5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

San Francisco
subway + Fly:  8​h 30​min
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Waimea
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Francisco

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day
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.
On the 12th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona day trip planning website .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. In June, Kailua-Kona is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Big Island Bees, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

few
hours
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waimea trip planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Waimea by car takes about an hour. While traveling from Kailua-Kona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

#Nature, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): savor the flavors at Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then shop like a local with Volcano Art Center, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hilo planner .

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Waimea in June; daily highs in Hilo reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
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Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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