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
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay. Relax by the water at 49 Black Sand Beach and Waialea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument & The Painted Church), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve (in Waikoloa). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Kahaluu Bay, and shop like a local with Kona Joe Coffee.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona route tool.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 83°F and lows about 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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 (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then trek along Sulphur Banks, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Get in touch with nature at Akaka Falls State Park and Lava Viewing Area. Relax by the water at Richardson Beach Park and Kehena Black Sand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo) and Epic Lava Tours (in Volcano). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Kapoho Tide Pools, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, and head off the coast to Coconut Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hilo tour planning tool.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hilo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips