10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Miami

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Kapiolani Regional Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Shangri La, then explore the activities along Waimea Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach Park, and finally kick back and relax at Laniakea Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday planning app .

Miami to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Honolulu are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Turtle Bay Beach, Sharks Cove
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Skydiving
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Laniakea Beach ©
Laniakea Beach

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Koke`e State Park, then stroll through Awaawapuhi Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Koke'e Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then kick back and relax at Secret Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanalei driving holiday app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kekaha, Koke'e Mountains, Secret Beach
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Koke`e State Park ©
Koke`e State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Michael the Archangel Church and Mokuaikaua Church. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Take a break from Kailua-Kona with a short trip to Waialea Beach in Waimea, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona day trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Keauhou, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Waialea Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, take in the natural beauty of Steam Vents, then hike along Sulphur Banks, and finally take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Volcano planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Chain of Craters Rd, Steam Vents
Highlights from your plan
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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