18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Bus:  27​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Mission, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina online road trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Lahaina is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Lahaina is minus 10 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in October; daily highs in Lahaina reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maui, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manoa Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu journey builder .

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Honolulu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
nights
Hilo

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 7th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, engage your brain at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and then make a trip to Kalapana Kava Bar.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo attractions planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Childrens Museums Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kalapana Kava Bar, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): wander the streets of Kalapana, then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park planner .

Getting from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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