23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 5 nights
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Captain Cook
— 4 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 6 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Change things up with a short trip to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route planner.

Charlotte to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Charlotte in April, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 81°F and lows at 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hilo.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Hilo — 7 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: Volcano (Jagger Museum & Epic Lava Tours), Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Hilo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waimea.
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Parks · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Waimea — 5 nights

A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Get out of town with these interesting Waimea side-trips: Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau), Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waimea journey website.

You can drive from Hilo to Waimea in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in April, expect nights in Waimea to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Captain Cook.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Captain Cook — 4 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.
Captain Cook is known for adventure, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, shop like a local with Big Island Bees, and kick back and relax at Two Step.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Captain Cook holiday planner.

You can drive from Waimea to Captain Cook in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in April, expect nights in Captain Cook to be much warmer, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.
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