12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: New York City

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sharks Cove and Scuba & Snorkeling. Popular historic sites such as Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Puu Ualakaa State Park, and kick back and relax at Ko Olina Lagoons.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu tour planning website .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Honolulu. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Honolulu reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Kailua, Ko Olina Lagoons, Byodo-In Temple
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

3
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Tunnels Beach and Kalalau Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Hanalei Beach and Na Pali Coast State Park. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Queen's Bath, admire all the interesting features of Hanalei Valley Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hanalei online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hanalei are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Queen's Bath
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcano trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hanalei to Volcano in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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