15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 4 nights
Drive
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Captain Cook
— 3 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kīlauea and Chain of Craters Rd. Escape the urban bustle at Holei Sea Arch and Pu'u Huluhulu trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sulphur Banks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planner.

Columbus to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Columbus to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to the time zone difference. In July in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Richardson Beach Park and Carlsmith Beach Park. Popular historic sites such as St. Michael the Archangel Church and Mokuaikaua Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Kahaluu Bay, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more), Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Coconut Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Hilo, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Waimea

— 4 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at 49 Black Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waialea Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, explore the different attractions at Parker Ranch, and take some stellar pictures from Pololu Valley Lookout.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Waimea vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hilo in July, plan for little chillier days in Waimea, with highs around 73°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 3 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 13th (Tue): experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, shop like a local with Big Island Bees, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally admire all the interesting features of Kealakekua Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Honaunau Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Painted Church, then admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, and finally kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

Discover how to plan a Captain Cook trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Captain Cook takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Waimea in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Captain Cook: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.