9 days in Big Island Itinerary

9 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island visit planner

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Captain Cook
— 1 night
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Puako
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 6 nights
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Captain Cook

— 1 night
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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Painted Church, and then Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Captain Cook online road trip planner.

San Francisco to Captain Cook is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Captain Cook hover around 85°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puako

— 1 night
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then discover the deep blue sea with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puako journey planner.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Puako takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June in Puako, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks

Hilo

— 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church, Swim with Dolphins, &more), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Puako in June since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips