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
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. For shopping fun, head to Polynesian Cultural Center or The Ukulele Store. Venture out of the city with trips to Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, kick back and relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu itinerary planner.

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. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Swim with Dolphins, Sunset Beach Park, Makapu'u Point
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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.
Get in touch with nature at Haleakala Crater and Kalepolepo Beach Park. Head to Village Galleries in Lahaina and Sweet Paradise Chocolatierfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina (Ka'anapali Beach & Lahaina Banyan Court). There's lots more to do: stroll through Wailea Beach, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kihei holiday planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Kihei by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Haleakala Crater, Maui Ocean Center
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally cruise along Devastation Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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