21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
End: Playa del Carmen

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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary maker site .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Honolulu is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Honolulu. April in Honolulu sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Venture out of the city with trips to Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lihue online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Wailua River State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Photography Tours
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

4
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.
Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House (in Wailuku) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Lahaina Jodo Mission, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kihei trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In April, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hilo tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In April in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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.
On the 25th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, look for gifts at The Original Donkey Ball Store, and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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