11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Lihue
— 1 night
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Hanalei
— 4 nights
Drive
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Poipu
— 4 nights
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Lihue

— 1 night
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lihue trip planner.

Nashville to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Nashville to Lihue, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nashville in May since evenings lows in Lihue dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Lihue

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hanalei

— 4 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hanalei: Awa'awapuhi Trail Parking (in Kekaha) and Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Puu Hinahina Lookout). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Na Pali Coast State Park, take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anini Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanalei online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lihue to Hanalei in an hour. May in Hanalei sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Poipu

— 4 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. Change things up with a short trip to Aunty Liliko'i in Waimea (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, stroll through Shipwreck Beach, hike along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Poipu online road trip planner.

You can drive from Hanalei to Poipu in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai travel guide

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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.