16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 9 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Sydney

9
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery-Pacific. Visiting Kailua Beach Park and Diamond Head State Monument will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Honolulu is minus 20 hours. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation, Waikele Premium Outlets
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Waimea Canyon State Park and Zipline. Step out of Poipu with an excursion to Na Pali Coast State Park in Wainiha--about 1:20 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, buy something for everyone on your list at Poipu Shopping Village, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Poipu travel planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Poipu by flight takes about 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Waimea Canyon State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach. Get in touch with nature at Wailea Beach and Kapalua Beach. Go for a jaunt from Lahaina to Kihei to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lahaina vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Poipu to Lahaina takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kapalua Beach
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

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