7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Sydney

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.
Take a break from Kailua-Kona with a short trip to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Puako, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Sydney in June, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

3
nights
Hilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, stop by Honomu Goat Dairy, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then explore and take pictures at Devastation Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Holei Sea Arch.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hilo, with lows of 25°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Honomu Goat Dairy, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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