17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Lanai City, Lanai
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Wailea Beach. You'll explore and learn at Hana Coast Gallery and Laura Mango Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Zipline (in Lahaina) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Tutu's Pantry, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Mission.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kihei travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kihei is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Kihei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hana, Lahaina, Holy Ghost Mission, Wailea Beach, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for gifts at The Original Donkey Ball Store, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally stroll through Kahaluu Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary maker site .

Fly from Kihei to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, The Original Donkey Ball Store, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Volcano Art Center and Jagger Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Volcano: Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls State Park, & more). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcano trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, Volcano is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lanai City.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

1
night
Lanai City, Lanai

Lanai City ©
Lanai City is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Lanai, in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lanai Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Hulopoe Beach, then view the masterpieces at Mike Carroll Gallery, and finally stop by The Local Gentry.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanai City attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Volcano to Lanai City. In May in Lanai City, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lanai City

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Hulopoe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mike Carroll Gallery ©
Mike Carroll Gallery
Hulopoe Beach ©
Hulopoe Beach
Lanai Cat Sanctuary ©
Lanai Cat Sanctuary

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.
Do your shopping at Polynesian Cultural Center and Muumuu Heaven. Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Lanai City to Honolulu with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lanai City in May; daily highs in Honolulu reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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