17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  25​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Papaikou
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay & Big Island Bees). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. November in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Captain Cook, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kula Kai Caverns
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

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.
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's surroundings by going to Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Kulanaokuaiki Campground, and get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Papaikou.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Volcano, Punalu‘U Beach, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

3
nights
Papaikou

Papaikou ©
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, engage your brain at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laupahoehoe Beach Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Papaikou travel route app .

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Papaikou in 1.5 hours. In November in Papaikou, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Papaikou

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hilo, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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