12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii attractions planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Volcano
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, head outdoors with Kona Cloud Forest, and relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Kailua-Kona is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Volcano

— 3 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You've now added Mauna Loa to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jagger Museum and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. Take a break from Volcano with a short trip to Mauna Loa Scenic Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Volcano road trip site.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Hilo

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, engage your brain at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Honomu Goat Dairy, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hilo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Volcano to Hilo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hilo, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

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.