15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
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Captain Cook
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puako
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park side-trips: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz). There's much more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary website.

Detroit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in September: high temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 86°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Captain Cook

— 2 nights
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, then experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, and finally take an in-depth tour of H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook road trip site.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Captain Cook sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puako

— 3 nights
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. When in Puako, make a side trip to see Statue "King Kamehameha" in Kapaau, approximately Kapaau away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, and steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

Start your trip to Puako by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Captain Cook to Puako in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In September in Puako, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, Mauna Kea, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hilo online trip maker.

You can drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Puako in September since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.