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:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly + Foot:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Oahu Diving and Rainbow Scuba Hawaii. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaimana Divers and Island Divers Hawaii. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Banzai Pipeline (in Pupukea), Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Sunset Suzy's Surf School (in Haleiwa). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, discover the deep blue sea with Alex's Aquatic Adventures, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and see the vivid underwater world at Pele's Chair.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Honolulu travel planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Honolulu at 81°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua, Banzai Pipeline, Pele's Chair, Sunset Suzy's Surf School
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Oahu Diving ©
Oahu Diving
Rainbow Scuba Hawaii ©
Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kona Diving Company. Get some historical perspective at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau) and Puukohola Heiau (in Kawaihae). The adventure continues: see HYPR Nalu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, discover the deep blue sea with Honu Sports, and take a tour by water with Sunlight on Water.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona planning app .

You can fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Honaunau, Kawaihae, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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