11 days in Honolulu & Maui Itinerary

11 days in Honolulu & Maui Itinerary

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11 days in Honolulu & Maui Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Kihei
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lanikai Beach and Sharks Cove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, appreciate the history behind Makua and Kila statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali, Byodo-In Temple, Waimanalo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

5
nights
Kihei

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pipiwai Trail and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Wailea Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina (Napili Beach & River Rafting & Tubing) and Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park II, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Kihei Baptist Chapel, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maui Brewing Company.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kihei trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Honolulu to Kihei by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Pipiwai Trail, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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