10 days in Big Island Itinerary

10 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island travel route planner

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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
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Hilo

— 4 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 get in some beach time at Richardson Beach Park and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kīlauea and Epic Lava Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Akatsuka Orchid Gardens (in Volcano), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Sulphur Banks & Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)) and Pahoa (Steam Vents & Kapoho Tide Pools). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hilo driving holiday planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get much hotter in Hilo: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kealakekua Bay and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. We've included these beaches for you: 49 Black Sand Beach and Honaunau Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: The Captain Cook Monument (in Captain Cook) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, stroll through Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, and experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips