7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona journey planner .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Kailua-Kona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Puukohola National Historic Park, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, then immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hilo tour planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in October since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Candies, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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