11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
3
Poipu, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h 45 min
End: New York City

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.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then explore and take pictures at Saddle Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. In May, Hilo is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Saddle Road, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

3
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.
Relax by the water at Napili Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wailea Beach and Makena Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kihei (Maui's World Gallery & Kamaole Beach Park III) and Zipline (in Haiku). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Lahaina trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Lahaina are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Zipline
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

1
night
Poipu, Kauai

Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Poipu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Poipu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanikai Beach and Sharks Cove. Step out of the city life by going to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Sunset Beach Park). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and take some stellar pictures from Puu Ualakaa State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Honolulu journey planning app.

You can fly from Poipu to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In May in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Sharks Cove
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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