8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo
— 1 night
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Hilo

— 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hilo day trip planner.

Tampa to Hilo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Tampa in June, expect Hilo to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 3 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip maker app.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 27th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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.