11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai route builder

Make it your trip
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Kilauea
— 6 nights
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Poipu
— 3 nights
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Kilauea

— 6 nights
Kilauea is a small town on the northeastern shore of Kauai, one of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilauea: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Photography Tours (in Kapaa). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach, admire the natural beauty at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, hike along Kalalau Trail, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kilauea travel route builder website.

San Jose to Kilauea is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Jose to Kilauea due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in September since evenings lows in Kilauea dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Kilauea

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu

— 3 nights
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Take a break from Poipu with a short trip to Waimea Canyon State Park in Waimea, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, and steep yourself in history at Prince Kuhio Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Poipu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilauea to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.