16 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

16 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii itinerary planner

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Kekaha
— 1 day
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Kapaa
— 5 nights
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Lahaina
— 7 nights
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Haleakala National Park
— 3 nights
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Kekaha

— 1 day
Kekaha is a census-designated place in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 25th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Na Pali Makai and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kekaha trip planner.

Seattle to Kekaha is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Kekaha is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in August; daily highs in Kekaha reach 86°F and lows reach 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kapaa.

Things to do in Kekaha

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Kapaa

— 5 nights
Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Explore Kapaa's surroundings by going to Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Limahuli Garden and Preserve), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Polihale State Park). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach, stroll through Anini Beach, and admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kapaa online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kekaha to Kapaa takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kapaa can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kapaa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lahaina

— 7 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Helicopter Tours (in Kahului), Wailea (Wailea Beach, Makena Beach, &more) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, stroll through Napili Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina attractions planner.

You can fly from Kapaa to Lahaina in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park

— 3 nights

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Charles Lindbergh's Grave, explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huialoha Church, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Haleakala Crater.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Haleakala National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Lahaina to Haleakala National Park takes 2 hours. In September in Haleakala National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 72°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kauai travel guide

4.5
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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
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.