8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Captain Cook
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Hilo
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Waimea
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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 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kealakekua Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Painted Church, and then kick back and relax at Honaunau Bay.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook road trip tool.

Halifax, Canada to Captain Cook is an approximately 132-hour travel. Traveling from Halifax to Captain Cook, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Halifax in December, with highs in Captain Cook at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Hilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, stroll through Richardson Beach Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo online itinerary planner.

Drive from Captain Cook to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Captain Cook in December, Hilo is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Waimea

A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Visit Waialea Beach and Upolu Point for some beach relaxation. Visit Waipio Valley and Puukohola National Historic Park for their historical value. Explore Waimea's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Waikoloa (49 Black Sand Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout, steep yourself in history at Anna Ranch Heritage Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lapakahi State Historical Park, and kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waimea online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Waimea in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Hilo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Waimea: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.