18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Bus:  22 h 15 min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ulua Beach and Kamaole Beach Park III. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kamaole Beach Park II and Keawakapu Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailea (Little Beach & Maluaka Beach), Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ka'anapali Beach, and steep yourself in history at Old Lahaina Courthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Lahaina trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Melbourne to Lahaina due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Lahaina hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Kapalua, Maui Tropical Plantation, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Ulua Beach ©
Ulua Beach

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, and then view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Volcano Winery, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trail, then look for gifts at Big Island Candies, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Catholic Church,.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hilo vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Winery, Big Island Candies
Highlights from your plan
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Pacific Tsunami Museum ©
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

7
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 Sharks Cove and Sunset Beach Park. You'll explore and learn at Shangri La and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku), Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo) and Haleiwa (Laniakea Beach & Waimea Bay). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, revel in the low prices at Waikele Premium Outlets, take some stellar pictures from Puu Ualakaa State Park, and admire the masterpieces at Honolulu Museum of Art.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Nu’uanu Pali, Waikele Premium Outlets, Sharks Cove, Turtle Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waimanalo Beach ©
Waimanalo Beach
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum ©
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

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