10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Kailua-Kona

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 Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Big Island Divers, get a new perspective on things with Sunlight on Water, discover the deep blue sea with Kona Diving Company, and get a taste of local nightlife at Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary tool .

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. Traveling from Sydney to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kona Boys, The Captain Cook Monument, Dolphin Quest, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Big Island Divers ©
Big Island Divers
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Hilo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Jagger Museum, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Volcano Art Center Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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