16 days in Big Island Itinerary

16 days in Big Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Big Island trip itinerary planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Captain Cook
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kapaau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kahalu'u Beach Park, Atlantis Submarines Kona, Hawaii Outdoor Guides, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): go deep with Atlantis Submarines Kona, paddle through the water with Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures, see some colorful creatures with Kahalu'u Bay Education Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Rider Inc, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Discoveries, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with Big Island Divers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, stroll through White Sand Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Kona Henna, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona tour itinerary tool.

Milwaukee to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Kailua-Kona. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Milwaukee in July, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 86°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kealakekua Bay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally kick back and relax at Manini Kapahukapu Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Captain Cook vacation planner.

Captain Cook is just a stone's throw from Kailua-Kona. July in Captain Cook sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Kapaau.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kapaau

— 2 nights
Kapaau is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, at the northern tip of the big island of Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Ackerman Galleries, pause for some photo ops at Statue "King Kamehameha", view the masterpieces at Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, immerse yourself in nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, then stroll around Kapa’a Beach Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Kohala Mountain Road, get a taste of the local shopping with Hawi Farmers Market, then stroll through Upolu Point, then admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, and finally admire the majestic nature at Keokea Beach Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kapaau using our trip planner.

You can drive from Captain Cook to Kapaau in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Captain Cook, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Kapaau, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Kapaau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waimea

— 2 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve as well as Star Gaze Hawaii. On the 18th (Sun), see the top attractions with Star Gaze Hawaii, hike along Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve, get interesting insight from Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, then enjoy the sand and surf at Waialea Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puukohola Heiau, and then stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Waimea trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kapaau to Waimea by car takes about an hour. July in Waimea sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 3 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 Kazumura Cave Tours and Liliuokalani Gardens. Visit Honoli'i Beach Park and Reeds Bay Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kalapana (Star of the Sea Painted Church & Lava Viewing Area). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Kaumana Caves Park, don't miss a visit to Saddle Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and see the sky in a new way at Mauna Loa Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hilo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in July, expect nights in Hilo to be much hotter, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 4 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kilauea Caverns of Fire, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and Steam Vents. Get outdoors at Chain of Craters Rd and Kalapana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Keanakakoi Crater Overlook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (South Point Complex & Papakōlea Green Sand Beach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail, and take a memorable drive along Mauna Loa Scenic Drive.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips