16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Wailuku, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Ulaanbaatar

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Malaekahana State Recreation Area (in Laie). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at Bishop Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu road trip planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Honolulu is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, Honolulu is much hotter than Ulaanbaatar - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wailuku.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Wailuku, Maui

Wailuku ©
Wailuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Hale Pa'i Printing Museum, & more) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana, relax in the rural setting at Maui Tropical Plantation, see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, and admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Wailuku driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Wailuku takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Wailuku are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Wailuku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui Veterans Cemetery, Haleakala Crater, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

3
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Get out of town with these interesting Volcano side-trips: Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls State Park, & more) and Mauna Kea (in Kailua-Kona). There's still lots to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Steam Vents, and stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Volcano trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wailuku to Volcano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Steam Vents, Mauna Kea
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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