11 days in Honolulu & Big Island Itinerary

11 days in Honolulu & Big Island Itinerary

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Honolulu
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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Waikoloa
— 2 nights
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Honolulu — 6 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get outdoors at Waikiki Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lanikai Beach and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Pillbox Hike (in Kailua) and Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in April, with highs in Honolulu at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hilo.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Side Trips

Hilo — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Waikoloa.
Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
Side Trips

Waikoloa — 2 nights

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 24th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Quest, and then hike along Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waikoloa online travel planner.

Getting from Hilo to Waikoloa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Waikoloa can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip