11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lanikai Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Banzai Pipeline in Pupukea, approximately Pupukea away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu online travel planner .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In October, Honolulu is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Banzai Pipeline, Lanikai Beach
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

3
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Poipu Beach Park and Spouting Horn. You'll get in some beach time at Shipwreck Beach and Lawa'i Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poipu: Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Polihale State Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Menehune Fishpond, and stop by The Shops at Kukuiula.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Poipu trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Poipu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea, Koloa, Kalapaki Beach, Menehune Fishpond
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Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

1
night
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 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honokeana Bay.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Poipu to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Lahaina sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Honokeana Bay
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Honokeana Bay ©
Honokeana Bay
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Anaehoomalu and Honaunau Bay. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Waikoloa Beach Resort (in Waikoloa) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with Big Island Divers and wander the streets of Kailua Pier.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Honaunau, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Big Island Divers ©
Big Island Divers

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