9 days in Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Kauai Itinerary

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9 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  10​h
1
Kilauea
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Poipu
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Kilauea

Kilauea is a small town on the northeastern shore of Kauai, one of the eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Lydgate State Park. Go for a jaunt from Kilauea to Hanalei to see Limahuli Garden and Preserve about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, have some family-friendly fun at Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens, and get great views at Hanalei Valley Lookout.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kilauea online tour planner .

Denver to Kilauea is an approximately 10-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Denver in November: high temperatures in Kilauea hover around 81°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Kilauea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei, Kauai, Lydgate State Park, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge ©
Hanalei Pier ©
Hanalei Pier

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. Explore hidden gems such as Allerton Garden and Polihale State Park. Step out of Poipu to go to Waimea and see Waimea Canyon State Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, view the masterpieces at Tabora Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Poipu route site .

Getting from Kilauea to Poipu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lihue, Waimea, St. Raphael Church
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Allerton Garden ©
Allerton Garden
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

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