24 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

24 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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24 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: London

11
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Explore hidden gems such as Mauna Kea Beach and Honaunau Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: The Painted Church (in Captain Cook), Kawaihae (Puukohola Heiau & Puukohola National Historic Park) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at 49 Black Sand Beach, kick back and relax at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner .

London, UK to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Captain Cook, Holualoa, Kawaihae, Keauhou
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Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation ©
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Waipi'o Valley ©
Waipi'o Valley

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kīlauea and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Holei Sea Arch and Lava Viewing Area. Go for a jaunt from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Naalehu to see Papakōlea Green Sand Beach about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 15th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd, head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, trek along Sulphur Banks, and take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Chain of Craters Rd, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Lava Viewing Area
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

7
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kapoho Tide Pools and Richardson Beach Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Kehena Black Sand Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Pahoa (Kaimu Beach Park, Ahalanui Park, & more) and Ka'u Coffee Mill (in Pahala). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaumana Caves Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hilo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, Kilauea Caverns of Fire, Ka'u Coffee Mill, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Coconut Island ©
Coconut Island

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