13 days in Big Island Itinerary

13 days in Big Island Itinerary

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

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Kailua-Kona

— 5 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.
Visit 49 Black Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kanaloa Octopus Farm and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, experience rural life at The Vanillerie, admire the majestic nature at Kekaha Kai State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach.

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

Dallas to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour travel. You can also fly. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dallas to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 73°F in Kailua-Kona. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'u Huluhulu trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park driving holiday website.

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. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 67°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Hilo

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hawaiian Vanilla Company. You'll get in some beach time at Richardson Beach Park and Carlsmith Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Keaukaha Beach Park, and admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips