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: Washington DC
supershuttle+flight:  15​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hilo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Volcano
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Waimea
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park as well as Swim with Dolphins. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Waipi'o Ride The Rim ATV (in Kukuihaele) and Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa).

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online trip maker .

Washington DC to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington DC in March, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ride the Rim, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout ©
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

1
night
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.
For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip builder app .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toVolcano.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
day
Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Volcano trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Volcano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Volcano are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Naalehu.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

1
night
Naalehu

Naalehu
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Naalehu trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Volcano to Naalehu in an hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Volcano in April, with highs in Naalehu at 67°F and lows at 48°F. You'll set off for Waimea on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

3
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kohala Zipline, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Waikoloa and Mauna Kea Observatories. Attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Liliuokalani Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and look for gifts at Waimea Center.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Waimea tour planner .

Traveling by car from Naalehu to Waimea takes 2.5 hours. In April in Waimea, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hilo, Kohala Zipline, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Waikoloa
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Kohala Zipline ©
Kohala Zipline
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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