12 days in Kauai Itinerary

12 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai visit planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Poipu
— 7 nights
Drive
2
Kilauea
— 3 nights
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Poipu — 7 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kalalau Lookout and Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Canyon Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poipu: Waimea (Aloha 'n Paradise Espresso Bar, Polihale State Park, &more), Seductions of Kauai Gallery (in Lihue) and Na Pali Makai (in Kekaha).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Poipu travel route planner.

Newark to Poipu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Poipu, with lows around 73°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kilauea.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips

Kilauea — 3 nights

Kilauea is a small town on the northeastern shore of Kauai, one of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Escape the urban bustle at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Ho'opi'i Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kuilau Ridge Trail and Awa'awapuhi Trail Parking. Explore Kilauea's surroundings by going to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea (Koke'e Mountains & Puuo Kila) and Koke`e State Park (in Kekaha). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalihiwai Beach, kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Hanalei Valley Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kilauea day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Poipu to Kilauea takes 1.5 hours. July in Kilauea sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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.