9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Lanikai Beach and Banzai Pipeline. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Ehukai Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Waimea Bay, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Waikiki Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, hike along Diamond Head State Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu road trip planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Pupukea
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

4
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.
Visiting Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park will get you outdoors. Visit Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and White Sand Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Manini Kapahukapu Beach & Honaunau Bay) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris, add some fun to your beach time Big Island Divers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Magic Sands, and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online trip maker .

Getting from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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