Hawaii's Big Island — Driving Tours

Kailua-Kona
Kailua-Kona
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Be sure to add in sightseeing time to each tour!

Ekahi — Full day tour

Hwy. 19 to Hwy. 11
Drive the Kohala coast to Kona, on around South Point, to volcano and Hilo (or reverse)
Approximate Mileage: 160 miles
Driving Time: 4 hours

Elua — Two day tour

Day One: Hwy. 11 to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Rte. 130 from Keaau to Pahoa, Rte. 137 to Kapoho, Rte. 132 to Rte. 130, then Hwy. 11 to Hilo
Approximate Mileage: 175 miles
Driving Time: 4.5 hours

Day Two: Hwy. 19 Hilo through Hamakua, Waimea, Kohala coast and Kona
Approximate Mileage: 100 miles
Driving Time: 2.5 hours

Ekolu — Half-day tour

Kohala coast hotels south on Hwy. 19 to Kailua-Kong, Hwy. 11 to Puuhonua o Honaunau and return.
Approximate Mileage: 105 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours

Eha — Three-quarter day tour

Pololu Lookout
Pololu Lookout
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Kona/Kohala hotels north on Hwy. 19 to Kawaihae, Rte. 270 to Pololu, Rte. 250 to Waimea and return on Hwy. 19.
Approximate Mileage: 90 miles
Driving Time: 2.5 hours

Elima — Full day circle island tour

Hwy. 11 around the southern portion and Hwy. 19 around the northern portion.
Approximate Mileage: 260 miles
Driving Time: 6 hours

Discover more

Hawaii's Big Island is big, so set that alarm early and take your time to explore every nook and valley, fit in all the sights and create lifetime memories. Just a few suggestions for places to visit:

Nanaue Falls
Nanaue Falls
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Historic Downtown Hilo, Lyman Museum, Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo's King Kamehameha statue, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Rainbow Falls, all the tropical gardens and nurseries, Lava Tree State Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Visitor Centre, Crater Rim Drive, Devastation Trail, Thurston Lava Tube, Volcano Art Centre, Thomas Jaggar Museum, Punaluu Beach Park, Whittington Beach Park, Ka Lae (South Point), Manuka Nature Trail, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kealakekua Bay, Kona Historical Society, Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Keauhou Bay, Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona Coffee Country, Holualoa, Ahuena Heiau, Natural Energy Laboratory, Onizuka Space Centre, Kona Coast State Park, Puukohola Heiau, Lapakahi State Historic Park, Mookini Heiau, the original King Kamehameha statue, Pololu Valley Lookout, Parker Ranch Visitor Centre & Historic Homes, Waipio Valley Lookout, Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, Laupahoehoe Train Museum, Hilo — Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Kolekole Beach Park, Akaka Falls and Onomea Scenic Drive.