10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Hilo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waikoloa
— 4 nights
Fly + Foot:  17​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hilo online itinerary creator.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Hilo at 83°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

4
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Waikoloa side-trips: Kailua-Kona (Scuba & Snorkeling, Mauna Kea Summit, & more) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, stroll through Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and make a trip to Saddle Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waikoloa tour planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Waikoloa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hilo in October; daily highs in Waikoloa reach 71°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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