31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Waimea
— 9 nights
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Captain Cook
— 8 nights
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Hilo
— 13 nights
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Waimea

— 9 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
You'll get in some beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Anaehoomalu. Do your shopping at Waikoloa Beach Resort and Waimea Town Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau), Waikoloa (Kings' Shops, Genesis Galleries LLC, &more) and Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi). There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, browse the exhibits of Parker Ranch, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, and get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Waimea visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Waimea is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Waimea when traveling from Vancouver in July, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 8 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Two Step. Head to Big Island Bees and Keauhou Farmer's Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Captain Cook side-trips: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Naalehu (Ka Lae Light, Ka Lae, &more). There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with My Kona Adventures, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pae'a.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Captain Cook online visit planner.

You can drive from Waimea to Captain Cook in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Waimea in July: highs in Captain Cook hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 13 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.
Relax by the water at Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Honoli'i Beach Park. Do your shopping at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Volcano (Jagger Museum & 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass), Kailua-Kona (Mokuaikaua Church, Swim with Dolphins, &more) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Sulphur Banks, Devastation Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, kick back and relax at Keaukaha Beach Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hilo journey planner.

Drive from Captain Cook to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Captain Cook in July, Hilo is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

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.