17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Bus:  26 h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  26 h
End: Zurich

6
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 hidden gems such as Lahaina Harbor and Kamaole Beach Park II. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Whalers Village Museum and Old Lahaina Courthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea), Kula (Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery & Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm) and Kamaole Beach Park III (in Kihei). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ka'anapali Beach, kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, look for gifts at Glass Mango, and trek along Kapalua Coastal Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahaina travel planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Lahaina is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in November: high temperatures in Lahaina hover around 31°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kula, Kihei, Parasailing & Paragliding, Honolua Bay, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Kapalua Coastal Trail ©
Kapalua Coastal Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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.
Kealakekua Bay and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Greenwell Farms and Jack's Diving Locker. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona vacation planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
Highlights from your plan
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Jack's Diving Locker ©
Jack's Diving Locker

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Jagger Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilauea and Kilauea Iki Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (in Papaikou) and Holei Sea Arch (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano tour planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, with lows around 22°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

4
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.
Get outdoors at Sunset Beach Park and Ko Olina Lagoons. Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, hike along Diamond Head State Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Volcano to Honolulu. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunset Beach Park, Ko Olina Lagoons
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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