11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Waikoloa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Fly + foot:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 6th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, trek along Sulphur Banks, and then Head underground at Kazumura Cave Tours.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Hilo holiday builder site .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Hilo reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Waialea Beach, then trek along Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve, and finally contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. On the next day, look and learn at Mauna Kea Observatories, look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then stroll through Puukohola National Historic Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waikoloa trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Waikoloa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Waikoloa are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kawaihae, Waialea Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach

6
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
You'll explore and learn at Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Kula Kai Caverns and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz & South Point Complex). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, admire the majestic nature at Kekaha Kai State Park, examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, and identify plant and animal life at Kona Cloud Forest.

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Drive from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Naalehu, Halualoa ukelele gallery, Kula Kai Caverns, Two Step
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
St. Michael the Archangel Church ©
St. Michael the Archangel Church
Shark Diving

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