16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Kona, Bus to Hilo
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Hilo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kailua-Kona
— 8 nights
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Hilo

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Imiloa Astronomy Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery, Kalapana, &more). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at The Umauma Experience, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd, and view the masterpieces at Banyan Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo road trip planning tool.

Berlin, Germany to Hilo is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 11 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Naalehu

— 1 night
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through South Point Complex, stroll through Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Ka Lae Light, and finally kick back and relax at Punalu‘U Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naalehu trip planner.

Drive from Hilo to Naalehu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hilo in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Naalehu: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona

— 8 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.
Attractions like Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Waikoloa (Anaehoomalu & Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Waikoloa) and Two Step (in Captain Cook). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at Hawaii Forest and Trail, stroll through Kahaluu Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Naalehu to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Naalehu in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kailua-Kona, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.