10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Puako
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Hilo
— 5 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's surroundings by going to Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Ka Lae Light). And it doesn't end there: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, cruise along Devastation Trail, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

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Boston to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In May, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puako.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Puako

— 2 nights
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lapakahi State Historical Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

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Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Puako by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Puako. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Hilo

— 5 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 out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Kailua Pier, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and take a memorable drive along Saddle Road.

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You can drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puako in May, Hilo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 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 · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.