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: Madison
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Madison

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, and kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip builder website .

Madison to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Madison to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Madison in March, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 81°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kula Kai Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Hilo

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hilo holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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