37 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

37 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Captain Cook
— 7 nights
Drive
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Waimea
— 8 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 13 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 7 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's surroundings by going to Naalehu (South Point Complex, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip site.

Perth, Australia to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Perth to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in September: highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 25°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naalehu (Ka Lae Light & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, and explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

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You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Captain Cook can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea

— 8 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Explore Waimea's surroundings by going to Waikoloa (Waikoloa Kings' Course, Anaehoomalu, &more), Hawi (Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, Kohala Zipline, &more) and Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and gain insight with Waipio Valley Shuttle.

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Getting from Captain Cook to Waimea by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Captain Cook, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Swim with Dolphins, &more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, cruise along Saddle Road, get a new perspective on nature at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hilo online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Waimea in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hilo, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.