16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Waikoloa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Waikoloa

Waikoloa ©
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Waikoloa: Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , and contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Waikoloa trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Waikoloa is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Waikoloa, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get warmer in Waikoloa: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Statue "King Kamehameha", Mauna Lani Resort
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'u Huluhulu trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Waikoloa to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waikoloa in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Steam Vents, Jagger Museum, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Kula Kai Caverns
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

6
nights
Hilo

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 find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church, Swim with Dolphins, & more) and Kona Coffee Living History Farm (in Captain Cook). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, get curious at Imiloa Astronomy Center, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary website .

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Hilo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Swim with Dolphins
Helicopter Tours

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