6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

6 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii attractions planner

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Kailua-Kona
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Kona Cloud Forest and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort .

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online vacation builder.

Dallas to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Kailua-Kona, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Helicopter Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo day trip planning site.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, expect little chillier with lows of 68°F in Hilo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

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.