9 days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puako & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puako & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puako & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Puako
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Dallas

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 14th (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market and then enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner .

Dallas to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in June, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 83°F and lows at 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Puako.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens ©
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens

4
nights
Puako

Puako ©
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Pololu Valley Lookout and Liliuokalani Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puako: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park & Rainbow Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Waipi'o Valley, enjoy the sand and surf at 49 Black Sand Beach, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puako trip maker site .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Puako in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Puako sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Puako

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hilo, Waikoloa, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Kauna'oa Bay
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Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online tour planner .

Getting from Puako to Kailua-Kona by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, Honaunau Bay, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Swim with Dolphins
Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation ©
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

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