9 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

9 days in Kauai & Maui Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii trip itinerary planner

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Lihue
— 3 nights
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Lahaina
— 4 nights
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Lihue

— 3 nights
Lihue or LÄ«hue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Venture out of the city with trips to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, learn more about the world around you at Kauai Museum, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lihue journey planner.

New York City to Lihue is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get warmer in Lihue: highs are around 81°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Makawao (Wisdom Flow Yoga & Maui Veterans Cemetery). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trips

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

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
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.