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: New York City
Foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Volcano
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  17​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Visit Honaunau Bay and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Kona Diving Company and Big Island Divers. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument & Kealakekua Bay), Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's lots more to do: join in the after-dark buzz at Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris, see Kona Boys, stroll through White Sand Beach, and take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona tour planner.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Honaunau, Anaehoomalu, Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris ©
Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris

3
nights
Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kīlauea and Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. We've included these beaches for you: Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Punalu‘U Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead and get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Volcano planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Punalu‘U Beach, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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