4 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

4 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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4 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning app .

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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