12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Tampa

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Bishop Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip builder tool .

Tampa to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Swim with Dolphins, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Lahaina United Methodist Church and Lahaina Jodo Mission will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina online holiday maker .

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Lahaina are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua Beach, Iao Valley, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online attractions planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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