12 days in Kauai Itinerary

12 days in Kauai Itinerary

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12 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Hanalei
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Poipu
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Palm Springs

5
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Hanalei Beach and Hanalei Bay. Shop till you drop at Banana Joe's Fruitstand and Princeville Center. Explore Hanalei's surroundings by going to Kealia Farm Market (in Kealia), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Kapaa (Kauai's Hindu Monastery & Kadavul Hindu Temple). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, kick back and relax at Anini Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and hike along Kalalau Trail.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Hanalei trip planner .

Palm Springs to Hanalei is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in October, you will find days in Hanalei are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (74°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Kapaa, Princeville Center, Banana Joe's Fruitstand, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

6
nights
Poipu

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Head to Poipu Shopping Village and Seductions of Kauai Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poipu: Ninini Point Lighthouse (in Lihue) and Kapaa (Kayaking & Canoeing & Coconut Marketplace). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Kalalau Lookout, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Raphael Church, take an in-depth tour of Kauai Museum, and explore the activities along Menehune Fishpond.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Poipu trip planner .

You can drive from Hanalei to Poipu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lihue, Kapaa, Kauai, Koloa
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

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