7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  15​h
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Sydney

3
days
Kailua-Kona

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, and stop by The Cindy Coats Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kona Historical Society, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
days
Hilo

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hilo travel planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Zipline
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Helicopter Tours
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Zipline

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