13 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Kapoho Tide Pools.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Hilo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Kapoho Tide Pools, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Carlsmith Beach Park ©
Carlsmith Beach Park
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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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 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Holei Sea Arch, cruise along Devastation Trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sulphur Banks, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then admire all the interesting features of Chain of Craters Rd.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip 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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Jagger Museum, Chain of Craters Rd
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch

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Kailua-Kona

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.
Relax by the water at Honaunau Bay and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i. Escape the urban bustle at Waipio Valley and Puukohola National Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay, The Captain Cook Monument, &more), 49 Black Sand Beach (in Waikoloa) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online vacation 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. October in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Captain Cook, Honaunau, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Puukohola National Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ©
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

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