9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Tampa


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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.
Relax by the water at Lanikai Beach and Sunset Beach Park. Step out of the city life by going to Diamond Head State Monument and Laniakea Beach. Step out of Honolulu to go to Haleiwa and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park, and appreciate the views at Nu’uanu Pali.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu day trip planning website .

Tampa to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Tampa in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Honolulu. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Nu’uanu Pali, Lanikai Beach
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maku'u Farmer's Market as well as Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Kīlauea and Sulphur Banks. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center & Devastation Trail) and Steam Vents (in Pahoa). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kazumura Cave Tours.

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

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahoa, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks

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