10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

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 get in some beach time at Waikiki Beach and Sharks Cove. Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and Waimea Valley. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae), Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei). There's still lots to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip tool.

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hilo

— 4 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Punalu‘U Beach and 49 Black Sand Beach. Get outdoors at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea & Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)), Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea & Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, cruise along Saddle Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.