12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  33​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Sydney

few
hours
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.
For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu online journey 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. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Pololu Valley Lookout, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, and other attractions you added. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona travel planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lava Viewing Area, Kehena Black Sand Beach, Kapoho Tide Pools, and other attractions. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead & Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo route planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, with lows around 25°C. You'll set off for Honolulu on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahoa, Kilauea Visitor Center, Lava Viewing Area, Chain of Craters Rd
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Keanakakoi Crater Overlook ©
Keanakakoi Crater Overlook

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
You've added Manoa Falls Trail, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Halona Blowhole, and other attractions to your itinerary. Enjoy Honolulu some more: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

Plan my day in Honolulu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Oahu
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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