18 days in Oahu, Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

18 days in Oahu, Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

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18 days in Oahu, Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hanalei
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Poipu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Honolulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You've now added Waikiki Beach to your itinerary. On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach and then kick back and relax at Laniakea Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Banzai Pipeline and then stroll through Sharks Cove.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Laniakea Beach
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Laniakea Beach ©
Laniakea Beach
Banzai Pipeline ©
Banzai Pipeline
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Big Island Candies and then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, get impressive views of Kīlauea, and then kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hilo road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Big Island Candies, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Kīlauea
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Hawaiian Vanilla Company ©
Hawaiian Vanilla Company

5
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Visiting Secret Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puu Poa Beach and Lumahai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanalei: Awaawapuhi Trail (in Kekaha) and Waimea (Koke'e Mountains & Waipo’o Falls). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Koke`e State Park, get great views at Puuo Kila, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pihea Trail.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hanalei road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Hanalei takes 3.5 hours. In July in Hanalei, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Waimea, Kekaha, Kauai, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Puu Poa Beach
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Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach
Puu Poa Beach ©
Puu Poa Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Poipu

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Baby Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Makawehi Bluff and Salt Pond Beach Park. Change things up with a short trip to Canyon Trail in Waimea (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lawa'i Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at National Tropical Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brennecke's Beach, and stop by Talk Story Bookstore.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Poipu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanalei to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Poipu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hanapepe, Canyon Trail, Brennecke's Beach, Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site, Lawa'i Beach
Highlights from your plan
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Makawehi Bluff ©
Makawehi Bluff
National Tropical Botanical Garden ©

2
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Makapu'u Beach, and then kick back and relax at Waimanalo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellows Field Beach Park, then take some stellar pictures from Puu Ualakaa State Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Honolulu travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Poipu to Honolulu takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waimanalo, Nu’uanu Pali
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Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park
Waimanalo Beach ©
Waimanalo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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