17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

6
nights
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument, Big Island Bees, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, see Kona Boys, and explore and take pictures at Saddle Road.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona road trip tool .

New Delhi, India to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from New Delhi to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in January: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Saddle Road
Saddle Road

2
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Quest and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Waikoloa Beach Resort, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, then appreciate the views at Waipio Valley, and finally get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waimea itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Waimea in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Kailua-Kona, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waipio Valley, Puukohola National Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout ©
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

6
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Volcano (Jagger Museum & Volcano Winery) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail, Kīlauea, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, and don't miss a visit to Pepeekeo Scenic Drive.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hilo trip planning site .

You can drive from Waimea to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in January, you will find days in Hilo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Big Island Candies
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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