4 days in Island of Hawaii & Tampa Itinerary

4 days in Island of Hawaii & Tampa Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
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Tampa
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach.

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Knoxville to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Knoxville in May since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tampa.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Tampa

— 1 night

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Fly from Kailua-Kona to Tampa in 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Tampa. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, expect nights in Tampa to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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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.