10 Things to do at Kona Kai Resort & Spa, (San Diego) for the Whole Family
California - September 4, 2021

family pool at Kona Kai Resort
family pool

We had a lot of changes this year, as did many families. One of them was having my Father in Law move in with us unexpectedly. The kids love it and we have now settled into a routine but it was quite an adjustment.

Another adjustment was going on vacation all together. I wasn’t sure how this multigenerational vacation would turn out. It’s already a challenge going on a road trip with kids.

Second, we all had to share space! I certainly don’t like sharing space, even with my own family when on vacation.

But Kona Kai Resort and Spa (part of The Noble House) is the perfect place for families to spend quality time together. Whether you want to explore and enjoy nature, or have a relaxing time in one of the spacious guest suites, Kona Kai has something for everyone.

You can even get adjoined suites where you can share time with the entire family but also experience some privacy.

Multigenerational traveling, here we come!

Shelter Island

Kona Kai Resort & Spa is located in Shelter Island near Point Loma, California. Shelter Island is a small island that is part of San Diego and is surrounded by water on all sides.

The only way to get there is via a bridge or ferry crossing.

Shelter Island sign with gir sitting on fountain
Shelter Island

There are so many things to do in Shelter Island that at kid friendly such as hiking trails, bike paths, kayaking tours, paddle boats, power boat rentals, charter boat rentals and yachts, jet ski rentals, and even scuba diving.

Families can also enjoy the beaches, especially because there aren’t many waves compared to other California beaches which is great for families with small children.

Shelter Island Beach
Shoreline Park

There is also a beach park called Shoreline Park with picnic tables and benches, beautiful landscapes and eye catching art such as this concrete and mosaic gazebo was designed by James T. Hubbell in 2006. It was built to replace an old, rotting wooden gazebo.

We stopped by a great coffee place on our way out. There is also Marvelous Muffins Bakery and a great local seafood bar. The last night we were there we ate at Ia very good Italian place called Pomodoro Ristorante Italiano. Be advised that restaurants close pretty early at Shelter Island.

Kids under three can even enjoy a free ride on the ferry to and from Shelter Island!

Parking is available at Kona Kai Resort, but you’ll want to put that out of your mind once you arrive here because there’s so much else for families like yourself to do while staying at Kona Kai Resort and Spa.

Shelter Island is so much fun to explore, but you can also do so many activities without leaving Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Here are 10 Things to do at Kona Kai Resort and Spa, (San Diego) for the whole Family.

view of Downtown San Diego

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

The newly transformed and expanded Kona Kai Resort & Spa is home to modern luxury. From the food served at The Vessel, to snacks from the Tiki bar, and relaxing near the adult-only pool, guests can enjoy a luxurious stay. Kona Kai’s private beach is a dream!

When you walk into the lobby, you feel like you have arrived to luxury coastal fare.

The resort is surrounded by a lush landscape with palm trees and beautiful flowers. The property also offers an outdoor pool area that includes a shallow pool for kids, hot tub, picnic tables and loungers with umbrellas so you can soak up the sun while enjoying your time at Kona Kai Resort in San Diego!

There’s also an area to play giant Jenga, table tennis and corn hole. You may get in on movie nights too.

If you want to stay in your suite, you can sit on the private balconies and enjoy the beautiful view of the marina, while the birds carry tunes above you.

Rooms & Suites

Relax in the newly renovated guest rooms and suites, featuring relaxing colors and elegant designs.

The tranquil pools, quiet surroundings, and luxurious design of the rooms will make you feel at ease. From the hand-hewn wood beams to spa-inspired bathrooms, you’ll find calmness and elegance in their suites.

We enjoyed spacious balcony (our own private patio) while taking in the refreshing ocean air and beautiful views of the marina.

We had two different rooms. The Marina View Junior Suite Two Queen with a beautiful view of the Marina.

Below is the Bayview King Junior Suite with a beautiful view of the bay.

Each room has its own flat-screen TV, Marble bath with rain fall shower head, Minibar with regional SoCal items.

I’ve compiled 10 top things to do at Kona Kai Resort in San Diego for families that will make your stay an unforgettable experience! There are plenty of kid friendly activities.


Spend the day by our adult-only pool, or splash around in one of two waterfalls. The perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day at the resort, enjoying nibbles from the bar menus and signature poolside cocktails while sipping on the sun-drenched patio.

family pool

The kids can enjoy the family pool at the Tiki Bar. Both have beautiful views.

Don’t just sunbathe on the beach; instead, treat yourself to a relaxing stay in one of our secluded cabanas in your own private universe.

Treat yourself to a luxury stay with one of our private cabanas in a private world of your creation. Each rental includes TV, Wi-Fi, comfortable seating for up to 8 people.

You can get some kiddo-free time at the Adults-only pool and bar, the Paloma Bar. With the perfect marina views, a tranquil vibe and stylish cabanas, this oasis is it’s own getaway in itself as you take a break lounging poolside and treat yourself to their specialty cocktails and coastal cuisine.

