38 days in Hawaii & Texas Itinerary

38 days in Hawaii & Texas Itinerary

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38 days in Hawaii & Texas Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
Haleiwa, Oahu
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Kihei, Maui
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
6
South Padre Island
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  31​h
End: Johannesburg


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5
nights
Haleiwa, Oahu

Haleiwa ©
Haleiwa is a North Shore community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Waialua District of the island of Oahu, City and County of Honolulu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skydiving and Turtle Bay Beach. Relax by the water at Sharks Cove and Banzai Pipeline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haleiwa: Keawaula (Yokohama Beach) (in Makaha), Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Kapolei (Ko'Olina Beach Park & Ko Olina Lagoons). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Laniakea Beach, appreciate the views at Waimea Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Waimea Bay.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Haleiwa vacation builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Haleiwa is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 12 hours. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Haleiwa, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Haleiwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Kapolei, Swim with Dolphins, Aweoweo Beach Park, Turtle Bay Beach
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Ko'Olina Beach Park ©
Ko'Olina Beach Park
Banzai Pipeline ©
Banzai Pipeline
Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons

5
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) and Hanalei Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Ke'e Beach and Anini Beach. Step out of Hanalei to go to Waimea and see Waimea Canyon State Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Queen's Bath, explore and take pictures at Hanalei Valley Lookout, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and hike along Pihea Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hanalei trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Haleiwa to Hanalei takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hanalei when traveling from Haleiwa in June, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Princeville, Ke'e Beach, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) ©

6
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Waipi'o Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and Pololu Valley Lookout. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and cruise along Saddle Road.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Kailua-Kona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. July in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Upolu Point, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Punalu‘U Beach, Kealakekua Bay
Highlights from your plan
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

6
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kahekili Beach Park and Kamaole Beach Park III. Explore hidden gems such as Wailea Beach Path and Ulua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ka'anapali), Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua) and Lahaina (Napili Beach & Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park, stroll through Makena Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip planner .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Wailuku, Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market and Hilo Coffee Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Kīlauea and Liliuokalani Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more), Pahoa (Steam Vents & Kaimu Beach Park) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and take a memorable drive along Banyan Drive.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel route builder site .

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 July, daytime highs in Hilo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahoa, Hilo Coffee Mill, Jagger Museum, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

5
nights
South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Brownsville (Gladys Porter Zoo, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Padre Island travel route planner .

Getting from Hilo to South Padre Island by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Hilo in July, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Brownsville, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

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