39 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

39 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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
— 8 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 9 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 14 nights
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Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Victoria station, Train to Manchester

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka Lae. Take a break from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a short trip to South Point Complex in Naalehu, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), take a memorable drive along Crater Rim Drive, get impressive views of Kīlauea, and make a trip to Holei Sea Arch.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Captain Cook: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Naalehu (Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit, Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, &more) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with My Kona Adventures, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument, and relax in the rural setting at Pele Plantations.

Make your Captain Cook itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea

— 9 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Family-friendly places like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Anaehoomalu will thrill your kids. Explore Waimea's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi) and Kapaau (Statue "King Kamehameha" & Keokea Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, kick back and relax at Waialea Beach, appreciate the views at Waipio Valley, and get engrossed in the history at Parker Ranch.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Waimea day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Captain Cook, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 14 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Liliuokalani Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Holualoa Village, Swim with Dolphins, &more), Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, admire all the interesting features of Saddle Road, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo driving holiday site.

You can drive from Waimea to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Waimea, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Hilo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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.