28 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

28 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Captain Cook
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 11 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 5 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Visit Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka Lae for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to South Point Complex in Naalehu (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, stroll through Sulphur Banks, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and cruise along Devastation Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amsterdam to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Captain Cook

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and My Kona Adventures. Head to Kona Joe Coffee and Keauhou Farmer's Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Captain Cook: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz (in Naalehu). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honaunau Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Pae'a, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manini Kapahukapu Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Captain Cook planner.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Captain Cook can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Waialea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pololu Valley Lookout and Mauna Lani Resort . Explore Waimea's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi) and Waikoloa (49 Black Sand Beach, Waikoloa Beach Resort, &more). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, take in the exciting artwork at Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park.

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You can drive from Captain Cook to Waimea in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Captain Cook in March, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Waimea: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 11 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Relax by the water at Carlsmith Beach Park and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and Rainbow Falls. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Volcano (2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, Epic Lava Tours, &more) and Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church, Kailua Pier, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, and admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hilo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in March, expect nights in Hilo to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · 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.