11 days in Maui, Kauai & Oahu Itinerary

11 days in Maui, Kauai & Oahu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii route planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 4 nights


Lahaina — 3 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Napili Beach and Kapalua Beach. Get some cultural insight at Whalers Village Museum and Lahaina Jodo Mission. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Honolua Bay, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lahaina journey builder tool.

Adelaide, Australia to Lahaina is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -19.5 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in August: high temperatures in Lahaina hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kapaa.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Side Trips

Kapaa — 3 nights

Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Get outdoors at Poipu Beach Park and Kalalau Trail. We've included these beaches for you: Hanalei Beach and Tunnels Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kapaa side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Koloa), Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls and stop by Garden Isle Bath & Body Natural Skincare.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kapaa road trip planning website.

Getting from Lahaina to Kapaa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kapaa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Honolulu.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips

Honolulu — 4 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get in touch with nature at Lanikai Beach and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kapaa to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Maui travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.

Kauai travel guide

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.

Oahu travel guide

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.