18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  17​h
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Toronto

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Lava Light Galleries and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). There's more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada 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, car, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 33°C and lows are around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Kahaluu Beach, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilauea Caverns of Fire as well as Kalapana. On the 29th (Mon), take a stroll through Kalapana, take in the dramatic natural features at Lava Viewing Area, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kilauea Caverns of Fire, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilo, Kilauea Caverns of Fire, Lava Viewing Area
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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm as well as Island Breeze Luau. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Kona Henna. Get in touch with nature at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay. See some other sides of Kailua-Kona: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, contemplate the long history of Kamakahonu, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona tour itinerary app .

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

7
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Step out of the city life by going to Kailua Beach Park and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial and appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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