If you are unsure how to divide your time on the Big Island, or just want someone else to make the tough decisions during your vacation, you will love this section! Our Island experts have compiled five itineraries that will allow you to make the best out of your time here.
One day | Two Days | Three Days | Five Days | Seven Days
We describe itineraries for 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, and 7-day visits. If you want to get a good taste of all the islands treasures, we recommend to spend at least a night in the following three places: Kailua Kona on the west side of the island, Hilo on the west side, and Volcano Village between the other two, on top of the Kilauea Volcano.
Activities that your itinerary should include
If you really want to enjoy even a fraction of what the Big Island has to offer, you should plan on staying at least 7 days. However, we understand that reality often does not allow such a lengthy stay on Hawaii. If you are visiting multiple Hawaiian islands during your visit and have little time on the Big Island, the single most unique place that you should not miss is the Kilauea Volcano. Other attractions unique to the Big Island are Green Sand Beach and the Telescopes on top of Mauna Kea.
How can we help you to plan your vacation to Hawaii?
The generic answer to this question is of course: “That depends on your wishes”. Are you a first time visitor, back for seconds or a die-hard Big Island fan or even a resident?
- If this is the first time that you think about spending time on the Big Island, both our 7 day itinerary or our highlights for the Big Island where we list our favorite activities, beaches, culinary activities are a good place to start.
- If you already have a rough schedule in mind you can fill that in using our city guides or activity summary.
- If you are a Big Island return visitor or Kama’aina (long term resident, literally “Child of the island” in Hawaiian) and/or are just looking for specific information on the Big Island, our Hawaii Search is guaranteed to help you on your way.
The itineraries described in this section highlight the most special features of Hawaii, and are meant as suggestions. We highly recommend you to tailor them to your own taste – taking more time for activities that are close to your heart and perhaps cutting out time on those activities that are not as good a fit to your personal circumstances.