60 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

60 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Puako
— 14 nights
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Captain Cook
— 14 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 15 nights
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Hilo
— 16 nights
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Puako — 14 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puako: Honokaa (Hiilawe Falls, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, &more), Kapaau (Statue "King Kamehameha" & Keokea Beach Park) and Waimea (Mahukona Beach Park, Waimea Town Market, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puako online itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Puako is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Puako, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Puako is a bit warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.
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Captain Cook — 14 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 Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, Whittington Beach Park, &more), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Ocean View (Kula Kai Caverns & Spinzone Laundry). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with My Kona Adventures, take a memorable drive along Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor, stroll through Kealakekua Bay, and trek along Kealia Ranch.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puako to Captain Cook by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Captain Cook, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 15 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Step out of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with an excursion to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach in Naalehu--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), cruise along Mauna Loa Scenic Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Holei Sea Arch.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route maker website.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You'll set off for Hilo on the 13th (Wed).
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Hilo — 16 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe (Laupahoehoe Beach Park & Laupahoehoe Train Museum), Pahoa (Maku'u Farmer's Market, Red Road (Hwy 137), &more) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the flight 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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