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: Portland
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Waimea
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Portland

3
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.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo online itinerary creator.

Portland to Hilo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Hilo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kapoho Tide Pools, Jagger Museum
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools

1
night
Waimea

A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Waialea Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waimea vacation builder.

Drive from Hilo to Waimea in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hilo in August; daily highs in Waimea reach 72°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Honaunau Bay and Magic Sands. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: The Painted Church (in Honaunau) and Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, and stroll through White Sand Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona custom trip planner.

You can drive from Waimea to Kailua-Kona in an hour. While traveling from Waimea, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Kailua-Kona, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 75°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Keauhou, Honaunau Bay, Kona Joe Coffee, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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