13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Relax by the water at Ka'anapali Beach and Wailea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Haleakala Crater and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Lahaina (Baldwin Home Museum & Lahaina Banyan Court). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park, identify plant and animal life at Waikamoi Preserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kihei day trip site .

Newark to Kihei is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in January, things will get much hotter in Kihei: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Waikamoi Preserve, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach, Haleakala Crater
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lihue vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Poipu
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Helicopter Tours

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Ehukai Beach Park. Visiting Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Kailua (Muumuu Heaven & Lanikai Beach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip tool .

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Honolulu are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Pupukea, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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