What can I say, I am in love with Kauai!!! After a few days in California with my brother & SIL, the 4 of us including my DH (who uses a travel scooter) flew to Kauai from LAX. We got our rental car & did a little drive by sightseeing through Lihue & Poipu. We stopped at the Spouting Horn just before we checked in at the Sheraton. Our room was on the Garden side of the resort, it was updated, had great ADA features, and a partial ocean view. After settling in we had a great dinner at Rum Fire & watched our 1st of many beautiful sunsets.
The next day we tried to arrange a sunset cruise to the Na Pali Coast. Unfortunately we were told by a few tour boat companies my DH could not get on the boat with the scooter & would have to be carried on. He was not comfortable with that type of arrangement, so we went to Waimea Canyon instead. We all loved the canyon & thought is was spectacular and so colorful. There is an accessible ramp to the lookout which is a little steep, but the scooter got up just fine. We even met a man who made his way up the ramp to the lookout on crutches! We stopped at Kauai Island Brewing Company for a late lunch. As we neared the Sheraton we saw signs for a Gourmet Farmer's Market at the Kukui'ula Shopping Village. There were farm stands, food vendors, & live music. What an unexpected pleasure, so much fun!
Our third day we did some resting and relaxing at the pool. Breakfast was at Joe's by the Green and we did stop in Koloa Town to pick up some binoculars. This is a cute town & there are a lot of great shops, but many of the stores are not accessible. Now that we had our binoculars we spent quality whale watching time from our lounge chairs by the pool. We had another great dinner at Rum Fire & spent some time chatting with many friendly folks around the fire pit.
Day four we were off to the North Shore. Our first stop was at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge & Lighthouse. Don't forget to bring your National Parks Pass if you have one. Loved the lighthouse, all of the wildlife, birds, and the guides were very informative. It was so cool to have the Albatross flying over head & seeing the Red Footed Boobies. The refuge area was a little hilly, but again my DH & his scooter were able to get around fine. After a drive through the Princeville area we stopped in picturesque Hanalei. We had lunch at the Hanalei Gourmet, which has an accessible ramp in the back. This is another cute town & DH was able to get into most stores. Our last stop was at Ke'e Beach where the lifeguards were telling people to stay out of the ocean & off the wet sand because of the high surf. I got a laugh when I saw the sign "If you want to snorkel, go to Poipu Beach". On the way back to Poipu we stopped at the very accessible Opaeka'a Falls. That evening we walked over to Plantaton Gardens for dinner.
The next few days were spent at the beach or pool and we saw many more whales. We did drive into Lihue for souvenirs and Koloa to mail stuff home. One day we ate lunch at Keoli's Paradise & one day lunch was poolside at Lava's. The last night's dinner was at the Beach House & we definately saved the best for last. Great Place! Our final morning was spent packing up, walking around the beautiful Sheraton's grounds & dipping our toes in the ocean one last time. I actually got choked up & tears formed in my eyes as I said good bye to the valet. Of course it started to rain! One last stop at Bubba's Burgers & then off to the airport. We were all happy with the South Shore/Poipu area, we found we could walk to many restaurants and shops. The beaches in this area are excellent too. Kauai is a great place for the outdoor adventurer, but for us non-adventurer types Kauai is perfect too. Thank you to all of the DE's for the information you post on this forum.