12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kapaau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planner.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Kapaau.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Kapaau

— 2 nights
Kapaau is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, at the northern tip of the big island of Hawaii. You've now added Paniolo Adventures to your itinerary. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Statue "King Kamehameha", look for gifts at Ackerman Galleries, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, then take a pleasant ride with Paniolo Adventures, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kapaau day trip planning website.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Kapaau in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, plan for slightly colder days in Kapaau, with highs around 73°F, while nights are colder with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kapaau

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, then stop by Big Island Candies, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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You can drive from Kapaau to Hilo in 2 hours. Traveling from Kapaau in July, expect nights in Hilo to be warmer, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 5 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz). There's still lots to do: cruise along Devastation Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, hike along Sulphur Banks, and stroll through Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.