 2024

Great location, view was outstanding. Enjoyed every minute.
Mary Kay C.
March 2024

Property is clean and conveniently located near downtown Kona. Easy parking and INCREDIBLE VIEWS! We saw Whales, Dolpins, fish and Amazing Sunsets
Carl H.
March 2024

Our 4-day stay in this unit was wonderful. We enjoyed this nicely remodeled one-bedroom condo on the ground floor with a true oceanfront view. The pool, hot tub, bbqs and surrounding areas were well maintained. The short walking distance to town made it easy to access restaurants and stores without having to deal with pay-to-park lots which are expensive. We would definitely recommend this property and would choose it the next time we visit the Big Island.
Chris O.
March 2024

Wonder spot excellent views from lanai Will be back!
Corinne P.
March 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: You can't beat the view! Amazing wide panoramic view. Love the screens on the front door and Lanai so you can get cross breezes. Plenty of towels, beach chairs. Kitchen is small but well stocked. The location into the little downtown area was great - it's less than a half mile walk to great restaurants and shops.
Sarah R.
March 2024

Wonderful condo on the ocean. You fall asleep listening to the waves. Condo has everything you need: comfy beds, full kitchen, beautiful lanai to sit on. Did we mention the million dollar view? We saw whales a bunch of times in the distance. Great home base. Must do's: Volcanoes National Park; night snorkel with Manta Rays; Hawaii Botanical Gardens; Black Sand Beach. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Lynn P.
March 2024

Loved the Hawaiian decor, ease to walk into town, waking up and having coffee on the lanai and watching the surfers!
Gail M.
March 2024

This property was clean and has a beautiful ocean view. The unit has plenty of amenities for all the rooms and beach gear. The lanai has very nice furniture and is perfect for watching the sunsets, surfers and whales. It is close to town and is a short walk to a farmers market, shops and restaurants. Free parking is definitely a bonus.
Marlene I.
March 2024

Nice unit. Clean except some ants around sink. Manager responded promptly and advised spray and traps located under sink which I could use. Also I arrived after dark and security lighting not working outside entrance so couldn’t see keypad buttons to enter until I retrieved flashlight. Being on vacation I’m not use to having to follow checkout instructions that lessen the housekeeper’s duties. I’m a neat person but and travel a lot but seemed more than average for the price. Otherwise quite comfortable with walking distance < 1 mile to shops and Restaurants. Lots of beach gear available to use along with a lending library. Probably would look toward other options if I was to return as price comparable to some hotels.
Robert N.
March 2024

Everything was fine except for the lanai furniture and living room furniture are very uncomfortable.
Deborah C.
March 2024

Great location, within easy walking distance of the center of Kona tourist central. Good communication with the host, no issues on checkin. The door unlocked to our code and in we went! We appreciated being able to print-out the parking pass in advance. Thank you for making our stay in Kona easy.
Carl P.
March 2024

The unit is well maintained and appointed. The location is walking distance to town and shops, the pool and the beach. What more could you want? How about a killer view of the ocean and being able to watch the whales frolic as you enjoy cocktails! Everything was great. We would highly recommend.
Loretta R.
March 2024

I highly recommend this wonderful condo for a trip to Kona. Extremely well stocked, clean, and very easy check-in / check-out process. The view is amazing and we especially loved the sunsets. Very quiet and private. Took advantage of all of the great beach equipment- towels, chairs, umbrella, and snorkel equipment. Thank you for a lovely stay. We felt very welcomed by all of the attention to detail. We would love to come back!
Rhonda H.
March 2024

We had a very good experience with this lovely condo. Everything was just as advertised in the listing. The location can’t be beat, and the property is well maintained. Parking can be a bit challenging at times, but nothing that was too inconvenient. We recommend this spot, and would come back if we ever get back to Kona area.
Nancy W.
March 2024

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Peter W.
March 2024

Great location for shopping and dining options. Well appointed condo with great pool and ocean view. Good value
March 2024

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