26 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

26 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Captain Cook
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Puako
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hilo
— 10 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  23 h
End: Manchester

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Ka Lae). There's still lots to do: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, visit Kalapana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Naalehu
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

6
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.
Explore Captain Cook's surroundings by going to Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, steep yourself in history at The Painted Church, trek along The 1871 Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Captain Cook trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Captain Cook can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Honaunau, Kealakekua, Holualoa, Keauhou, Kula Kai Caverns
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

3
nights
Puako

Puako ©
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puako: Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau), Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts (in Hawi). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puako trip planning app.

You can drive from Captain Cook to Puako in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Puako can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kawaihae, Statue "King Kamehameha", Mauna Lani Resort , Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Statue ©
Statue "King Kamehameha"

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church, Swim with Dolphins, &more), Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa) and Volcano (Jagger Museum & Akatsuka Orchid Gardens). There's lots more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get curious at Imiloa Astronomy Center, shop like a local with Hilo Farmers Market, and see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Puako to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Puako in April, with lows around 22°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Papaikou, Volcano, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Helicopter Tours
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Swim with Dolphins

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