11 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

11 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Haleakala National Park
— 2 nights
— 5 nights



— 3 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Relax by the water at Poipu Beach Park and Kalapaki Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Hanalei Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lihue: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Salt Pond Beach Park (in Hanapepe) and Waimea (Puu Hinahina Lookout & Waimea Canyon State Park). The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Hanalei Bay, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, and tee off at Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lihue online tour planner.

Houston to Lihue is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Houston to Lihue due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park

— 2 nights

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Haleakala Crater, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huialoha Church, then ride a horse along Pipiwai Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Lindbergh's Grave.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Haleakala National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Haleakala National Park takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Haleakala National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips


— 5 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kapalua Beach. Relax by the water at Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea (Maluaka Beach & Wailea Beach) and Kalepolepo Beach Park (in Kihei). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, stroll through The Spa at Black Rock, and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haleakala National Park to Lahaina. When traveling from Haleakala National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Lahaina, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Kauai travel guide

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.

Maui travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.