11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  17​h 45​min
End: New York City

6
nights
Kailua-Kona

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 a sense of the local culture at The Painted Church and Kealakekua Bay. Visit Honaunau Bay and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Manini Kapahukapu Beach & Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's still lots to do: get a taste of local nightlife at Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and stroll through Magic Sands.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online itinerary planner .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Kailua-Kona to be much hotter, temps between 84°F and 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Captain Cook, Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kula Kai Caverns
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures ©
Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris ©
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris

3
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Take a break from the city and head to Waipio Valley and 49 Black Sand Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waialea Beach and Puukohola National Historic Park. Take a break from Waimea with a short trip to Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Laupahoehoe, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and steep yourself in history at Puukohola Heiau.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Waimea planning website .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Waimea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Waimea, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, 49 Black Sand Beach, Waipio Valley, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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