I completely understand the daunting task of planning your Hawaii vacation. If you’ve never been to Hawaii, it’s difficult enough to select which island(s) you want to visit. Once you’ve selected an island, you have brief sense of accomplishment before you realize that you’ve got to plan your itinerary.
We all want to make the most of our vacation time. So, how do you get to see all the best sights and do all the best activities? How do you plan to see it all logistically? To find your ideal itinerary that suits your tastes, you’ll have to do a bit of researching. The good news is that there are some useful free online resources to aid you in your personal research.
I’ll list some of the top resources that make a good starting point.
First, let’s start with our Go Visit Hawaii recommendations that are a “cheat sheet” list of what to do on each island. Though not in a itineary format, we’ve heard over and over from readers that our recommendations resulted in amazing vacations.
- Maui’s Top 7 Free or Nearly Free Things to Do and See
- Top 5 Things You Should See and Do on Maui
- 10 Best Free Activities and Sites on Oahu
- Best Free Activities on Kauai
- Best Big Island Budget Activities
The following itinerary lists may be self-described as perfect but, I hesitate to describe them as being perfect. There can’t be a one-size-fits-all itinerary.
Hawaiian Airlines has useful vacation itineraries. If you click on their “trip details” button, the website will provide you with estimated time to allocate for each activity. Here are links to their suggestions:
Fodor’s has itineraries that are a bit more general, but still quite good. Here are their free suggestions:
Frommer’s also have itineraries suggestions for one-week Hawaii vacations. Their recommendations are quite a bit more specific – even to the point of recommending a few businesses. A big caution I have about Frommer’s plans is that their day one arrival suggestions are way too ambitious! For example, on Maui they suggest you go to a luau on your arrival day. I can tell you from much experience, if you are coming from the Midwest or East Coast, there is absolutely no way that you’ll have the energy to enjoy a luau on the day of arrival. Still, I think their free vacation plans are still worth reviewing, though I wouldn’t necessarily take all their recommendations on blind faith.