11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
2
Waikoloa
— 2 nights
3
Hilo
— 4 nights

4
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: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, take an in-depth tour of H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, and experience rural life at Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona travel route builder tool.

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kona Coffee Living History Farm, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Kula Kai Caverns, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

2
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa ©
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. On the next day, kick back and relax at Anaehoomalu, stop by Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Waikoloa holiday builder site.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Waikoloa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Waikoloa are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Waikoloa Beach Resort ©
Waikoloa Beach Resort
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and stop by Hilo Coffee Mill.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Waikoloa to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Waikoloa in September since evenings lows in Hilo dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours

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