18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Keawakapu Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kamaole Beach Park III. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku), Zipline (in Haiku), Kamaole Beach Park II (in Kihei) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ka'anapali Beach, and examine the collection at Whalers Village Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lahaina is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Lahaina to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kihei, Kapalua Beach, Maui Tropical Plantation, Parasailing & Paragliding, Keawakapu Beach
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Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kealakekua Bay and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. You'll get in some beach time at Honaunau Bay and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, stop by Keauhou Store, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. May in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Holualoa, Honaunau, Greenwell Farms, Kealakekua Bay, Kahaluu Beach
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then contemplate the geological forces at Kilauea, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Holei Sea Arch.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Volcano sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Volcano, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunset Beach Park and Waimea Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery-Pacific. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Laniakea Beach (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, revel in the low prices at Waikele Premium Outlets, get to know the fascinating history of Nuuanu Pali Lookout, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Volcano to Honolulu with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Honolulu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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