16 days in Big Island Itinerary

16 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island tour itinerary planner
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Hilo
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Captain Cook
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Puako
— 3 nights
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Hilo — 6 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo), Kailua-Kona (Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu, Mauna Kea, &more) and Volcano (Epic Lava Tours, Jagger Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hilo online journey maker.

Hartford to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Hartford to Hilo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Hartford in January: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 81°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Ka Lae Light). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Kalapana, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Captain Cook.
Parks · Outdoors · 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 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kona Historical Society, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Painted Church, then steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then stroll through Kealakekua Bay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Captain Cook trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. February in Captain Cook sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Puako.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Puako — 3 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, then explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Anaehoomalu, and then look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puako travel planner.

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 February in Puako, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips