13 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii tour itinerary planner
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kapaau
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Ocean View
— 1 night
Drive
5
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier, and shop like a local with Big Island Bees.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning website.

Salt Lake City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Kailua-Kona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kapaau.
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Kapaau — 1 night

Kapaau is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, at the northern tip of the big island of Hawaii. On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout, appreciate the history behind Statue "King Kamehameha", then admire the majestic nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Kapaau takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Kapaau: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Hilo.
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Hilo — 3 nights

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: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Honokaa (Mauna Kea Tea & Waipiʻo Valley Lookout). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and examine the collection at Lyman Museum.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner.

Getting from Kapaau to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Kapaau in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hilo, with highs around 85°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ocean View.
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Ocean View — 1 night

Hawaiian Ocean View is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of Kaū. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stop by Hawaii's Local Buzz, then relax in the rural setting at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, and then explore the striking landscape at Kula Kai Caverns.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ocean View trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hilo to Ocean View by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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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.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is known for nature, trails, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take some stellar pictures from Holei Sea Arch, stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park holiday planning site.

Getting from Ocean View to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ocean View in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 71°F in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.
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