Travel Itinerary: Kona + Hilo in 2 Days

Turtle at Honaunau
Yellow Margin Moray Eel
Hawaii Spinner Dolphins at Honaunau

Kua Bay Beach, Kohala Coast

Day 1 takes you north to Kua Bay Beach Park, one of the prettiest on the island, and Hapuna Beach State Park, known as one of the best beaches in Hawaii.  Then your drive takes you through the town of Waimea and to the Hilo area attractions.  Day 2 takes you north of Hilo to all the attractions of the scenic Hamakua Coast and then eventually back to Kona.

Kona / Kohala Coast (day 1)

START 0:00 Depart area hotel
0:30 0:30 Pick up plate lunch or sandwich to-go
0:45 1:15 Drive north to Kua Bay Beach Park
2:00 3:15 Spend time swimming, sunbathing, relaxing at Kua Bay
0:15 3:30 Continue north to Hapuna Beach State Park.
2:00 5:30 Hapuna Prince Hotel in BackgroundSpend time swimming, sunbathing, relaxing at the famous Hapuna Beach
0:30 6:00 Drive east up the mountain to Waimea town
1:30 7:30 Continue east to Hilo town
0:30 8:00 Rainbow Falls, Big Island HawaiiDrive to Rainbow Falls State Parkat the edge of Hilo town and view the falls
0:30 9:00 Queen Liliuokalani GardensDrive down scenic Banyan Drive and see Queen Liliuokalani Gardens
Check into Hilo area hotel

Hilo / Hamakua Coast to Kona (day 2)

START 0:00 Depart Hilo area hotel
0:30 0:30 Pick up plate lunch or sandwich to-go
0:30 1:00 View of Onomea BayDrive north to scenic drive detour at Onomea Bay along the Hamakua Coast
2:45 3:45 Onomea FallsVisit Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and Onomea Bay Trail
0:30 4:15 Stop at “What’s Shakin” Smoothee stand near the Botanical Gardens for refreshments
0:30 4:45 Continue north to Akaka Falls State Park
0:45 5:30 Akaka Falls, Big IslandHike short trail-loop and view Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls
0:30 6:00 Rocky beach at the Waipio ValleyContinue driving north to the Waipio Valley Overlook
0:30 6:30 Enjoy the view from the overlook
0:30 7:00 Continue up the mountain to Waimea
1:00 8:00 Drive from Waimea, descending down to Kona

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