8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h
1
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then view the masterpieces at Banyan Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hilo tour planning website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hilo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Hilo, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park

5
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.
Attractions like 49 Black Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Honaunau Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Waialea Beach in Waimea (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Honaunau Bay, Waialea Beach, Kahaluu Beach, 49 Black Sand Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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