12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Volcano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona — 4 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Swim with Dolphins and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kona Cloud Forest, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Kailua-Kona. In November, Kailua-Kona is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Volcano.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

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've now added Mauna Loa to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jagger Museum and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. Take a break from Volcano with a short trip to Mauna Loa Scenic Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

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You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Volcano, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trip

Hilo — 3 nights

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 5th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, engage your brain at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Honomu Goat Dairy, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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You can drive from Volcano to Hilo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hilo, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.