11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

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11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Lihue
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Haena
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Phoenix

7
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore hidden gems such as Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Shipwreck Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilohana and Kauai's Hindu Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Salt Pond Beach Park (in Hanapepe), Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (in Kilauea) and Waimea (Canyon Trail & Polihale State Park). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Kauai Museum, explore the striking landscape at Makawehi Bluff, kick back and relax at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), and enjoy the sea views from Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lihue itinerary planner.

Phoenix to Lihue is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in November, Lihue is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Haena.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Kapaa, Kauai, Hanalei, Waimea
Highlights from your plan
Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site ©
Makawehi Bluff ©
Makawehi Bluff
Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park

3
nights
Haena

Haena ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Ke'e Beach, then stroll through Tunnels Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kalalau Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Kokee Natural History Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Koke`e State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hanakapiai Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Haena day trip website .

You can drive from Lihue to Haena in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Haena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kauai, Kekaha
Highlights from your plan
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Hanalei Bay ©
Hanalei Bay

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