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Kauai Itineraries

Planning a trip to Kauai? Our experienced travel editors break down the town so you can make the most of your stay. Let these itineraries be your guide, whether you're here for a weekend or a whole week.
  • Day 1
  • 1 Get a quick orientation and history lesson at the Kauai Museum.
  • 2 Lunch and pina coladas or microbrews at Duke’s.
  • 3 Grab a surf lesson from the Kauai Beach Boys at the stand at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club fronting Kalapaki Bay in Nawiliwili
  • 4 Enjoy a delectable dinner and wine pairing at Kauai Pasta in Lihu’e before calling it a day.
  • Day 2
  • 1 Grab an oversized breakfast at Olympic Cafe.
  • 2 Kayak the Wailua River with Wailua Kayak and Canoe to Uluwehi Falls.  (Lunch is provided).
  • 3 Spend the rest of the afternoon at Lydgate Beach Park.
  • 4 Enjoy taking your best shot at being a locovore at Hukilau Lanai.
  • 5 Stroll the beach and then over to Trees for an after dinner cocktails and music.
  • Day 3
  • 1 Grab a late brunch at the Hanalei Gourmet before a day of hiking and scenery.
  • 2 Hike the Kalalau trail (closed during winter months due to surf) two miles in to Hanakapi’ai Beach.  For more adventure, head up the valley to the 200-foot waterfall.
  • 3 Hike back out with a well-earned swim at Ke’e Beach.
  • 4 Stop for a hearty apres-hike Tiki-Man pizza and stiff drinks at the Tahiti Nui.
  • Day 4
  • 1 Grab a satiating breakfast and hit up the bloody Mary bar at Olympic Cafe.
  • 2 Walk the bike path at Kealia Beach Park in Kapa’a.
  • 3 Head a bit further north to sample the best burger on island: the “local girl” or “local boy” at the unassuming Duane’s Ono Char Burger.
  • 4 Head even further north and grab some groceries at Princeville Foodland (4280 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville) for a picnic dinner at Hanalei Bay and watch the sun set behind Makana.
  • Day 5
  • 1 Breakfast at Grove Cafe.
  • 2 Load up on water and snacks at a local Japanese grocery store along Kaumualii Highway.
  • 3 Rent mountain bikes and trek out the sandy road to Polihale Beach Park.
  • 4 Peruse the Hanapepe town art galleries for Art Night fronting Talk Story Bookstore.
  • Day 6
  • 1 Snorkel Po’ipu beach park.
  • 2 Enjoy an early, exquisite dinner of fresh fish at Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill in Po’ipu.


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