9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  10​h
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney


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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hulihe'e Palace, then explore the activities along Honaunau Bay, then pause for some photo ops at The Captain Cook Monument, and finally stop by Kailua Pier. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, then see Kona Boys, and finally take a tour by water with Torpedo Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Kahaluu Beach, The Captain Cook Monument, Honaunau Bay
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Torpedo Tours ©
Torpedo Tours
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kīlauea ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery


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.
Visit Richardson Beach Park and Laupahoehoe Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Tsunami Museum and Liliuokalani Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Hilo to Pahoa to see Kapoho Tide Pools about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kapoho Tide Pools, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools