13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Laie, Oahu
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Lanai City, Lanai
— 1 night
Travel:  5​h 45​min
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, pause for some photo ops at King Kamehameha Statue, and stroll through Ala Moana Beach Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Honolulu reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time 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

1
night
Laie, Oahu

Laie ©
Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Waimea Bay, stroll through Sunset Beach Park, and then take a stroll around Polynesian Cultural Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Laie trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Honolulu to Laie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Honolulu in December, with highs in Laie at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lanai City.

Things to do in Laie

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Haleiwa
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Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Waimea Bay ©
Waimea Bay

1
night
Lanai City, Lanai

Lanai City ©
Lanai City is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Lanai, in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lanai Cat Sanctuary, then stroll through Hulopoe Beach, then shop like a local with Mike Carroll Gallery, and finally look for gifts at The Local Gentry.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lanai City route builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Laie to Lanai City. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lanai City

Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trip

Hulopoe Beach
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Mike Carroll Gallery ©
Mike Carroll Gallery
Lanai Cat Sanctuary ©
Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Hulopoe Beach ©
Hulopoe Beach

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Volcano Art Center and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Waikoloa Beach Resort (in Waikoloa). There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and view the masterpieces at Trudy's Island Arts.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lanai City to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Lanai City in December, expect Kailua-Kona to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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