Hello fellow travelers! Over the summer, I partnered with the Island of Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau to go on the ultimate trip of a lifetime through the beautiful Island of Hawaii. Today, I am sharing with you the exact itinerary I used for my 6 day road trip. My trip planner, Jourdyn, worked very hard to put this awesome itinerary together for me, and it turned out amazing! You can see the article I wrote about the trip here. The pictures above were all taken from the roadtrip! One thing I have learned about traveling, is the more effort you put into planning your trip on the front end, the better your vacation will turn out.
There’s nothing worse than going somewhere new and having to Google things to do while your there. To prevent this from happening to you, I’ve detailed where we stayed, where we ate, what we did, and what companies we used. There are multiple options on where to eat for every meal, so you can have your pick based on what you are in the mood for!
I hope you find this itinerary to be of help. If you have any questions or need more recommendations, feel free to comment below or send me an email! I have provided links to where we stayed, as well as restaurant links so you can check out the menus before you go!
Arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Dinner recommendations in Volcano:
Estimated drive time from Hilo International Airport: 40 minutes
Overnight 5th Street Ohana
Morning: At leisure Explore Hilo
• Downtown Hilo
KapohoKine Adventures – Evening Volcano Explorer 1:30-8:30 PM
Overnight at 5th Street Ohana
Breakfast recommendations in Volcano
• Kilauea Lodge Restaurant (breakfast served 7:30 – 10 a.m.) –
**My personal favorite- we ate here twice! The banana pancakes, loco moco, and French Toast were our favorites!
• Volcano’s Lava Rock Café (breakfast served 7:30 – 11 a.m.) –
At leisure Explore Ka‘ü
South Point Beach **Amazing lookout! The Visitor’s Bureau discourages cliff jumping. But…. *cough..it’s a must do..cough**
Estimated drive time from 5th Street Ohana: 40 minutes
Drive to Kona via Highway 11 / Hawai‘i Belt Road
3:00 p.m. Check in to Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Estimated driving time from 5th Street Ohana: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dining recommendations in Kona:
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Captain Zodiac – 4-Hour Morning Raft and Snorkel Adventure
(Go in the morning while the water is super clear! Once the crowds begin to arrive, the water becomes cloudy and it’s hard to see.)
Overnight Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Breakfast recommendations in Kailua-Kona:
Explore North Kohala:
• Häwï town
• King Kamehameha Statue
• Pololü Valley Lookout –
*You may hike to the valley floor, but swimming at the beach is
discouraged because of strong currents. Once you get to the valley floor, the trail continues on! It’s tough and wet but the views at the end are incredible!
Estimated drive time from Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s
Kona Beach Hotel: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Lunch recommendations in North Kohala:
Dinner & Show: Island Breeze Luau
Located at the hotel. (We got the premiere seating and it was so worth it! We were up front and first to the food!)
Paddle boarding at Kona Boys Beach Shack
Kona Boys’ Beach Shack is located on the beach at Kamakahonu Bay, fronting
Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The Kona Beach
Shack opens at 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. Check out of Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Kaloko-Honoköhau National Historical Park –
Greenwell Coffee Farm Tour
Board flight back to the mainland!
Have you ever been to Hawaii? Have you ever been on a road trip? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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