23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Captain Cook
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ocean View
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Volcano
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Pahoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kawaihae
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kailua-Kona
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
End: Seattle

1
night
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.
Planning Kailua-Kona trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Seattle to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in January: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. You will leave for Captain Cook on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Parks

4
nights
Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park as well as The Captain Cook Monument. Visiting Honaunau Bay and Kona Coffee Living History Farm will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, kick back and relax at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, and experience rural life at Big Island Bees.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Captain Cook tour site .

Captain Cook is just a stone's throw from Kailua-Kona. In January in Captain Cook, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ocean View.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Honaunau, Scuba & Snorkeling, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Highlights from your plan
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

1
day
Ocean View

Ocean View ©
On the 12th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns and then kick back and relax at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ocean View journey builder website .

Getting from Captain Cook to Ocean View by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Captain Cook in January, expect nights in Ocean View to be cooler, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Ocean View

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

5
nights
Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Holei Sea Arch and Ka'u Coffee Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd, hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Punalu'u Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Volcano trip planning tool .

Getting from Ocean View to Volcano by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, Volcano is somewhat warmer than Ocean View - with highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pahoa.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hilo Coffee Mill, Ka'u Coffee Mill
Highlights from your plan
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Chain of Craters Rd ©
Chain of Craters Rd

3
nights
Pahoa

Pahoa ©
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Kilauea Caverns of Fire, wander the streets of Kalapana, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Star of the Sea Painted Church.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pahoa day trip website .

Drive from Volcano to Pahoa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. You will leave for Hilo on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Pahoa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kilauea Caverns of Fire, Star of the Sea Painted Church, Kalapana
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Caverns of Fire ©
Kilauea Caverns of Fire
Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Kehena Black Sand Beach ©
Kehena Black Sand Beach

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Richardson Beach Park and Coconut Island. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Akaka Falls State Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaumana Caves Park, look for gifts at Big Island Candies, and savor the flavors at Hilo Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hilo journey builder site .

Drive from Pahoa to Hilo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Big Island Candies
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

5
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mauna Kea Beach and Waialea Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore and take pictures at Kohala Mountain Road, look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Puukohola Heiau.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kawaihae trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kawaihae takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Hilo in January, plan for little chillier days in Kawaihae, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea, Waikoloa, Kohala Mountain Road, Mauna Kea Beach, Mauna Lani Resort
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park

1
day
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona
On the 29th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, and then take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Kailua-Kona takes an hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kawaihae in January: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Similar Plans

8 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM ITALY August, teens, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Oahu, Island of Hawaii & Maui BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Maui & Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Oahu & Maui BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, teens, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans