7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Captain Cook
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hilo travel planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Hilo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much hotter in Hilo: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Captain Cook

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 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Saddle Road and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook day trip planning site .

Drive from Hilo to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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