11 days in Kauai Itinerary

11 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai travel planner

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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Secret Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kalihiwai Beach and Hanalei Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kilauea side-trips: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea (Puuo Kila & Koke'e Mountains) and Koke`e State Park (in Kekaha). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, cruise along Hanalei Valley Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kilauea travel route planner.

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 · Wildlife

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. Explore hidden gems such as Allerton Garden and Makawehi Bluff. Relax by the water at Poipu Beach Park and Baby Beach. Go for a jaunt from Poipu to Waimea to see Polihale State Park about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site, and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Poipu visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Kilauea to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. September in Poipu sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.