10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at 49 Black Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hulihe'e Palace and Kona Henna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay & The Painted Church). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kahaluu Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Denver to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 3 hours. In March, Kailua-Kona is much warmer than Denver - with highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 29th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Holei Sea Arch, take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd, then get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip app.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Hilo

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.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carlsmith Beach Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.