21 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

21 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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21 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Waimea
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kealakekua
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

6
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu (in Kailua-Kona), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. In January in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Kilauea Caverns of Fire, Honomu Goat Dairy, Kapoho Tide Pools, Banyan Drive
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

5
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Volcano, Steam Vents, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

5
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waimea: Waikoloa (Swim with Dolphins & Anaehoomalu), Hawi (Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele & Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, get a taste of life in the country at Dahana Ranch, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, and appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Waimea travel planning app .

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Waimea by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in January: highs in Waimea hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kawaihae, Hawi, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Mauna Lani Resort
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

3
nights
Kealakekua

Kealakekua ©
Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, then stroll through Kahaluu Beach, and then Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kealakekua trip builder .

Traveling by car from Waimea to Kealakekua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in January, expect nights in Kealakekua to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kahaluu Beach, Kula Kai Caverns, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach

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