9 days in Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Kauai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kauai trip itinerary planner

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Poipu
— 4 nights
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Hanalei
— 4 nights
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Poipu

— 4 nights
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 Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Shipwreck Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Allerton Garden and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Poipu side-trips: Kapaa (Sleeping Giant Trail & Kauai Path) and Waimea (Canyon Trail & Polihale State Park). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Makawehi Bluff, take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Koloa Rum Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalapaki Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Poipu road trip website.

Vancouver, Canada to Poipu is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Poipu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in April: high temperatures in Poipu hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Hanalei

— 4 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Queen's Bath and Ke'e Beach. Visit Anini Beach and Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Secret Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Bay, and admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanalei vacation planner.

Drive from Poipu to Hanalei in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kauai travel guide

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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.