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: Kailua-Kona
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Ocean View
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
End: Kailua-Kona

1
day
Ocean View

Ocean View ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire all the interesting features of South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach, then experience rural life at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm, and then explore the striking landscape at Kula Kai Caverns.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Ocean View vacation trip planner.

Kailua-Kona to Ocean View is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Kailua-Kona, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Ocean View, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Ocean View

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Naalehu
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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 4th (Mon), wander the streets of Kalapana, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Ka'u Coffee Mill, cruise along Devastation Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Ocean View to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ocean View in September, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ka'u Coffee Mill
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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Ka'u Coffee Mill ©
Ka'u Coffee Mill

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, and then stroll through Richardson Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then stop by Big Island Candies, then stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kapoho Tide Pools.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo holiday 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 September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Island Candies, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Hilo Coffee Mill, Kapoho Tide Pools
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Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Hawaiian Vanilla Company ©
Hawaiian Vanilla Company
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park

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nights
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Kealakekua Bay. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Honaunau (Honaunau Bay & The Painted Church) and Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, experience rural life at Kona Joe Coffee, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a stroll through Kailua Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Honaunau Bay
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Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

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