What Should I Pack for my San Francisco to Kona Vacation?
If you’re traveling to San Francisco to the Big Island, Hawaii, you might not immediately assume to bring a jacket, but you absolutely should. Just because you’re taking a trip to the tropics doesn’t mean you won’t have to layer up, especially on the Big Island—where some of the star attractions, such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the ever-charming upcountry town of Waimea are located at high altitudes and sport colder weather. And be sure to bring your favorite reusable water bottle and flip flops with you when you fly to Hawaii, since you won’t want to be caught without either on your many, many beach adventures. Flights to Kona from SFO also feature a short layover on Oahu or Maui, so a good book or Kindle to pass the time is worth considering.
When is the Best Time to Fly from San Francisco to Kona?
With year round sunshine and pleasant weather, the best time to plan your airfare and travel to the Big Island
is really up to the visitor. If you’re looking for SFO to Kona flights on a budget, consider booking your roundtrip ticket during the island’s shoulder seasons—like fall and spring—when the price on airfare is lower and travel deals are more plentiful. Want to get away from the cold? Don’t think that the islands get much brisker during the winter months. You can have a day as nice and warm in December as it can get in June, and booking SFO to KOA as San Francisco temperatures drop into winter is a great way to escape to a nice, warm tropical beach.
What is the distance from San Francisco to Kona?
Stretching almost two-thirds of the western region of Hawaii Island, Kailua-Kona is perfect for a variety of visitors, from those who love to wander and find unmarked gems to beachbound travelers looking to get their toes in the sand. If you’re the type who wants to go down the road less travelled, you may find the restaurant, bay or boutique that defines your trip because, like many businesses and attractions on the Big Island, some of the best are the ones you can’t find on Yelp.
Useful Information for Our Guests On Flights from San Francisco to Kona
General Carry-on and Checked Baggage
Hawaii’s Plants and Animals Declaration Form
Just before your flight from San Francisco lands in Kona, your flight attendant will ask you to fill out a form to declare any plants, animals or other things that may be harmful to Hawaii’s environment. You’re required to complete this form and can preview it here
On your Flight Home to San Francisco from Kona
Taking Home Lei: You’ve received a beautiful, fragrant lei while in the island or want to take it back home with you. Learn about the requirements
to take a lei on the airplane.
Taking Home Tropical Fruits Back to San Francisco: It’s common for travelers to want to take sweet and juicy pineapple or papaya on their flights from Hawaii. Learn about the requirements
to take these sweet memories back home with you.