11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

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11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Poipu
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kapaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Hanalei
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Poipu

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Poipu Beach Park and Makawehi Bluff. Visiting Shipwreck Beach and Kalapaki Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poipu: Waimea (Polihale State Park & Aunty Liliko'i). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, revel in the low prices at Original Red Dirt Shirts, take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, and snap pictures at Swinging Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poipu day trip planner .

Dallas to Poipu is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Poipu, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, you will find days in Poipu are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kapaa.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea, Lihue, Kauai, Swinging Bridge, Original Red Dirt Shirts
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

2
nights
Kapaa

Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Kayaking & Canoeing has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kauai Path, then take some stellar pictures from Sleeping Giant Trail, and then kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kapaa trip planner .

You can drive from Poipu to Kapaa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kapaa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kalapaki Beach, Opaekaa Falls
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kalapaki Beach ©
Kalapaki Beach

4
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Visiting Hanalei Beach and Tunnels Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park, hike along Kalalau Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Ke'e Beach, and cruise along Hanalei Valley Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanalei trip planner.

Drive from Kapaa to Hanalei in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Hanalei are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Ke'e Beach
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

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