15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kailua-Kona is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, Kula Kai Caverns, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Anaehoomalu
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get impressive views of Kīlauea, shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and explore the striking landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, plan for little chillier nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Volcano, Steam Vents, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

4
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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo visit planner.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Hilo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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