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13 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary
Fly: 9h 30min
Kailua-Kona— 3 nights
Waimea— 4 nights
Drive: 1h 15min
Hilo— 4 nights
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Heart of the Kona Coast
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 out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with Big Island Divers, relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, get a taste of local nightlife at Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris, and take a memorable drive along Saddle Road.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.
Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Kailua-Kona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waimea.
Things to do in Kailua-Kona
Kealakekua, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kealakekua Bay, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.Get out of town with these interesting Waimea side-trips: Na'alapa Stables - Waipio Valley (in Kukuihaele), Big Island Eco Adventures II Zipline Canopy Tour (in Kapaau) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Quest, get to know the fascinating history of Waipio Valley, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout.
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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Waimea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Kailua-Kona, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hilo.
Things to do in Waimea
Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Na'alapa Stables - Waipio Valley, Mauna Lani Resort
America's Wettest City
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.Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Mokupapapa Discovery Center.
To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo online trip itinerary maker .
Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Waimea in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Things to do in Hilo
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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