13 days in Big Island Itinerary

13 days in Big Island Itinerary

Jeannie Wheeler
Make it your trip
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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
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Kailua-Kona — 6 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, Mahai'ula Beach, Kikaua Point Park, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i and Maka’ula ‘O’oma Tract. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kahaluu Bay and Kailua Pier.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip builder site.

Seattle to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in June, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 85°F and lows at 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 6 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaumana Caves Park, Akaka Falls State Park, Rainbow Falls, and other attractions you added. Family-friendly places like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka Lae will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holei Sea Arch and Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail. Step out of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with an excursion to South Point Complex in Naalehu--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, stroll through Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, get impressive views of Kīlauea, and explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 69°F in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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