10 days in Big Island Itinerary

10 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island trip planner
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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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Kahalu'u Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Waikoloa (Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve & 49 Black Sand Beach), Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, &more) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hulihe'e Palace, enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, experience rural life at Kona Joe Coffee, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kahaluu Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona journey site.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Kailua-Kona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, cruise along Devastation Trail, 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 more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Richardson Beach Park and Kapoho Tide Pools. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kehena Black Sand Beach and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Lava Viewing Area (in Kalapana), Epic Lava Tours (in Volcano) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carlsmith Beach Park, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and head off the coast to Coconut Island.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hilo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hilo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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