This is our first time visiting America and Hawaii has been somewhere my wife has always wanted to visit, we have 2 nights in San Francisco, 8 nights on the Big Island and 7 nights on Oahu and 4 night in Las Vegas.
We will be arriving 1st June 2014 we have a intermediate SUV hire car booked
I have spent some time looking places to visit on both island and have come up with this itinerary while on the Big Island. We are staying for 8 nights split 5 nights at Waikoloa beach resort and 3 nights in Volcano area
Day 1 Explore north of island visiting these places
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, King Kamehameha I Birth Place, Pololu Valley Lookout, Kohala Mountains
Day 2 Explore coffee country visiting these places
Holualoa coffee country, Coffee country 12 mile scenic drive, St Benedict Painted church,
Kealakelua Bay (Captian Cook Monument), Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Day 3 We want to visit the observatory complex on Mauna Kea for the sunset so have not planned much for that day apart from spending sometime on the beach and finding somewhere nice for lunch.
Day 4 Cross island towards Hilo visiting these places
Waimea, Kukuihaele Waipio valley lookout, Akaka falls state park, Pepe’ekeo (Onomea) scenic drive (Hilo)
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens
Day 5 Leave Kona for Volcano National Park and visiting these places on the drive
Papakōlea Beach green sands, Sea Turtles at Punalu’u, Mauna Loa Road scenic drive (Volcano Village)
Day 6 Volcano National Park
Chain of Craters Road, Crater Rim Drive, Kilauea Visitor Center, Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Mauna Loa Macdamia Nut Factory, Kapoho Kalapana road scenic drive, Hot Ponds
Have we missed any must see places!
I know it’s a lot to see but we live in England and may not have the chance to return and do not want to miss anything.