10 days in Big Island Itinerary

10 days in Big Island Itinerary

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

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kahalu'u Beach Park. We've included these beaches for you: 49 Black Sand Beach and Waialea Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, &more), Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve (in Waikoloa) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kona Brewing Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Kailua-Kona to be warmer, temps between 84°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, cruise along Devastation Trail, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park holiday maker site.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in November since evenings lows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Hilo.
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Hilo — 4 nights

America's Wettest City

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 out of the city life by going to Kaumana Caves Park and Liliuokalani Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as Hawaiian Vanilla Company and Kapoho Tide Pools. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Kehena Black Sand Beach (in Pahoa) and Epic Lava Tours (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carlsmith Beach Park, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hilo vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. November in Hilo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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