6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii tour planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at The Vanillerie and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Saddle Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip builder app.

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 83°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Scenic Drive

Hilo

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, stop by Basically Books, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo online vacation planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hilo, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.