8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
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Hilo
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Kailua-Kona

— 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and 49 Black Sand Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Honaunau Bay and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. When in Kailua-Kona, make a side trip to see Kealakekua Bay in Captain Cook, approximately Captain Cook away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, and take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planning website.

Halifax, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Halifax to Kailua-Kona. When traveling from Halifax in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Skyline Hawaii - Big Island Zipline Tours, then walk around Carlsmith Beach Park, then stroll through Richardson Beach Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens. On your second day here, hike along Sulphur Banks, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hilo itinerary app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, plan for little chillier nights in Hilo, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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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.