9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h
1
Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Hanalei, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 49 Black Sand Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Waikoloa with an excursion to Sulphur Banks in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Waipi'o Valley, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get great views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and stroll through Anaehoomalu.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Waikoloa online itinerary planner .

San Francisco to Waikoloa is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Waikoloa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get a bit warmer in Waikoloa: highs are around 87°F and lows about 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Waialea Beach, Sulphur Banks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, contemplate the long history of Kilohana, and then kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Koloa Rum Company and then take an in-depth tour of Kauai Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Waikoloa to Lihue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Spouting Horn
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Kalapaki Beach ©
Kalapaki Beach
Kauai Museum ©
Kauai Museum
Kilohana ©
Kilohana

3
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanalei Valley Lookout and Wai`oli Hui`ia Church. Step out of Hanalei with an excursion to Koke'e Mountains in Waimea--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Hanalei Beach, and look for gifts at Hanalei Farmer’s Market.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Hanalei visit planner .

Traveling by car from Lihue to Hanalei takes an hour. In August in Hanalei, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koke'e Mountains, Koke`e State Park
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Hanalei Valley Lookout ©
Hanalei Valley Lookout
Koke`e State Park ©
Koke`e State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

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