16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Bus:  22 h 15 min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Melbourne

4
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: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului), Wailea Beach (in Wailea), Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku), Kihei (Scuba & Snorkeling & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, look for gifts at Glass Mango, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria lanakila Catholic Church, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Lahaina is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lahaina, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Scuba & Snorkeling, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach, Helicopter Tours
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in Kohala Coast (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, and kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Greenwell Farms, Kahaluu Beach, Mauna Kea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Waikiki Beach, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery-Pacific, hike along Manoa Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. January in Honolulu sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sunset Beach Park, Dole Plantation
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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