5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

5 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii attractions planner
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Captain Cook
— 1 night
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Waimea
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 1 night
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Captain Cook — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Kona Joe Coffee and then stroll through Kealakekua Bay. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Honaunau Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Captain Cook online sightseeing planner.

Seattle to Captain Cook is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in February, expect Captain Cook to be warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waimea.
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Waimea — 2 nights

A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, then admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley, and then get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get great views at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Waimea tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Captain Cook in February, you will find days in Waimea are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are cooler (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hilo.
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Hilo — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls and then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner.

Getting from Waimea to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in February, expect nights in Hilo to be much warmer, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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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