5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hilo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Durham

2
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona sightseeing planner.

Durham to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Durham in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island Bees
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Big Island Bees ©
Big Island Bees

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lyman Museum & Mission House, Rainbow Falls and Kīlauea. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, examine the collection at Lyman Museum & Mission House, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hilo, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kīlauea, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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