11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu itinerary builder.

San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 86°F and lows about 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park

2
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trail, then cruise along Devastation Trail, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Volcano vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honolulu to Volcano. Traveling from Honolulu in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 68°F in Volcano. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Swim with Dolphins and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Waikoloa Beach Resort (in Waikoloa) and Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park (in Waimea). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Kiholo Bay, and admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Volcano in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 74°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Keauhou, Waimea, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Swim with Dolphins

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