50 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

50 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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50 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  27​h
1
Hilo
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Waimea
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kealakekua
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 11 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

12
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa) and Kailua-Kona (The Vanillerie, Swim with Dolphins, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, get curious at Imiloa Astronomy Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

Samsun, Turkey to Hilo is an approximately 37-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. In December, Hilo is warmer than Samsun - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Swim with Dolphins

11
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waimea: Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo), Waikoloa (Swim with Dolphins, 49 Black Sand Beach, & more) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kohala Historical Sites State Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waimea trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in December, you will find days in Waimea are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Waikoloa, Honokaa, Hawi, Kawaihae
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

12
nights
Kealakekua

Kealakekua ©
Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Kealakekua: Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, South Point Complex, & more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Big Island Bees, and take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kealakekua road trip planning site .

Drive from Waimea to Kealakekua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in January, expect nights in Kealakekua to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Honaunau, Naalehu, Holualoa, Keauhou
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Greenwell Farms ©
Greenwell Farms

11
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Pahoa (Red Road (Hwy 137), Ahalanui Park, & more), Pahala (Punalu‘U Beach, Ka'u Coffee Mill, & more) and Naalehu (Whittington Beach Park & Papakōlea Green Sand Beach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, hike along Sulphur Banks, cruise along Devastation Trail, and contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park planning website .

You can drive from Kealakekua to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Volcano, Pahoa, Pahala, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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