12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii sightseeing planner
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Kailua-Kona
— 7 nights
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona — 7 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.
Visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay for their historical value. Let the collections at Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Paniolo Heritage Center capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Lava Light Galleries, examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona tour itinerary planning tool.

San Antonio to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from San Antonio in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hilo.
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Hilo — 4 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.
Let the collections at Imiloa Astronomy Center and Pacific Tsunami Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Liliuokalani Gardens. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Volcano Garden Arts (in Volcano) and Devastation Trail (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, cruise along Banyan Drive, and view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hilo, with lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to 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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