12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get outdoors at Lanikai Beach and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Ka'ena Point State Park (in Waianae), Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Haleiwa (Scuba & Snorkeling & Shark Diving). There's lots more to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu driving holiday planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Ko Olina Lagoons, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Halona Blowhole, Lanikai Beach
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park, then see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park III.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kihei tour planner.

Fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

3
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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 4th (Tue), go for a walk through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Punalu‘U Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘U Beach, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Saddle Road
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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