15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, get a new perspective on nature at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hilo day trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13- hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit warmer in Hilo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona journey planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kahaluu Beach, Mauna Lani Resort , Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Kihei (Kalepolepo Beach Park & Trinity Episcopal Church by-the-Sea), Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui Ocean Center, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Malaekahana State Recreation Area (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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