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: Chennai
Fly:  27​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Chennai

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Big Island Bees and Keauhou Farmer's Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Chennai, India to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, things will get slightly colder in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Keauhou, Puukohola National Historic Park, Big Island Bees, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center, and finally hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route builder app .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip website .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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