7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, and finally relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip maker site.

Seattle to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Kailua-Kona is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waikoloa.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Waikoloa — 2 nights

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. You've now added Island Wide Family Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Waialea Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with Island Wide Family Tours. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Puukohola National Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Waikoloa route builder site.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Waikoloa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Waikoloa sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hilo.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Hilo — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then stroll through Sulphur Banks, then cruise along Devastation Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo online trip builder.

You can drive from Waikoloa to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Waikoloa in July, plan for little chillier nights in Hilo, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.