15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Captain Cook
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Puako
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hilo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Ottawa

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Popular historic sites such as Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Ka Lae Light are in your itinerary. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's surroundings by going to Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz & Ka Lae). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park travel itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In mai, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a bit warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Naalehu
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

2
nights
Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Kealakekua Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Honaunau Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Painted Church, and finally kick back and relax at Ho‘Okena Beach Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Captain Cook travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in mai, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Captain Cook, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Kahaluu Beach, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Ho‘Okena Beach Park
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Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

2
nights
Puako

Puako ©
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puako trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Captain Cook to Puako in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In mai, daily temperatures in Puako can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kawaihae
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Liliuokalani Gardens and Mokupapapa Discovery Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mokuaikaua Church and Wood Valley Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Swim with Dolphins, Kailua Pier, &more) and Pahala (Ka'u Coffee Mill & Punalu‘U Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, look and learn at Onizuka Astronomy Complex, kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hilo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puako in mai, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hilo, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Pahala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Swim with Dolphins
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

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