9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

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9 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Lihue
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco


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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip planner .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kailua-Kona, with highs around 84°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kula Kai Caverns, Mauna Kea Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then kick back and relax at Punalu‘U Beach, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 68°F. You will leave for Lihue on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Punalu‘U Beach, Liliuokalani Gardens
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

4
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Waimea (Polihale State Park & Waimea Canyon State Park), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Original Red Dirt Shirts (in Eleele). There's lots more to do: trek along Kauai Path, contemplate the long history of Kilohana, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lihue trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Lihue takes 3.5 hours. November in Lihue sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. 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

Side Trips

Kauai, Poipu, Eleele, Kapaa, Waimea
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Helicopter Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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