16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus:  17 h 45 min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulua Beach and Kamaole Beach Park II. Shop till you drop at Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm and Proteas of Hawaii. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Lahaina (Whalers Village Museum & Ka'anapali Beach). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Surfing Goat Dairy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maui Tropical Plantation, and kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III.

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

Sydney, Australia to Kihei is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 20 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kula, Lahaina, Ulua Beach, Maui Tropical Plantation
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Ulua Beach ©
Ulua Beach
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III

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.
Get some historical perspective at Kealakekua Bay and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Waikoloa Beach Resort and Big Island Bees. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, tour the water at your own pace with Jack's Diving Locker, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Jack's Diving Locker ©
Jack's Diving Locker
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, get impressive views of Kilauea, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Volcano trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunset Beach Park and Waikele Premium Outlets. USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Laniakea Beach), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, appreciate the views at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, and step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Volcano to Honolulu. In January in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Waikele Premium Outlets, Ko Olina Lagoons, Nu’uanu Pali
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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