35 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

35 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner
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Hilo
— 13 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 7 nights
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Captain Cook
— 6 nights
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Puako
— 8 nights
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Hilo — 13 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Jacob Tuft Massage (in Pahoa), Star of the Sea Painted Church (in Kalapana) and Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, walk around Laupahoehoe Beach Park, identify plant and animal life at Epic Lava Tours, and see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hilo road trip website.

Durham to Hilo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to Hilo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in April, with highs in Hilo at 81°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 7 nights

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 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a short trip to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, cruise along Devastation Trail, and take a stroll through Kalapana.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Captain Cook.
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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 Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, get outside with My Kona Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Captain Cook trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Captain Cook when traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in May, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puako.
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Puako — 8 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Puako side-trips: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Kapaau (Statue "King Kamehameha" & Keokea Beach Park) and Waipio Na'alapa Trail (in Waimea). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, get a taste of life in the country at Parker Ranch, get to know the fascinating history of The Puako Petroglyphs, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puako day trip planner.

You can drive from Captain Cook to Puako in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. May in Puako sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.
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