9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
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Lihue
— 4 nights
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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.
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online travel planner.

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls State Park, &more) and Hilo Coffee Mill (in Mountain View). There's much more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visit app.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Lihue

Lihue or LÄ«hue 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: Swinging Bridge (in Hanapepe), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Eleele). There's lots 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 Opaekaa Falls, and kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.