30 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

30 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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30 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  39​h
1
Volcano
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakalau
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Waimea
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kailua-Kona
— 9 nights
Fly:  40​h
End: Cape Town

6
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.
Head to Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market and Hilo Coffee Millfor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach and Green Sands Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Holei Sea Arch, Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, & more) and Pahala (Ka'u Coffee Mill & Wood Valley Temple). Spend the 30th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Garden Arts, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcano holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Volcano is an approximately 39-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Volcano is minus 12 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Volcano, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakalau.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahala, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Hilo Coffee Mill, Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

4
nights
Hakalau

Hakalau ©
Hakalau is a small unincorporated community located along the Hamakua coast about 15mi north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in the U.S. Shop till you drop at Hilo Farmers Market and Big Island Candies. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakalau: Hilo (Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, Helicopter Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, pause for some photo ops at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hakalau trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Hakalau takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Hakalau

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Hilo, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Island Candies, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

7
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Waialea Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waimea: Waikoloa (Waikoloa Beach Resort, Helicopter Tours, & more), Zipline (in Hawi) and Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau). The adventure continues: stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, steep yourself in history at The Puako Petroglyphs, kick back and relax at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park, and take a memorable drive along Kohala Mountain Range.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waimea travel planner.

You can drive from Hakalau to Waimea in an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hakalau in September: highs in Waimea hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Waikoloa, Statue "King Kamehameha", Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Mauna Lani Resort
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Anaehoomalu ©
Anaehoomalu

9
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Magic Sands. Do your shopping at Keauhou Shopping Center and Big Island Bees. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Honaunau Bay & Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park). Spend the 15th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona holiday planner.

You can drive from Waimea to Kailua-Kona in an hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Waimea in September: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Honaunau, Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Ho‘Okena Beach Park, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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