46 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

46 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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46 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 21 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kawaihae
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Naalehu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hilo
— 11 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

21
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Mauna Kea. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kealakekua Bay and Waipi'o Valley. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Captain Cook (Big Island Bees, Kealia Ranch, & more), Waimea (Parker Ranch, Waialea Beach, & more) and Waikoloa (Waikoloa Village Golf Club, Waikoloa Kings' Course, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, choose your vessel at Kona Boat Rentals, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Puako Petroglyphs, and don't miss a visit to Saddle Road.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Waikoloa, Holualoa, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

3
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Puukohola National Historic Park and Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. Shop till you drop at Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele and Hawi Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Kawaihae: Ackerman Galleries (in Kapaau) and Hawi (Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts & Upolu Point). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, contemplate the long history of Puukohola Heiau, cruise along Kohala Mountain Range, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Getting from Kailua-Kona to Kawaihae by car takes about an hour. In February, daytime highs in Kawaihae are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hawi, Kapaau
Highlights from your plan
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

3
nights
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Get some cultural insight at Wood Valley Temple and Ka Lae Light. Take a break from the city and head to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka'u Coffee Mill. Go for a jaunt from Naalehu to Ocean View to see Spinzone Laundry about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Punalu‘U Beach, identify plant and animal life at Whittington Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Holoholokai Beach Park, and relax in the rural setting at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naalehu trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Naalehu takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kawaihae in March, expect nights in Naalehu to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean View, Pahala, Holoholokai Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

6
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.
Volcano Art Center and Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Kulanaokuaiki Campground. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Kalapana, hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, stroll through Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Naalehu to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in an hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Naalehu in March: highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lava Viewing Area
Highlights from your plan
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

11
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.
Liliuokalani Gardens and 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Star of the Sea Painted Church and Basically Books. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market (in Kaimu), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Volcano Garden Arts, & more). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, view the masterpieces at Banyan Gallery, and learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planner .

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Hilo sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Volcano, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, Pahoa, Star of the Sea Painted Church
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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