11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Captain Cook
— 1 night
3
Waikoloa
— 1 night
4
Volcano
— 1 night
5
Hilo
— 2 nights
6
Honomu
— 1 night
7
Naalehu
— 1 night
8
Pahoa
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning website.

Edmonton, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Edmonton to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Edmonton in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kealakekua Bay.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Captain Cook sightseeing planning tool.

Captain Cook is just a short distance from Kailua-Kona. July in Captain Cook sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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Waikoloa

Waikoloa
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waikoloa attractions planner.

You can drive from Captain Cook to Waikoloa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You will leave for Volcano on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), thentrek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, thenexamine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, get great views at Holei Sea Arch, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, thentake in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Volcano online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waikoloa to Volcano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waikoloa in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Volcano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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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.
On the 30th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, thensee the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Hilo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Honomu.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Parks Nature
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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Honomu

Honomu ©
Honomū is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, thenkick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, thenrelax in the rural setting at Hamakua Heritage Farm, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Umauma Falls. On the next day, head outdoors with Kalopa State Recreation Area and then walk around Kolekole Beach Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Honomu trip itinerary planning tool.

Honomu is very close to Hilo. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Honomu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Kalopa State Recreation Area
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Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Hawaiian Vanilla Company ©
Hawaiian Vanilla Company
Kalopa State Recreation Area ©
Kalopa State Recreation Area

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Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. On the 2nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Naalehu online journey planner.

Getting from Honomu to Naalehu by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Honomu in August, expect nights in Naalehu to be much colder, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Pahoa.

Things to do in Naalehu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

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Pahoa

Pahoa ©
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kapoho Tide Pools.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pahoa route builder.

You can drive from Naalehu to Pahoa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Naalehu in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Pahoa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Pahoa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Star of the Sea Painted Church
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Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Star of the Sea Painted Church ©
Star of the Sea Painted Church

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