9 days in Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Kauai Itinerary

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9 days in Kauai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Hanalei
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Poipu
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Hanalei

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), then cruise along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, and finally kick back and relax at Hanalei Bay.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanalei trip planner .

San Francisco to Hanalei is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Hanalei hover around 82°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), Waimea Canyon State Park, Ke'e Beach
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Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) ©

6
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. Get in touch with nature at Canyon Trail and Kauai Path. Visit Kalapaki Beach and Makawehi Bluff for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Kapaa (Sleeping Giant Trail & Photography Tours). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Kalalau Lookout.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Poipu trip planner .

Drive from Hanalei to Poipu in 1.5 hours. May in Poipu sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapaa, Lihue, Kauai, Salt Pond Beach Park, Canyon Trail
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Makawehi Bluff ©
Makawehi Bluff
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Kalalau Lookout ©
Kalalau Lookout

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