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: New York City
Foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  17​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Painted Church and Kealakekua Bay. Visit Honaunau Bay and Magic Sands for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Honaunau (Manini Kapahukapu Beach & Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hulihe'e Palace, kick back and relax at White Sand Beach, explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and stroll through Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 84°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Honaunau, Kula Kai Caverns, Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures ©
Coral Reef Snorkel Adventures
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris ©
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris

3
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Take a break from the city and head to Waipio Valley and Waialea Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like 49 Black Sand Beach and Puukohola National Historic Park. Take a break from Waimea with a short trip to Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Laupahoehoe, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puukohola Heiau, kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and stroll through Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waimea trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Waimea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, plan for little chillier days in Waimea, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, 49 Black Sand Beach, Waipio Valley
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Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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