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: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Waikoloa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and take a memorable drive along Saddle Road.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona road trip app .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Kailua-Kona is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa ©
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 22nd (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Anaehoomalu, then stop by Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Planning Waikoloa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Waikoloa in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Anaehoomalu ©
Anaehoomalu
Waikoloa Beach Resort ©
Waikoloa Beach Resort

4
nights
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 Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip builder website .

Getting from Waikoloa to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Waikoloa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hilo, with lows of 71°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, Jagger Museum, Hilo Coffee Mill
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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