60 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

60 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner
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Puako
— 15 nights
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Hilo
— 17 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 12 nights
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Captain Cook
— 15 nights
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Puako — 15 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Puako: Kapaau (Statue "King Kamehameha" & Keokea Beach Park), Honokaa (Waipiʻo Valley Lookout & Mauna Kea Tea) and Waimea (Waipio Na'alapa Trail, Kahua Ranch, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, wander the wide-open spaces of Parker Ranch, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and stroll through Anaehoomalu.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puako visit planner.

Phoenix to Puako is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect nights in Puako to be somewhat warmer, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Hilo — 17 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo), Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Ola Brew, &more) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden.

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

Traveling by car from Puako to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Puako in October, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 12 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. There's much more to do: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. On the 17th (Wed), you're off to Captain Cook.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Captain Cook — 15 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Captain Cook: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala), Naalehu (Whittington Beach Park, Ka Lae Light, &more) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, admire the natural beauty at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Painted Church.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Captain Cook online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Thu).
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.