34 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

34 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Captain Cook
— 7 nights
Drive
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Puako
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 13 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Chain of Craters Rd. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's surroundings by going to Naalehu (South Point Complex & Ka Lae). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take a stroll through Kalapana, hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is minus 14 hours. When traveling from Dubai in June, plan for much colder days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 7 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.
Attractions like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and The Painted Church make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz & Ka Lae Light) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore, take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and relax in the rural setting at Pele Plantations.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Captain Cook trip builder app.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Puako

— 6 nights
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kids will enjoy Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Lani Resort . Explore Puako's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Dahana Ranch (in Waimea) and Kapaau (Keokea Beach Park, Statue "King Kamehameha", &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puako road trip planning website.

Drive from Captain Cook to Puako in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 13 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Helicopter Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, 2nd Wave Beach and Boat, &more), 49 Black Sand Beach (in Waikoloa) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, get curious at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, stroll through Richardson Beach Park, and look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hilo driving holiday site.

Getting from Puako to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puako in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 24°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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.