12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii visit planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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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.
Visiting Kanaloa Octopus Farm and Kahalu'u Beach Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and St. Michael the Archangel Church. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Captain Cook (Big Island Bees & Pae'a), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Waimea (Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park & Waialea Beach). The adventure continues: Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and stroll through White Sand Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona route planner.

Washington DC to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in March: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 81°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 1 night
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery and then trek along Sulphur Banks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Hilo

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally cruise along Banyan Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church,, step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery, then look for gifts at Honomu Goat Dairy, and finally walk around Laupahoehoe Beach Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hilo day trip planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Hilo sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.