12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and hike along Diamond Head State Monument.

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Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Honolulu: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 4 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Waikoloa Beach Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). And it doesn't end there: pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hilo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.