60 days in United States, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in United States, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

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60 days in United States, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Hilo, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
5
Apia, Samoa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lalomanu, Samoa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
8
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
9
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
10
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
12
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
13
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Hilo, United States

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kalapana and Volcano Art Center. Popular historic sites such as Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and St. Joseph Catholic Church, are in your itinerary. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Sulphur Banks, Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, stroll through Richardson Beach Park, and see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hilo road trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Hilo is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much hotter in Hilo: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail

7
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.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu), Waimea (Waialea Beach & Mau'umae Beach) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online itinerary builder .

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in August, Kailua-Kona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Waimea, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

7
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at La Isla Shopping Village and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Playa Delfines (in Cancun), Akumal Beach (in Akumal) and Tulum (Paradise Beach, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Fri) at Xel-Ha. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Xcaret Park, take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Playa del Carmen in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kailua-Kona to Playa del Carmen is 5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha

6
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo del Templo Mayor are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Cuernavaca (Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco & Robert Brady Museum) and Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada (in San Juan Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. In September, Mexico City is little chillier than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Apia.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral and Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa. You'll get in some beach time at Salamumu Beach and Lefaga Beach. Go for a jaunt from Apia to Savaia to see Giant Clam Sanctuary about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tafa Tafa Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Plantation House Samoa, and take an in-depth tour of Samoa Culture Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Apia journey maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mexico City to Apia. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Apia is 19 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lalomanu.

Things to do in Apia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Upolu, Giant Clam Sanctuary
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Lefaga Beach ©
Lefaga Beach

1
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. On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Sopoaga Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at To Sua Ocean Trench, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lalomanu Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lalomanu holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Apia to Lalomanu takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Lalomanu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopoaga Falls, To Sua Ocean Trench
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Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach
Sopoaga Falls ©
Sopoaga Falls
To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench

1
night
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, kick back and relax at Ha'atafu Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Free Church of Tonga. On the next day, savor the flavors at Talamahu Markets, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Centenary Church, then don't miss a visit to Kingdomkoffie, then appreciate the history behind Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Nuku'alofa trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalomanu to Nuku'alofa in 6.5 hours. September in Nuku'alofa sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tongatapu Island, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Ha'atafu Beach ©
Ha'atafu Beach
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes ©
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes
Free Church of Tonga ©
Free Church of Tonga

1
night
Taveuni Island, Fiji

Taveuni Island ©
Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nabogiono Farms, look for all kinds of wild species at Lavena Coastal Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Tavoro Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bouma National Heritage Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taveuni Island trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nuku'alofa to Taveuni Island. The time zone difference moving from Tonga Time to Fiji Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Taveuni Island when traveling from Nuku'alofa in September, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lavena Coastal Walk ©
Lavena Coastal Walk
Bouma National Heritage Park ©
Bouma National Heritage Park
Tavoro Waterfalls ©
Tavoro Waterfalls

4
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Sigatoka ©
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Step out of Sigatoka with an excursion to Shark Diving in Pacific Harbour--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Natadola Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Baravi Handcrafts.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sigatoka trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Taveuni Island to Sigatoka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Taveuni Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sigatoka, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving

5
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila ©
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
The Vanuatu Cultural Centre and Ekasup Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Eton Beach and Havannah Beach and Boat Club. Change things up with a short trip to Pele Island in Pele Island (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Iririki Island, identify plant and animal life at The Reef Vanuatu Zoological, admire the sheer force of Mele Cascades, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Secret Garden.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Vila trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sigatoka to Port Vila takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Fiji Time to Vanuatu Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Espiritu Santo.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eton Beach, The Secret Garden, Pele Island
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Iririki Island ©
Iririki Island
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ekasup Village ©
Ekasup Village

4
nights
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo ©
Espiritu Santo offers an impressive combination of natural beauty and cultural experiences.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Champagne Beach and Port Olry Beach. The adventure continues: Head underground at Millennium Cave, steep yourself in history at SS President Coolidge, head outdoors with Riri Blue Hole, and identify plant and animal life at Santo's Blue Hole Hangout.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Espiritu Santo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Vila to Espiritu Santo takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Espiritu Santo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Champagne Beach ©
Champagne Beach
Nanda Blue Hole ©
Nanda Blue Hole
Port Olry Beach ©
Port Olry Beach

4
nights
Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau Hagen and Cathedrale St Joseph de Noumea are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tjibaou Cultural Center and Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Go for a jaunt from Noumea to Yate to see Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Vata Beach, head off the coast to Ilot Maitre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Baie des Citrons, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Noumea tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Espiritu Santo to Noumea in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue
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Anse Vata Beach ©
Anse Vata Beach
Plage de la Baie des Citrons ©
Plage de la Baie des Citrons
Tjibaou Cultural Center ©
Tjibaou Cultural Center

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nights
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kuto Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piscine Naturelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Upi Bay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kanumera Bay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ile Des Pins trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Noumea to Ile Des Pins in an hour. In October in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Piscine Naturelle ©
Piscine Naturelle

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