12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Hanalei, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Get outdoors at Sharks Cove and Shark Diving. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunset Beach Park and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park), Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, hike along Koko Crater Trail, admire all the interesting features of Nuuanu Pali Lookout, and immerse yourself in nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Sharks Cove, Byodo-In Temple, Nu’uanu Pali
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Volcano Garden Arts, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Volcano online itinerary builder .

Getting from Honolulu to Volcano by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kihei, Maui

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park III.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kihei road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Volcano to Kihei takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III

4
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ke'e Beach and Hanalei Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Tunnels Beach and Kalalau Trail. When in Hanalei, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Koloa, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hanalei planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hanalei takes 2 hours. In August in Hanalei, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ke'e Beach
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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