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: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  16​h 15​min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

5
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.
Get outdoors at Volcano Art Center and Kulanaokuaiki Campground. You'll get in some beach time at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park & Liliuokalani Gardens) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's lots more to do: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the natural beauty of Steam Vents, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, and explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park travel route planner .

New York City to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is minus 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hilo, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Jagger Museum, Steam Vents, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Big Island Bees, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planner.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach, Big Island Bees, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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