10 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona — 4 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Honaunau Bay and Mauna Kea Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kahaluu Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kawaihae), Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planning tool.

Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu — 4 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and Saint Augustine by-the-Sea. We've included these beaches for you: Lanikai Beach and Shark's Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Pillbox Hike (in Kailua), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Haleiwa (Waimea Valley, Waimea Bay, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire all the interesting features of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and stroll around Magic Island.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.
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Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.
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