10 days in Big Island Itinerary

10 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island trip itinerary planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kealakekua Bay and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Honaunau Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Captain Cook (The Captain Cook Monument & The Painted Church), Waikoloa (Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve & 49 Black Sand Beach) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waialea Beach, explore the activities along Kahaluu Bay, take an in-depth tour of Hulihe'e Palace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online travel planner.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get much hotter in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 81°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 1 night
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, then hike along Sulphur Banks, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Get outdoors at Kapoho Tide Pools and Kehena Black Sand Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hawaiian Vanilla Company and Carlsmith Beach Park. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Lava Viewing Area (in Kalapana) and Epic Lava Tours (in Volcano). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips