10 days in Big Island Itinerary

10 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island holiday planner
Make it your trip
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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona — 4 nights

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and 49 Black Sand Beach. Relax by the water at Honaunau Bay and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Waialea Beach (in Waimea), Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve (in Waikoloa) and Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kona Brewing Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park, and admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona vacation maker.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. In March, Kailua-Kona is much hotter than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 1 night

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, then stroll through Sulphur Banks, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.
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Hilo — 4 nights

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hawaiian Vanilla Company and Richardson Beach Park. Get outdoors at Kapoho Tide Pools and Liliuokalani Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Epic Lava Tours (in Volcano), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Kehena Black Sand Beach (in Pahoa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Lava Viewing Area, and head off the coast to Coconut Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hilo trip planning tool.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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