22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  20​h
1
Hilo
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 10 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hilo Farmers Market or Hilo Coffee Mill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jagger Museum and Kalapana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center, Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hilo vacation builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Brisbane to Hilo due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Naalehu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Island Candies, Hilo Coffee Mill, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

1
night
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Green Sands Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Naalehu itinerary builder.

Getting from Hilo to Naalehu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, Naalehu is a bit cooler than Hilo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

10
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
For shopping fun, head to Waikoloa Beach Resort or Big Island Bees. Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea Summit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire all the interesting features of Saddle Road.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary builder.

You can drive from Naalehu to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Naalehu in April, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, Waikoloa, Honaunau
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

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