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Kauai: First Trip Help Please

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Aloha! We are a couple in our late 60s visiting Kauai for the first time. We will be there for 6 days in mid-October and will be staying at a hotel in Lihue. In general, we want to see and do things that are unique to Kauai and things that we can't do in the northeastern U.S. From our research, that includes Waimea Canyon from the air and by car, the North Shore/ Napali Coast by car (and possibly from the water). We're not avid hikers, but would be fine with short hikes that are not too taxing. I will definitely want to play golf one day (9 holes would be fine) on a course with views of the Pacific. Don't need a fancy course; I play at a public course at home.

By way of further background, we definitely would like to swim, but I am a very poor swimmer. so we need a beach/beaches with calm water and no big drop-off depth-wise.Along those lines, we loved Kapalua beach on Maui. We also enjoy snorkeling in shallow, calm water, if possible. We'd also be interested in a tropical garden/wildlife refuge. One last water problem is that I am very susceptible to seasickness. This all probably sounds worse than it is. I love being on the water; I just have to literally choose my spots.

Any suggestions as to what we might be able to see/do in 6 days? Here are my more specific questions:

1. Can we comfortably fit in all 4 sections of Kauai in 6 days? If not, which section might we omit, given our must see places?

2. From Lihue, is there a sequence that makes sense as far as to when to go where?

3. With regard to an air tour, I had been thinking about helicopters, but saw some excellent reviews of airplane tours by Wings Over Hawaii or Air ventures. Has anyone done both types of air tours? If so, which did you prefer? If only helicopter, which company do you recommend?

4. Are there any boat tours of the Napoli Coast where I'm not likely to get seasick?

5. Can you recommend a calm water beach that also has decent snorkeling?

6. Are there good boat tours to other parts of the island where seasickness would not be an issue?

7. Can we go round-trip from Lihue to the North Shore in one day before it gets dark (assuming an 8:00 start)?

Thank you very much for your help.


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