Two Weeks on the Big Island during the Ironman Triathlon

I used my road trip planner to plan a great 8-day trip to the Big Island and found so much to see and do on the Kona Coast alone that I really needed two weeks to fully explore the island. So, by combining my Kona Coast experience with recommendations from locals, here then is a two-week road trip that will give you the full Big Island treatment.

I’d recommend staying one week on the Kona Coast and the next in Hilo to have a great jumping off point for your many explorations. We’ll start our road trip planning on the Kona side, the sunnier region. We stayed in the Kailua-Kona, site of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon (scheduled for October 11th this year) and home of the revered King Kamehameha, the leader who united the islands. It has a great waterfront and pier, where you could enjoy dinner each night with a view of the sun dipping behind the water horizon. My favorite was the Kona Brewing Company (baked garlic, home-made focaccia & melted gorgonzola dip).

Make sure to include plenty of beaches in your road trip planner. Snorkelers should go to Kahaluu Beach Park, surfers to White Sands Beach, privacy buffs to Kona Coast State Park, and beach lovers can choose from Anaehoomalu Bay, Hapuna Beach, or Mauna Kea Beach.