16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Koloa, Kauai
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Mokuaikaua Church for their historical value. The Painted Church and Puukohola National Historic Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kailua-Kona with a short trip to Kohala Mountain Road in Hawi, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, immerse yourself in nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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 13th (Thu): trek along Sulphur Banks, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then examine the collection at Lyman Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Volcano route builder app.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Volcano sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Koloa.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Koloa, Kauai

— 5 nights
Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Get in touch with nature at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Kauai Path. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Koloa Town and Menehune Fishpond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koloa: Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei), Sleeping Giant Trail (in Kapaa) and Waimea (Canyon Trail & Waimea Canyon State Park). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Kauai Sea Rider Snorkel & Whale Watching Tours, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, hike along Ho'opi'i Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koloa tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Volcano to Koloa takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Koloa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Koloa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Diamond Head State Monument and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Pillbox Hike in Kailua--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Augustine by-the-Sea.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Koloa to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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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.