11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Kilauea
— 5 nights
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Poipu
— 4 nights
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Kilauea

— 5 nights
Kilauea is a small town on the northeastern shore of Kauai, one of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Explore hidden gems such as Boat Tours & Water Sports and Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Kilauea side-trips: Koke`e State Park (in Kekaha), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Waimea (Puuo Kila & Koke'e Mountains). There's still lots to do: trek along Kuilau Ridge Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Kealia Beach, relax in the rural setting at Hawaiian Organic Noni Farm, and stroll through Secret Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kilauea tour builder app.

San Jose to Kilauea is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kilauea when traveling from San Jose in September, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Kilauea

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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. Explore hidden gems such as Allerton Garden and National Tropical Botanical Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poipu: Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Polihale State Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, stroll through Shipwreck Beach, don't miss a visit to Kalalau Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Poipu trip planning site.

Drive from Kilauea to Poipu in 1.5 hours. September in Poipu sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kauai travel guide

4.5
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.