15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hilo
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Ka Lae Light will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Kīlauea and Sulphur Banks. When in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, make a side trip to see Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Kalapana, get great views at Holei Sea Arch, admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, and take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. In January, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is much warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Volcano, Naalehu, Chain of Craters Rd
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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks

3
nights
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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Kanaloa Octopus Farm will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Mokuaikaua Church. Step out of Kailua-Kona to go to Waimea and see Waialea Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, look for gifts at Kona Henna, examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, and stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kona Historical Society, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Waialea Beach, Kahalu'u Beach Park, Mauna Kea Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm

8
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Richardson Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Liliuokalani Gardens and Mauna Loa Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalapana (Star of the Sea Painted Church & Lava Viewing Area), Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa) and Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market (in Kaimu). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island, see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, and Head underground at Kazumura Cave Tours.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo holiday planner .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kalapana, Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market, Kapoho Tide Pools, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Carlsmith Beach Park ©
Carlsmith Beach Park

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