8 days in Kauai Itinerary

8 days in Kauai Itinerary

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8 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Hanalei
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Poipu
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kids will enjoy Hanalei Beach and Tunnels Beach. Step out of Hanalei to go to Waimea and see Waimea Canyon State Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls.

Plan my day in Hanalei using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

San Francisco to Hanalei is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Hanalei is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hanalei: highs are around 86°F and lows about 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Waimea Canyon State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
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Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Anini Beach ©
Anini Beach

4
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. Family-friendly places like Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poipu: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa) and Wailua Falls (in Lihue). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Pond Beach Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Poipu road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Hanalei to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Poipu are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Kauai, Salt Pond Beach Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

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