15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Koloa, Kauai
— 3 nights
Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights


Honolulu, Oahu — 5 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Waimea Valley (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Honolulu to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Koloa.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Koloa, Kauai — 3 nights

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Poipu Beach Park and Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wailua Falls. Explore Koloa's surroundings by going to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Hanalei (Hanalei Valley Lookout & Hanalei Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, and take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Koloa online journey planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Koloa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daily temperatures in Koloa can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Captain Cook.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii — 1 night

A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): fulfill a lifelong dream with My Kona Adventures, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Painted Church.

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Getting from Koloa to Captain Cook by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. In April, daytime highs in Captain Cook are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Volcano.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Volcano, Island of Hawaii — 2 nights

Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then walk around Punalu‘U Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Volcano day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Volcano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Volcano when traveling from Captain Cook in April, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui — 3 nights

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.
On the 28th (Thu), experience rural life at Maui Tropical Plantation, then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina online route builder.

You can fly from Volcano to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Lahaina are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.