Thank you to everyone for the valuable advice and help with my previous questions. Now I got my 1st part of itinerary together and would like your suggestions. Will stay first 3 days at the Marriott Kauai in Lihue (it might change) then 8 days in Princeville and then again 1 day at Marriott prior to departure early morning. 1st part of vacation is busy with tours and 2nd (Hanalei part) is mostly beach/snorkeling.
So this is preliminary itinerary for East/South during 1st 3.5 days of our vacation:
August 6 Wed:
arrive at 2pm
pick up a car (booked)
Walmart to get water shoes
Snorkel Bob or Boss Frog to rent snorkel gear
Cafe Coco for gluten free lunch (my daughter is gluten free and I am vegetarian)
if we have time will see Opaeka falls and or Wailua Falls
Smith luai "show only" 7:30-8:45pm
Check in to hotel at 9pm
August 7 Thursday:
breakfast at Sweet Maries and to buy gluten free cookies for the next few dasy
Helicopter tour at 11am (be there at 10:45, will be done at 12)
snacks on the beach
see Spouting Horn
Allerton Garden sunset tour 4-7:30pm. Appetizers there for dinner, then fruits/snacks
Back to hotel at 8-8:30pm and sleep
August 8 Friday:
Waimea canyon tour (Roberts or Pono tour), leave as early as possible
on evening relax at the hotel pool or beach
(or less likely Hanapepe Art 6-9pm- considered it but will probably be tired by then)
August 9 Saturday:
breakfast in our room (cereal)
check out from hotel, leave luggage in the trunk
backcountry tubing adventure 9am-12pm, lunch included. My daughter is very interested in this.
?Costco to buy fruits etc. or can I buy it at Princeville.
Leave at 2pm to drive to Princeville
check in to condo in Princeville
Dinner at Postcards (gluten free)
Sunset at Hanalei Beach.
1. Should anything be added/removed/changed?
2. Where to buy gluten free cereal for breakfasts, almond milk and fruits? Does Walmart have it? Costco- I am not a member but might become one if needed?
3. will we have time will see Opaeka falls and or Wailua Falls on the day of arrival - I am ot sure about driving times/traffic etc
4. With the itinerary as above it might be better to choose different/less expensive hotel (I prefer to spend money on experiences/activities rather then on amentities) and which one?
Pros of Marriott: nice beautiful hotel very close to airport and on the nice beach. Has A/C.
Cons: cost. We will not need the restaurants at Marriott and unlikely will be on a beach tere for more than 2hours. We will stay at Marriott on the last day of our vacation and will enjoy a beach near it and a pool then to have a happy ending to this trip but for the first busy 3 days might be happy at any clean quiet place with A/C.
Considering Sheraton Poipu vs Aston islander on the beach vs Kauat Beach Resort vs ? I assume condo in Poipu is not an option for 3 nights only, plus cleaning fee, and we will not use kitchen during those 3.5 days except refrigerator and will have only few hours for the beach so ok without being beachfront. Any ideas here will be appreciated. 4 criteria for a place to stay: clean, quiet, has A/C, easy to drive to/from.