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:  6 h 30 min
1
Honolulu
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Wailuku
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Lanikai Beach and Waimanalo Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pupukea (Sharks Cove & Banzai Pipeline). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Augustine by-the-Sea, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip planning tool .

San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wailuku.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Waimanalo Beach
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

4
nights
Wailuku

Wailuku ©
Wailuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Visit Napili Beach and Wailea Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Wailuku side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Lahaina) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Kamaole Beach Park II). There's more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and explore the different monuments and memorials at Maui Veterans Cemetery.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wailuku journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Wailuku takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wailuku

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kihei, Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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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