15 days in Big Island Itinerary

15 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island travel planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and 49 Black Sand Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Captain Cook (The Painted Church, Kealakekua Bay, &more), Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kealakekua). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, look for gifts at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Seattle to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. In April, Kailua-Kona is much hotter than Seattle - with highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Epic Lava Tours and Kapoho Tide Pools. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, take in the natural beauty of Steam Vents, and head off the coast to Coconut Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 4 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Explore hidden gems such as Kīlauea and Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Kalapana.

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Traveling by car from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife