37 days in United States, Apia & Lalomanu Itinerary

37 days in United States, Apia & Lalomanu Itinerary

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37 days in United States, Apia & Lalomanu Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Apia, Samoa
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
2
Lahaina, United States
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Lihue, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Honolulu, United States
— 10 nights
Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
7
Lalomanu, Samoa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  9 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

1
night
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, and finally stroll through Tafa Tafa Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lefaga Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then Head underground at Piula Cave Pool, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Falefa Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Apia itinerary builder tool.

Wellington, New Zealand to Apia is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to West Samoa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Piula Cave Pool
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Lefaga Beach ©
Lefaga Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Piula Cave Pool ©
Piula Cave Pool

8
nights
Lahaina, United States

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ka'anapali Beach and Maluaka Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Napili Beach. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Kihei (The Awakening Church & Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, enjoy the sand and surf at Ulua Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Makena Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Apia to Lahaina. The time zone difference moving from West Samoa Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 23 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kapalua, Kihei, Wailuku, Maui
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

4
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Step out of the city life by going to Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Ka Lae Light. Go for a jaunt from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Naalehu to see South Point Complex about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), get great views at Holei Sea Arch, and hike along Sulphur Banks.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Lahaina to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Naalehu
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, kick back and relax at Magic Sands, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay).

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Honaunau, Captain Cook, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

5
nights
Lihue, United States

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Get in touch with nature at Waimea Canyon State Park and Polihale State Park. Visit Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Lihue with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Eleele, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapaki Beach, contemplate the long history of Kilohana, and learn more about the world around you at Kauai Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lihue trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Waimea, Poipu, Hanalei Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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nights
Honolulu, United States

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 Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will appeal to history buffs. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Haleiwa Beach Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, stroll through Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Lalomanu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Haleiwa, Kailua, Pupukea, Malaekahana State Recreation Area
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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night
Lalomanu, Samoa

Lalomanu ©
Lalomanu is a village on the east coast of Upolu island in Samoa.The village is part of the electoral constituency (Faipule District) Aleipata Itupa i Luga which is within the larger political district of Atua.The white sandy seaside is called Lalomanu Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Samoa with beach fale accommodation run by locals, including Litia Sini Beach Resort and Taufua Beach Fales, for tourists and visitors. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at To Sua Ocean Trench and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lalomanu Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lalomanu sightseeing planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honolulu to Lalomanu. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to West Samoa Standard Time, which is usually a 23 hour difference. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalomanu

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

To Sua Ocean Trench
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To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach

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