Summary of the stay

  • 7 days
  • All seasons
  • Solo
  • Couple
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Adventure / Sports & Leisure
  • Free time
  • Relaxation / Well-being
  • Medium

If you have a one-week stay in Hawaii, it's better to focus on one of the four most important islands: Oahu, Maui, Big Island or Kauai. Due to a fairly strenuous time lag, it is tiresome to the fly almost immediately again to go to another island. And, above all, a week is just enough to actually visit each of these four islands!

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Itinerary of the stay
  • Honolulu
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waimanalo
  • Kailua
  • Kaneohe
  • Waimea
  • Haleiwa
  • Koko Head Regional Park
  • Laie
  • Kahuku
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Detail of the stay : Hawaii: one week, an island - 7 days

Day 1: One week in Oahu

It's advisable to book a hotel in Waikiki to sleep there all week long. As you stay in Waikiki, you can indeed easily travel throughout the island and visit a different part of Oahu each day (good road connections and short journeys). You arrive at the airport in Honolulu, the day before or early in the morning. Spend the day on the {1}Waikiki{/1} beaches and take a surf course. At 6.30 pm, go to Kuhio Beach to watch the hula show (free) and learn this dance. Then go towards one of the lively bars of the corner and taste its first pupus (Hawaiian salted snacks) accompanied by a May-tai.

Day 2: Chinatown and the historic centre of Honolulu

Spend the morning in Chinatown. Walk in Chinatown and do shopping. Lunch at one of the Asian restaurants on site. In the afternoon, go to the historic centre. Discover the monuments and museums in the historic centre.

Day 3: Hanauma Bay.

Spend the day on the crystal bay of Hanauma. Activities: swimming, sunbathing and especially snorkeling (one of the best sports of the archipelago)! Sporty people can combine with a hike in the Koko Crater located just opposite. In the evening: go to a luau. A luau(traditional Hawaiian dinner) must be attended at least once during your stay, as it gives a cultural and culinary overview of the archipelago. The Paradise Cove Luau is recommended.

Day 4: Pearl Harbor Memorial and the Bishop Museum

In the morning at Pearl Harbor. Arrival early in the morning between 7 am and 8 pm to avoid long queues. Visit of Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and Du USS Missouri Memorial. Return to Honolulu late in the morning and lunch in the historic centre. In the afternoon at the Bishop Museum. Visit of Hawaiian Hall, Polynesian Hall and Science Adventure Center.

Day 5: The north coast

In the morning: discovery of city Haleiwa city. Shopping in surf shops and art galleries (don't miss that of Ron Artis), visit the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum and the Liliuokalani church, tasting a shave-ice in Aoki's or Matsumoto. Swimming and lunch on site. In the afternoon: the Waimea beaches road at Sunset Beach. A stop at Sunset Beach and Waimea Beach: three world-famous surf spots, each winter, featuring the "Triple Crown of Surfing" surfing championship.

Day 6: The East coast

Morning between the beaches of Waimanalo, Kailua Beach Park and then the heavenly Lanikai Beach. Keep one or two hours to try a kayak outing and see the turtles. At 1pm: go up the east coast. Visit of the Japanese temple Byodo In (closed at 5.30) and tasting of roasted shrimp in one of the "shrimp trucks" around Kahuku.

Day 7: Diamond Head and the Honolulu heights

Spend the morning at Diamond Head. Trekking to Diamond Head around 7 am to avoid heat and crowds. At noon: the area of Ala Moana. Lunch and shopping in Ala Moana Shopping Center. In the afternoon in the Honolulu heights. Visit of the Contemporary Museum, stroll at Lyon Arboretum Park and hike in Manoa waterfalls.

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