8 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

8 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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Fly to Lihue, Taxi to Poipu
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Poipu
— 2 nights
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Hanalei
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wailea
— 3 nights
Fly

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Poipu

— 2 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Kauai ATV. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shipwreck Beach and Polihale State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Kekaha (about 44 minutes away).

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Poipu trip itinerary maker site.

Dallas to Poipu is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Poipu, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei

— 2 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), then take some stellar pictures from Hanalei Valley Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Hanalei Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ke'e Beach, then stroll through Na Pali Coast State Park, and then kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hanalei journey builder website.

You can drive from Poipu to Hanalei in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Wailea.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Wailea

— 3 nights
Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. On the 7th (Wed), glide peacefully along the water with Paddle On! Maui, kick back and relax at Makena Beach, and then stroll through Wailea Beach Path. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ulua Beach, and then kick back and relax at Keawakapu Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Wailea road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hanalei to Wailea takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wailea are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Wailea

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.