17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Kihei, Maui
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Sydney

3
days
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Kīlauea. Do your shopping at Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market and Big Island Candies. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) & Kilauea Iki Trailhead), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). The adventure continues: stop by Hilo Coffee Mill and browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hilo tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Hilo to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market, Big Island Candies, Jagger Museum, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Zipline
Jagger Museum

6
days
Kihei, Maui

Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Visiting Ulua Beach and Kapalua Beach will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Alii Kula Lavender and Sweet Paradise Chocolatier. Step out of Kihei with an excursion to Napili Beach in Lahaina--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ho'okipa Beach Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park III, and kick back and relax at Keawakapu Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kihei trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hilo to Kihei in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kula, Wailuku, Napili Beach, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamaole Beach Park III
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach

6
days
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sharks Cove and Ko Olina Lagoons. Do some cultural sightseeing at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, revel in the low prices at Waikele Premium Outlets, stop by Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Honolulu custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Sharks Cove, Ko Olina Lagoons
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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