12 days in Kauai Itinerary

12 days in Kauai Itinerary

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12 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Oakland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Hanalei
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Kilauea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Poipu
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Lihue
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Oakland

1
night
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 24th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Na Pali Coast State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hanalei trip tool .

Oakland to Hanalei is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Oakland to Hanalei, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Oakland in May, with highs in Hanalei at 82°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilauea.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Na Pali Coast State Park, Tunnels Beach
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

2
nights
Kilauea

Kilauea ©
Kilauea is a small town on the northeastern shore of Kauai, one of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Kilauea Lighthouse has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), get outside with Kilauea Lighthouse and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kauai's Hindu Monastery, trek along Kauai Path, and then kick back and relax at Anini Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kilauea driving holiday planner .

Kilauea is just a short distance from Hanalei. In May in Kilauea, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Kilauea

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kauai, Kapaa, Kamokila Hawaiian Vllage
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Anini Beach ©
Anini Beach
Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens ©
Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
Kilauea Lighthouse ©
Kilauea Lighthouse

5
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. Visit Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilohana and Menehune Fishpond. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Ninini Point Lighthouse (in Lihue). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, explore and take pictures at Prince Kuhio Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kalalau Lookout, and examine the collection at Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Poipu trip planner .

Drive from Hanalei to Poipu in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Poipu can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lihue, Koloa, Kauai, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Wailua Falls has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Kauai Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kilohana, sample the fine beverages at Koloa Rum Company, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapaki Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lihue online vacation planner .

Lihue is very close to Poipu. In June, daytime highs in Lihue are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Opaekaa Falls, Kauai Path
Highlights from your plan
Kilohana ©
Kilohana
Helicopter Tours
Kalapaki Beach ©
Kalapaki Beach

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