11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Captain Cook
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Waikoloa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Volcano
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Honomu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pahoa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip site .

Edmonton, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Kailua-Kona is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in July, expect nights in Kailua-Kona to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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): steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Captain Cook road trip app .

Captain Cook is just a stone's throw from Kailua-Kona. In July, daytime highs in Captain Cook are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Waikoloa

Waikoloa
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Waikoloa itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waikoloa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Volcano on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Tours Parks

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night
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 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, and finally hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Volcano day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Waikoloa to Volcano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Volcano when traveling from Waikoloa in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus 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
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

2
nights
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 30th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo travel planner .

You can take a bus from Volcano to Hilo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Honomu.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Parks Nature
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Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

1
night
Honomu

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

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Honomu trip itinerary builder site .

Honomu is just a stone's throw from Hilo. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car 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

1
night
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. On the 2nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naalehu road trip site .

Drive from Honomu to Naalehu in 2 hours. Traveling from Honomu in August, expect nights in Naalehu to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pahoa.

Things to do in Naalehu

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

1
night
Pahoa

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

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pahoa trip builder .

Getting from Naalehu to Pahoa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Naalehu in August, you will find days in Pahoa are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling 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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