You simply can’t go on a Hawaiian vacation without enjoying fresh, island-caught seafood. While you can (and should) throw down for a serious commitment at a high-end restaurant, quick bites like poke and fish tacos are around every corner on the Big Island, but never more so than the western side of Kona. You can’t go wrong stopping off for a treat at a roadside food truck, but if you’re in search of a guaranteed masterpiece, these three establishments will satisfy even the pickiest fish taco fan.
Right on Kailua Bay amid a rush of restaurants and tourism companies is Fish Hopper, a tourist-heavy eatery with a wonderful view of the bay. As with all restaurants, you should try their specialty, and that is definitely a fresh caught fish dish. The fish tacos here are grilled to perfection, served with pineapple salsa and shredded cabbage, so if you’re in need of a fast lunchtime fish fix, Fish Hopper is a great solution.
74-5483 Kaiwi St # A145
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Nestled in a former industrial building and as unassuming as the term “hole-in-the-wall” promises, Killer Tacos may not be big on decorating or frills, but they’ve got the skills to make this list with flying colors. Cheap, flavorful, and fast, the fish tacos here are delicious. If you’re staying in Kailua-Kona for any length of time, you’ll be back for more – guaranteed.
An island-favorite hotspot for food and nightlife, the menu at Humpy’s leans toward pub food, but a reliable highlight is the fish tacos. Featured in Sunset Magazine and served with generous proportions, these tacos are stuffed with fresh-caught fish, black beans, cheese, salsa, shredded cabbage, sour cream, and guacamole. These tacos are huge so, if you come hungry, order two, but you probably won’t have room for dessert.