12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii itinerary planner

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Volcano
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
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Volcano

— 3 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (in Papaikou) and Hilo (Helicopter Tours, Akaka Falls State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Volcano trip itinerary site.

Washington DC to Volcano is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Volcano due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get much hotter in Volcano: highs are around 82°F and lows about 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona itinerary planner.

You can drive from Volcano to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.