15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  14​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Waimea, Kauai
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Relax by the water at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and admire all the interesting features of Puu Ualakaa State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Honolulu holiday planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Swim with Dolphins, Nu’uanu Pali, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
Waimea, Kauai

On the 12th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Aunty Liliko'i, and then admire the majestic nature at Waimea Canyon State Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waimea trip maker .

Fly from Honolulu to Waimea in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Waimea can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Waimea

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Aunty Liliko'i ©
Aunty Liliko'i

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 Ka'anapali Beach. Get some cultural insight at Charles Lindbergh's Grave and Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Lahaina Front Street (in Lahaina) and Hana Coast Gallery (in Hana). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kihei driving holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waimea to Kihei in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Waimea in May since evenings lows in Kihei dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Hana Coast Gallery, Charles Lindbergh's Grave, Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, Haleakala Crater
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Hana Coast Gallery ©
Hana Coast Gallery

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puukohola National Historic Park and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Step out of Kailua-Kona to go to Puako and see Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at The Original Donkey Ball Store, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning app .

Getting from Kihei to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook, The Original Donkey Ball Store, Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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