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: Anchorage
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Anchorage

6
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Anchorage to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Anchorage in December, things will get much hotter in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 82°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Kula Kai Caverns, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Hilo

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), & more) and Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens & Jagger Museum). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo vacation planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, plan for little chillier nights in Hilo, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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