15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Puukohola National Historic Park and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Waikoloa to see Waikoloa Beach Resort about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Volcano Art Center Gallery and Punalu‘U Beach will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Volcano Garden Arts and 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass. When in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, make a side trip to see Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu, approximately Naalehu away. There's much more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get impressive views of Kīlauea, take a stroll through Kalapana, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in October since evenings lows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Hilo Farmers Market and Big Island Candies. Get a sense of the local culture at Liliuokalani Gardens and Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Maku'u Farmer's Market (in Pahoa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery, look for gifts at Basically Books, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mokupapapa Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.