12 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

12 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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12 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Wainiha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Eleele
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Wailuku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kipahulu
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h
End: New York City


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1
night
Wainiha

Wainiha ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnels Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wainiha travel itinerary planner .

New York City to Wainiha is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Wainiha is minus 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Eleele.

Things to do in Wainiha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei, Tunnels Beach
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

2
nights
Eleele

Eleele is a census-designated place on the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States, with the ZIP code of 96705. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Poipu Beach Park, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, and then take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Eleele trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wainiha to Eleele in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wailuku.

Things to do in Eleele

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Poipu, Waimea Canyon State Park, Helicopter Tours
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Helicopter Tours
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

4
nights
Wailuku

Wailuku ©
Wailuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Wailuku: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kihei), Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Ka'anapali Beach, & more) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and stroll through Ho'okipa Beach Park.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Eleele to Wailuku in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kipahulu.

Things to do in Wailuku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Helicopter Tours, Wailea Beach
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Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

2
nights
Kipahulu

Kipahulu ©
On the 28th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pipiwai Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Laura Mango Art Gallery, and then contemplate the geological forces at Haleakala Crater.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kipahulu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Wailuku to Kipahulu takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kipahulu are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kipahulu

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Laura Mango Art Gallery
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

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