17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 8 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Kapalua Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Maria lanakila Catholic Church and Jodo Mission Lahaina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, look for gifts at Glass Mango, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Lahaina: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hula Daddy Kona Coffee will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Honaunau to see Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In July in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

8
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 in touch with nature at Kailua Beach Park and Diamond Head State Monument. You'll get in some beach time at Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa). The adventure continues: stroll through Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial, and step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Honolulu travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Dole Plantation, Nu’uanu Pali, Polynesian Cultural Center
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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