7 days in Hilo, Waikoloa & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

7 days in Hilo, Waikoloa & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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7 days in Hilo, Waikoloa & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Waikoloa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Dallas

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.
Kazumura Cave Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then Head underground at Kazumura Cave Tours, and finally stroll through Anaehoomalu.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

Dallas to Hilo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dallas to Hilo. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Hilo reach 83°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anaehoomalu, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill, Kilauea Iki Trailhead
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Anaehoomalu ©
Anaehoomalu
Mokupapapa Discovery Center ©
Mokupapapa Discovery Center

2
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa ©
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hilo Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting Waikoloa side-trips: Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Gardens, & more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, identify plant and animal life at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and tee off at Mauna Lani Resort .

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waikoloa day trip planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Waikoloa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona day trip planner .

You can drive from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. June in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

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