10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  6​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: San Diego

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You've now added Reef Pirates Diving to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Visit Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Shark Diving) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and pause for some photo ops at Honolulu World War II Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu online holiday builder .

San Diego to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Honolulu to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Pele's Chair, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Swim with Dolphins
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
On the 31st (Tue), kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wailea Beach, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina route app .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Puukohola National Historic Park, then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip maker app .

Getting from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Puukohola National Historic Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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