15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Visit Sharks Cove and Sunset Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Waimea Bay and Lanikai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Shark Diving (in Haleiwa), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, trek along Koko Crater Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Honolulu, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali, Sharks Cove, Byodo-In Temple
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): hike along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Makawehi Bluff.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lihue trip planner .

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kauai Coffee Company
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Honaunau Bay. Visiting Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Swim with Dolphins will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Kona Joe Coffee, look for gifts at Kona Bay Books, and explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Honaunau, Kealakekua Bay, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Swim with Dolphins
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

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 12th (Wed), look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, appreciate the history behind Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hilo, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Kamaole Beach Park III, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then sample the fine beverages at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, and finally kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kihei road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kihei are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III

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