8 days in Kailua-Kona & Waimea Itinerary

8 days in Kailua-Kona & Waimea Itinerary

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8 days in Kailua-Kona & Waimea Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  9​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Denver

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kealakekua Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Halualoa ukelele gallery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona itinerary maker tool .

Denver to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Denver in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Halualoa ukelele gallery
Highlights from your plan
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

4
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
We've included these beaches for you: Carlsmith Beach Park and Waialea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at 49 Black Sand Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls, & more). There's more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Waipi'o Valley and steep yourself in history at Anna Ranch Heritage Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Waimea day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Waimea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, you will find days in Waimea are little chillier (73°F), and nights are much colder (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo, Waikoloa, Waipio Valley, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

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