33 days in Hawaii Itinerary

33 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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33 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 16 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Zurich

16
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), & more), Kailua-Kona (Swim with Dolphins, Mauna Kea, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, and stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Hilo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Zurich to Hilo. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Zurich in April, with highs in Hilo at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kula Kai Caverns
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Swim with Dolphins
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), The Awakening Church (in Kihei) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, contemplate the long history of Lahaina Jodo Mission, and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lahaina itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, The Awakening Church, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, make a trip to Polynesian Cultural Center, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll through Waikiki Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Honolulu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Tabora Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach. On the next day, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then get a new perspective on nature at Kauai Museum, then admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In May in Lihue, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Opaekaa Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Helicopter Tours
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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