23 days in Kauai Itinerary

23 days in Kauai Itinerary

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23 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Princeville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Poipu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hanalei
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Haena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hanapepe
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Wailua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Waimea
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Princeville

Princeville ©
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. Queen's Bath has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Anini Beach and Secret Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), putt your heart out at Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Princeville travel route builder app .

Seattle to Princeville is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Princeville, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get warmer in Princeville: highs are around 84°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Princeville

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kilauea, Kauai
Highlights from your plan
Queen's Bath ©
Queen's Bath
Anini Beach ©
Anini Beach

3
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tree Tunnel as well as Na Pali Experience. Get outdoors at Waimea Canyon State Park and Shipwreck Beach. Visit Poipu Beach Park and Polihale State Park for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach, stop by Hilo Hattie, and get engrossed in the history at Koloa History Center.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Poipu trip planner .

You can drive from Princeville to Poipu in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Poipu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Waimea, Tree Tunnel, Na Pali Experience, Koloa History Center
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

4
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hanakoa Falls as well as Wailua Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Hanalei Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Relax by the water at Tunnels Beach and Hanalei Bay. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, stop by Hanalei Farmer’s Market, identify plant and animal life at Kalalau Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Hanalei Valley Lookout.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hanalei travel route planner .

Seattle to Hanalei is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Hanalei is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect Hanalei to be warmer, temps between 84°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Haena.

Things to do in Hanalei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

2
nights
Haena

Haena ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hanakapiai Falls. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ke'e Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanakapi`ai Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Hāʻena State Park, don't miss a visit to Kalalau Lookout, and then hike along Nu'alolo Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Haena road trip site .

Haena is just a stone's throw from Hanalei. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hanapepe.

Things to do in Haena

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kauai
Highlights from your plan
Hanakapiai Falls ©
Hanakapiai Falls
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Kalalau Lookout ©
Kalalau Lookout

2
nights
Hanapepe

Hanapepe is a census-designated place in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls) as well as Salt Pond Beach Park. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls), then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Swinging Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Pond Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanapepe journey planning site .

You can drive from Wailua to Hanapepe in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Hanapepe can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanapepe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kauai Coffee Company, Glass Beach
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company
Swinging Bridge ©
Swinging Bridge

2
nights
Wailua

Wailua ©
Wailua is a census-designated place in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sleeping Giant Trail as well as Opaekaa Falls. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll through Sleeping Giant Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Hanamaulu Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Keahua Arboretum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Fern Grotto, and finally admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls. On the next day, walk around Lydgate State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Wailua River State Park, then Head underground at Wet and Dry Caves, Kauai, and finally kick back and relax at Wailua Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wailua trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Haena to Wailua takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hanapepe.

Things to do in Wailua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kauai, Sleeping Giant Trail
Highlights from your plan
Opaekaa Falls ©
Opaekaa Falls
Wailua River State Park ©
Wailua River State Park
Fern Grotto ©
Fern Grotto

3
nights
Waimea

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Liko Kauai Cruises. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Canyon Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Waimea: Kekaha (Kokee Natural History Museum, Koke`e State Park, & more).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waimea sightseeing tool .

Drive from Wailua to Waimea in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kekaha
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Liko Kauai Cruises ©
Liko Kauai Cruises
Koke`e State Park ©
Koke`e State Park

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