9 days in Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

9 days in Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

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9 days in Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Poipu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hanalei
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Menehune Fishpond, enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Kalalau Lookout, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Prince Kuhio Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Poipu day trip planner .

San Francisco to Poipu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Poipu due to the time zone difference. In October, Poipu is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Ninini Point Lighthouse, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

1
night
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 4th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hanalei vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Poipu to Hanalei takes 1.5 hours. October in Hanalei sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

4
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
USS Arizona Memorial and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, take some stellar pictures from Puu Ualakaa State Park, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Honolulu in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Sunset Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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