16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Bus:  27 h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Waimea, Kauai
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria lanakila Catholic Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lahaina is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Lahaina, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, things will get much warmer in Lahaina: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

2
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.
Step out of Kailua-Kona to go to Kohala Coast and see Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. January in Honolulu sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

1
night
Waimea, Kauai

Waimea ©
On the 29th (Sun), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, and finally snap pictures at Swinging Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then stop by Aunty Liliko'i.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waimea itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Waimea in 3 hours. In January in Waimea, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Poipu, Na Pali Coast State Park, Swinging Bridge, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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