6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Hilo

— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Liliuokalani Gardens and Jagger Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Akaka Falls State Park and Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary builder app.

San Francisco to Hilo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Hilo to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, stroll through Kealakekua Bay, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona road trip planning tool.

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hilo in May since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.