12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Captain Cook
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puako
— 3 nights
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Captain Cook — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay. You'll get in some beach time at Punalu‘U Beach and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with My Kona Adventures, contemplate the long history of The Painted Church, immerse yourself in nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, and appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument.

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Chicago to Captain Cook is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Captain Cook, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Captain Cook dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hilo.
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Hilo — 5 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Relax by the water at Magic Sands and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Get outdoors at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church & Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Richardson Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, Head underground at Kaumana Caves Park, and cruise along Saddle Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hilo tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Captain Cook to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Captain Cook in June since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puako.
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Puako — 3 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 19th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park and then see some colorful creatures with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puukohola Heiau, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and finally explore the activities along Puako Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puako trip planner.

Drive from Hilo to Puako in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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