One week in Hawai'i

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If you have one-week stay in Hawaii, it's better to focus on one of the four most important islands. Due to a fairly strenuous time lag, it is tiring to take up the plane almost immediately to go to another island. This is one-week stay in Hawaii'i.

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<p>Tortue-Kona turtle.</p> <p>Anaehoomalu Beach.</p> <p>Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park.</p> <p>Beach of Kailua-Kona.</p> <p>Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.</p> <p>Route on Mauna Kea.</p>

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  • Kailua-Kona
  • Kealakekua
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Hilo
  • Waimea
  • Captain Cook
  • Mauna Kea
  • Waikoloa Village
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Details of the stay: One week in Hawai'i - 7 days

Day 1 : Kailua-Kona

Take a flight that lands at Kona Airport and book a hotel in Kailua-Kona for two nights. One-hour stop in Kaloko-Honokohau National Park to see lava and turtles. Visit of the city centre and lunch at one of the seaside restaurants. In the afternoon, take a sea trip from Kailua Pier (kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling or swimming with dolphins). In the evening, dine in one of the city's restaurants or attend the "Luau Breeze Island" (traditional Hawaiian dinner-show).

Day 2 : Kohala Coast

Take the road with sandwiches early in the morning to get back to the Kohala Coast. On the way, visit the different beaches of Kekaha Kai National Park. Take a picnic break on Four Seasons beach and wait for 1 pm to see children feeding the lines. Continue the road north by stopping at the beaches of Aneahoomalu (and see Hilton dolphins), Kiholo Bay and Mauna Kea Beach.

Day 3 : The coast in the south of Kailua-Kona

Book a hotel for two nights at Captain Cook. In the morning, practise snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay. In the afternoon, visit the Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and the Kona Coffee Historical Farm (a living museum on the history of coffee pioneers). In the evening, dinner at "Teshima" (Japanese restaurant) in Honalo.

Day 4 : Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park

Leave the hotel on the south coast of Kailua-Kona at 6 am, because the journey till the entrance to the National Park of Volcanoes lasts 2 hours and you need to spend the whole day for the visit. The main stop to make by order: Kilauea Visitor's Center (information centre), Kilauea Caldera (view on the volcano caldera), Thomas A. Jaggar Museum (museum on Hawai'i volcanoes), Puu Loa petroglyphs and lava flow at the end of the Chain of Craters Road. Plan a picnic and prepare your meal the day before (there's mini-supermarket in the corner!). At the beginning of the evening, go to Hilo, where you have booked for overnight accommodation.

Day 5 : Hilo

The city is ideally located only 45 minutes from the National Volcanoes Park and 1 hour and a half from Mauna Kea. Spend this day to the visit of the quiet and authentic Hilo. In the morning, Imiloa Astronomy Center (museum to see before going to Mauna Kea), Pacific Tsunami Museum (on tsunamis history in Hilo, Hawaii and the world). In the afternoon, Banyan Drive (superb road bordered by banians), and snorkelling on the different beaches.

Day 6 : Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is one of the highest mountains in the world (4 205 m) and its atmosphere is so pure that the largest astronomy observatory on the planet has been installed at its summit (13 telescopes). The two major tourist attractions on site are: the show of the sunset whose beauty is unique in the world and the observation session of the stars (exceptional precision and clarity). In the morning, stop at Rainbow Falls (waterfalls) and visit the Kaumana cellars (caves) located on the road to Mauna Kea. In the afternoon, take the Saddle Road (the only one leading to Mauna Kea) in the early afternoon, so as to take the time to make different stops to acclimatise to the height. Beware, a 4x4 vehicle is mandatory because the road is stony and the ascent is steep. Between 5 and 6 pm, contemplate the sublime sunset on Mauna Kea. Profit from it to have a meal and a drink. From 6 to 9 pm, make an observation of the stars with an agency or Onizuka Visitor's Center. Around 10 pm, return to Hilo.

Day 7 : Waimea

Leave Hilo early in the morning to have as much time as possible in Waimea. This city deserves a detour because it contrasts with the rest of the island: it is, above all, a land of breeding and a land where cowboy culture has long been implanted. In the morning, visit the Parker Ranch Historic Homes. In the afternoon, horseback riding on the spot. Depending on your return flight, take the road to the airport in late afternoon or the next morning (with night at Waimea in this case).

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