9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Lihue
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Kailua-Kona

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona road trip planning website.

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are much hotter (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then enjoy the sand and surf at Punalu‘U Beach, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

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You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 68°F in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You will leave for Lihue on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Lihue

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Get out of town with these interesting Lihue side-trips: Eleele (Original Red Dirt Shirts & Scuba & Snorkeling), Waimea (Polihale State Park & Waimea Canyon State Park) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Lihue in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · 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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.