Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Image courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

How to get to Hawaii Island

The Big Island (or Hawaii Island) lies to the southwest of Maui, and is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km from mainland USA.

The Big Island is just a 25-minute flight away from Honolulu International Airport on Oahu.

Getting to Hawaii Island

From Australia: The most convenient flights are on Qantas, Hawaiian Air, JetStar or Strategic Airlines to Honolulu, with daily connections to Kona on Hawaiian Air.

New Zealand: The most convenient flights are on Air New Zealand to Honolulu, with daily connections to Kona on United Airlines and Hawaiian Air.

From the UK: British Airways and United Airlines offer daily flights to Los Angeles with connecting flights to Kona on American Airlines and United.

From the USA: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Air all offer direct daily flights from Los Angeles to Kona Airport. United Airlines, Virgin America, JetBlue and American Airlines offer flights from New York Kennedy to Los Angeles, while Continental flies from Newark, with connecting flights to Kona.

Flight time to Kona, Hawaii Island

Honolulu to Kona is 40 min, direct flight

Brisbane to Kona is 11 hrs 37 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Kona is 12 hrs 19 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Kona is 11 hrs 41 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Kona is 16 hrs 26 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Kona is 16 hrs 21 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Kona is 17 hrs 19 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Kona is 12 hrs 36 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Kona is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Kona International Airport at Keāhole is located on the west coast of the Big Island. Shuttle buses are available to most hotels by prior-arrangement, or you can take a taxi or hire a car.

Honolulu International Airport is located about 13km northwest of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, with daily connections to Maui.

Entry requirements

A machine-readable passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Getting around

On land – It's best to hire a car, easily available from the airport. Traffic drives on the right. Taxis are available.

Between islands – Hawaiian Airlines provides frequent inter-island flights, usually daily. Ferries link all the main islands with frequent services between Lana’i, O'ahu, Maui, Kauai'i and the Big Island.


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Latest update: How to get to the Big Island, Hawaii: 5 April, 2019


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