22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Poipu, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 9 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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. Visiting Waimea Canyon State Park and Spouting Horn will get you outdoors. Explore Poipu's surroundings by going to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Kapaia Stitchery (in Lihue). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Poipu travel itinerary creator.

Sydney, Australia to Poipu 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 July, plan for a bit warmer days in Poipu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lihue, 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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ka'anapali Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Wailea Beach and Kapalua Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, look for gifts at Glass Mango, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria lanakila Catholic Church, and don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina vacation builder.

Getting from Poipu to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Haleakala Crater, Maui Tropical Plantation, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilauea Iki Trail and Kilauea. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Kohala Coast) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea Beach, Jagger Museum, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kailua Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Waimea Bay. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa), Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu travel planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center, Nu’uanu Pali
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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