11 days in Kauai, Maui & Oahu Itinerary

11 days in Kauai, Maui & Oahu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii visit planner

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Hanalei
— 2 nights
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Poipu
— 1 night
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Lahaina
— 2 nights
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Honolulu
— 5 nights
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Hanalei

— 2 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Limahuli Garden and Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then hike along Kalalau Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hanalei holiday tool.

Newark to Hanalei is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newark to Hanalei due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in March, with highs in Hanalei at 78°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Poipu

— 1 night
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Poipu route planner.

You can drive from Hanalei to Poipu in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Lahaina

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Wailea Beach Path, kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III, then kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park II, and finally look for gifts at Maui's World Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Poipu to Lahaina takes 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Honolulu

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lanikai Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Koko Crater Railway Trail and Kapiolani Regional Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu online day trip planner.

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 4 hours. In March in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.