10 days in Oahu & Kauai Itinerary

10 days in Oahu & Kauai Itinerary

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Honolulu
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Poipu
— 5 nights
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Honolulu
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Honolulu

— 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Queen Emma Summer Palace, then go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nu’uanu Pali, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder site.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Honolulu. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Honolulu at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Poipu

— 5 nights
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. state of Hawaii. We've included these beaches for you: Kalapaki Beach and Salt Pond Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Makawehi Bluff. Explore Poipu's surroundings by going to Sleeping Giant Trail (in Kapaa) and Canyon Trail (in Waimea). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at National Tropical Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, stroll through Baby Beach, and take a tour by water with Hunt Fish Kauai.

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

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Poipu takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Poipu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Honolulu

— 1 night

Big Pineapple

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Poipu to Honolulu in 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.