30 days in Big Island Itinerary

30 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island trip itinerary planner

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Waimea
— 5 nights
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Captain Cook
— 6 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 12 nights
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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: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Waikoloa (Waikoloa Kings' Course & Anaehoomalu) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, stroll through Waialea Beach, contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park, and add some adventure to your tour with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak.

Start your trip to Waimea by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Vancouver, Canada to Waimea is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Waimea. Traveling from Vancouver in November, expect nights in Waimea to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 6 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.
Explore Captain Cook's surroundings by going to Whittington Beach Park (in Naalehu), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with My Kona Adventures, appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and steep yourself in history at The Painted Church.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Captain Cook trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Captain Cook takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Waimea in November: highs in Captain Cook hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (Ka Lae, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

Drive from Captain Cook to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when traveling from Captain Cook in November, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hilo

— 12 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Swim with Dolphins, &more), Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa) and Volcano (Epic Lava Tours, Volcano Garden Arts, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and cruise along Saddle Road.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hilo vacation app.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips