12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Honaunau Bay and Waialea Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i and Kahaluu Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: get a taste of local nightlife at Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach, and see Kona Boys.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona tour itinerary maker .

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. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 81°F and lows at 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Kealakekua, Waialea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris ©
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris

5
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.
Visit Richardson Beach Park and Hakalau Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Coconut Island. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, discover the deep blue sea with Nautilus Dive Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honoli'i Beach Park, and admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hilo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Onomea Bay, Hakalau Beach, Umauma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

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