12 days in Oahu Itinerary

12 days in Oahu Itinerary

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12 days in Oahu Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Laie
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Train:  16​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

7
nights
Honolulu

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 Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. Head to Ala Moana Center and Muumuu Heavenfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Swim with Dolphins in Waianae--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu sightseeing planner.

Philadelphia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Laie.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Swim with Dolphins
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

3
nights
Laie

Laie ©
Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Sunset Beach Park and Shark Diving. Visit Turtle Bay Beach and Kualoa Regional Park for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Polynesian Cultural Center, explore the activities along Waimea Bay, pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ehukai Beach Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Laie trip planner .

You can drive from Honolulu to Laie in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in August; daily highs in Laie reach 83°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Laie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kualoa Regional Park, Turtle Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Shark Diving
Waimea Bay ©
Waimea Bay

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