10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip maker

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Waikoloa
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 1 night
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Waikoloa

— 2 nights
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 18th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, stroll through Waipio Valley, and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park and then steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

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Fort Lauderdale to Waikoloa is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Waikoloa are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. We've included these beaches for you: Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Magic Sands. Step out of Kailua-Kona with an excursion to Kealakekua Bay in Captain Cook--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, stop by The Original Donkey Ball Store, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Getting from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. July in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Kīlauea, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally cruise along Devastation Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park holiday site.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Hilo

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.