Adult Pool Kona Kai Resort
Adult Pool

Camp Kona Kai

Welcome to Camp Kona Kai. Upon your arrival, you’ll find a children’s tent set in your room, a campfire playset, s’mores kit, and a $50 resort credit for the kids to use on our famous Dippin Dots ice cream.

Camp Kona Kai

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center at Kona Kai Resort and Spa is state-of-the art. Enjoy this luxurious retreat, complete with locker rooms and showers for your convenience.

The Fitness Center

Cruiser Bikes

San Diego is a beautiful city that has many outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. They offer free tours of the city on our complimentary Zybra bikes, which will take you past some of San Diego’s most iconic sites.

The first two hours are free.

cruiser bikes at Kona Kai Resort
Cruiser Bikes

Kona Kai Club

The Kona Kai Cub, a historic part of San Diego history, has long been acknowledged as the city’s most exclusive private club, with celebrities, heads of state, and global diplomats among its members.

With a robust social calendar, numerous leisure activities and facilities available on-site, our Club will serve as the setting for many years to come for

Kona Kai Club is the ideal solution for those looking for a holiday that’s close to home. Allow our private members-only club to become your home away from home in Southern California.

You can join a walking club or a swim club. Additional member benefits include a Private beach, reserved poolside cabanas, gourmet dining, spa treatments, Dive-in Family Movie Nights.

Enjoy fine dining at Vessel Restaurant+Bar Music and Nightly Member Specials, Wine and Canvas at the Kona Kai Club, state-of-the-art gym, and special member events.

There’s something for everyone!

Private Beach & Nightly Bonfires

Enjoy some fun in the sun with the kids at the private beach and relax at the beach cabanas while they build sand castles. or playing beach volleyball.

While tucked around a crackling fire, look out over the Pacific Ocean and breathtaking vistas of Point Loma, Kona Kai Marina, and the finest sunsets in California. S’more Kits are available for purchase for hotel guests.

We had a great time sitting around the fire pit, toasting smores with the sand between our toes. It was Papi’s first time toasting smores.

Enjoy Waterfront Dining at the Vessel Restaurant

Enjoy waterfront dining at Vessel Restaurant. Featuring a 360-degree view of the San Diego Bay, Vessel offers an upscale dining experience with unparalleled views and a great Happy Hour.

Vessel Restaurant is one of San Diego’s most prominent restaurants, having recently undergone a transformation and shows a video wall showcasing local areas.

The culinary team uses local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients to create coastal cuisine with a unique twist on traditional favorites.

Check out their menu.

Vessel Restaurant offers live music Wednesday – Sunday evening and Saturday & Sunday brunch.

Enjoy Watersports at Kona Kai Marina

The Shelter Island Marina is located at the tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island in San Francisco Bay, and it has 518 boat slips ranging from 30 to 200 feet.

The beach club features kayaks and paddle boards so you can enjoy water sports (Action Sports Rentals) while staying close to the shore.

Life jackets are provided for your convenience for water activities, like jet skis. The surrounding area is protected by sea walls. These are the perfect activities for a family vacation.

Onsite Spa: SpaTerre

SpaTerre is a Noble House Hotels & Resorts’ signature spa experience. Relax and unwind in their unique alpha-quartz sand bed in the Shambhala Signature Spa.

Offering a serene environment for the ultimate rejuvenation, the spa features treatments inspired by ancient Eastern practices.

Services include nail care and grooming, body indulgences, facial care, and massage therapies.

Spa Terre

There is also an onsite shopping at The Shops at Kona Kai Village & Marina that offers everything from casual apparel to fine jewelry and luxury items. If you are looking for something special this is the perfect place to find it!

The Shops at Kona Kai Village & Marina

Things to do in San Diego

Discover the top things to do in San Diego near Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and other water activities are available in La Jolla Cove or you may visit some of San Diego’s best attractions including LEGOLAND® and SeaWorld®.

The resort is located near many activities for families. It’s also minutes away from San Diego Airport, and downtown attractions like Seaport Village, World Famous Gaslamp Quarter, Maritime Museum of San Diego, USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum,and Old Town State Historic Park.

There are also a lot of tours to choose from, such as San Diego Harbor Cruise, SeaWorld Adventure Park and Wild Animal Park.

  • Little Italy

Little Italy is a neighborhood in downtown San Diego. It’s known for the largest Italian-American population in Southern California and Little Italy Days every year over Labor Day weekend.

You will find many shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries with italian influence that make this community so special! There are also some fun places to visit.

Point Loma Restaurant District

Point Loma is a peninsula in San Diego, a historic fishing neigborhood with over twenty restaurants, bars and pubs. It’s a great place to visit for dinner or drinks at the end of the day! You can find great seafood, steaks and fine wines here just steps away from Kona Kai Resort & Spa. The quaint neighborhood has plenty of fun.

  • Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is one of the best places for nightlife. You will find many restaurants, bars and nightclubs here!

Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter

The great thing about this area is that it’s all within walking distance from Kona Kai Resort & Spa as well as San Diego Convention Center just a few blocks away. .

  • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum is located on the waterfront of San Diego, and it’s a great place to visit for families. You will find submarine tours, flight simulators as well as lots of aircrafts!

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway has three decks with many different exhibits like Vietnam War, Cold War and Attack in the Persian Gulf.

  • San Diego Harbor Cruise

San Diego Harbor Cruise is a great way to see the city. There are two different cruise lines in San Diego, Hornblower and Flagship Cruises & Events .

The tour offers views of downtown skyline, Coronado Bridge as well as Point Loma. You can choose from brunch or dinner cruises with live entertainment available for a fee.

  • Point Loma Lighthouse

Point Loma Lighthouse is located on a hilltop in San Diego and it offers spectacular views of the city from all around! You can choose to hike up or there are also trolley tours available here.

The lighthouse is open for public visit, but you will need to climb 228 steps to get inside the tower.

  • Wild Animal Park (The San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

San Diego Wild Animal Park is located just a short drive from Kona Kai Resort & Spa. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to see some exotic animals and learn about them too!

You can choose between tours or zoolights for an additional fee, but it’s worth seeing these amazing creatures up close.

  • LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND® is the ultimate theme park for kids (and adults too!) in San Diego. There you can build, ride and race through some of the most amazing attractions!

You will find a lot to do at LEGOLAND California Resort from rides, shows as well as great places to eat.

  • Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is a great place to visit for everyone! You can find art galleries, shops or just some nice places to eat. There are also many fun activities like Seaport Village , Balboa Park and more!

Skyscrapers next to a water in San Diego

You will be able to see magnificent views of downtown skyline from the harbor cruise as well as ferry ride that takes you back and forth to Shelter Island.

  • Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument is located on Point Loma peninsula and it’s a great place to visit for families. You will find stunning views of San Diego skyline, Coronado Bridge as well as Cabrillo lighthouse!

Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California in Cabrillo National Monument.

The monument was established in 1907 and offers many fun activities like whale watching or hiking trails around the area.

  • Seaworld San Diego

Seaworld is a theme park located in San Diego with many exciting rides and attractions. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to see some sea animals, but also have fun at the same time!

You can choose between several shows available here including one that features Shamu as well as Skytower for an additional fee.

  • Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a great place to shop, eat and visit San Diego. It’s located right on the harbor with many shops & restaurants around!

Seaport Village
Seaport Village

There are also places where you can learn about history of California as well as take some nice photos here too.

  • Children’s Park at Kona Kai Resort

Children’s Park is a great place to let your kids run free or have some fun! There are many playground equipment, swings as well as splash pad available at this park. It’s located right next to the resort and it offers stunning views of San Diego skyline too!

You can find picnic tables here so you can pack a lunch.

  • Old Town State Historic Park

Old Town State Historic Park is a historic district in San Diego. It’s a great place to visit if you want to see some historical buildings from the 19th century as well as old-fashioned arcade games!

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

The park offers many fun activities like museums, tours and festivals.

  • Central Library of San Diego

San Diego Central Library is located downtown and it’s a great place to visit if you are interested in architecture or just want some quiet time reading books! The library offers lots of lectures for adults as well as kids too including family story times!

  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido

The California Center for the Arts is located in Escondido and it’s a great place to visit if you are interested in arts. You can choose between many galleries as well as theater performances here!

There are also art camps available for kids including ones that teach them art.

  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located in downtown and it’s a great place to learn about maritime history as well as see some ships.

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Old cannons at Maritime Museum in San Diego
  • Mitch’s Seafood Restaurant

Mitch’s Seafood Restaurant is located in Point Lomo and it’s a great place to eat locally caught seafood. There are many delicious options available including fried local fish, crab cakes as well as clam chowder!

You will also find some unique dishes here like octopus tacos or ceviche bowls. This restaurant offers lunch & dinner too but get ready to wait, people line up for this amazing food.

  • San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo is located in San Diego and it’s a great place to visit if you are interested in animals. You will find many different species here including pandas, reptiles as well as lions!

The zoo offers several shows that feature animals like the sea lion show and have fun bus rides that take you all over the park.

  • La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a great place to visit if you want some quiet time and stunning views. You can snorkel here, watch birds as well as swim with sea lions!

La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla Cove
  • There are also kayak rentals available for an additional fee so you don’t have to worry about not having one. This location offers parking too which is free.

    • San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

    San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is located in San Pasqual Valley and it’s a great place to visit if you are interested in nature. You can hike here, bird watch as well as see bison!

    The refuge offers tours including ones that educate people about local flora & fauna.

    • Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is a great place to visit if you want some peace and quiet. You will find many museums as well as gardens here including the Model Railroad Museum & Japanese Tea Garden!

    There are also lots of art galleries, theater performances and concerts so there is something for everyone at Balboa park. This location offers parking too.

    Shelter Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. With Kona Kai Resort and Spa, you can enjoy comfortable accommodations with an onsite spa, water sports at the marina, pools to lounge in or even play some tennis on one of the 6 courts!

    You’ll also love all the things to do in San Diego like getting your adrenaline rush by riding cruiser bikes along the coast and relaxing at the local beaches.

    Book your trip now!

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