|* These activities have all expressed that they have experience with differently-abled travelers and are willing to do what they can to accommodate you. Since every person is different you should definitely contact them with your unique situation.|
- Both have taken disabled passengers. You would need to have some help getting up into the plane which is about 3' off the ground. Both pilots offered to assist & the other passengers might be able to help but you should bring your own help to be safe.
Wings Over Kauai - www.wingsoverkauai.com
AirVentures Hawaii - www.airventureshawaii.com
Kauai ATV - www.kauaiatv.com
- Disabled person can ride as a passenger, they do have experience with paraplegics.
Kipu Ranch Adventures – www.kiputours.com
- They have fully automatic ATV's that a disabled person could ride. Person must be able to get on and off ATV and be fully capable of driving by themselves. Otherwise they can ride as a passenger on the ATV or Rhino.
May 2010: Just went on this tour and it was a good one. Got to see a lot of beautiful country and had a fun time riding an ATV. Remember to bring a bungee to hold your legs in tight against the gas tank. One of the guides packed my wheelchair in the Rhino he was driving, and got it out each time we stopped. Mostly easy riding, only a few moderate hill sections. Out in the country, so use facilities before you get there. Was low key so if you needed to stop for anything, there wouldn't be a problem. 4+hrs
Captain Andy's Sailing Adventure - www.napali.com
- Can't take your own chair, you have to sit in a boat seat and the bathroom is down 3 stairs.
North Shore Charters - kauainorthshorecharters.com
- Rigid Hull Inflatable boat where you would have to sit on the bench seat in the back of the boat, no bathroom.
Liko Kauai Cruises - liko-kauai.com
- Powered catamaran where you have to sit in the boat seat, no wheelchair. Would need help to the restroom. They have a smaller boat that could fit a wheelchair but was told that it's in a spot that gets a lot of spray.
- the following companies all have experience with less-abled swimmers
Aquatic Adventures - www.aascuba.com/pages/disabled.htm
Seasport Divers – www.seasportdivers.com
Watersports Adventures - www.jsrsys.com/scuba/index.html
Kai Bear Sportfishing Charters – www.kaibear.com
Anini Fishing Charters & Na Pali Tours – napaliseabreezetours.com
Captain Don's Sportfishing - www.captaindonsfishing.com
Na Pali Sport Fishing – www.napalisportfishing.com
Hana Pa'a Sportfishing Charters - www.fishkauai.com
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - www.bluehawaiian.com
Departs from Lihue
Safari Helicopters - www.safarihelicopters.com
Departs from Lihue
Sunshine Helicopters – www.sunshinehelicopters.com
Departs from Lihue or Princeville, wheelchair lift in Lihue
Jack Harter Helicopters - www.helicopters-kauai.com
Departs from Lihue
Island Helicopters - www.islandhelicopters.com
Departs from Lihue
Inter-island Helicopters - www.interislandhelicopters.com
Departs from Hanapepe
Silver Falls Ranch - www.silverfallsranch.com
- Have had slightly disabled riders but person has to be able to get on horse off a mounting block and be able to balance and hold on. They have special equipment or training.
Healing Horses Kauai- http://www.healinghorseskauai.com/
Kayak Kauai – www.kayakkauai.com
- They are right on the Hanalei river and there is a ramp down to the dock which makes it easy to get in the boats. There is also a ramp to get to the actual business where you pay. Your best option since you don't have to haul the kayak anywhere and the rest are tours involve hiking or the open ocean.
Skydive Kauai - skydivekawaii.com
- Have experience taking people with different disabilities and it's done on a case by case basis. Call them with your specific situation to make sure that they can accommodate you. I got to do this and it was amazing! You get a 20 minute plane ride over beautiful Kauai and the most scenic freefall ever. They were very professional, my guide was very disabled experienced and friendly.
KORE Kauai - www.korekauai.com
This is a group of amazing people that volunteer their time to come out and put on a beach day for disabled persons.
I have done this many times and it is fantastic. They have a ton of different equipment to get you in the water and on a surfboard. They are very safety consious and have firemen, physical therapists, doctors and nurses helping out. They provide lunch, live music and an all around beautiful day at the beach.
Both public pools have a disabled chair lift for getting in and out of pool, accessible restrooms and they are FREE!
Waimea Swimming Pool: Located in back of the Waimea Theater in Waimea Town
Tuesday thru Friday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 4:30 pm
Kapaa Swimming Pool: Located on the north end of Kapaa Town, on the ocean side 808-822-3842
Tuesday thru Friday: 7:30 am - 3 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 4:30 pm
Princeville Health Club & Spa
$20 for a day pass which includes use of lap pool (has a disabled lift), workout room, classes, sauna and steam room.
Birds in Paradise – www.birdsinparadise.com
I got to do this once and it was a ton of fun. I liked it better than the helicopter ride because there was nothing surrounding you and it was much more quiet and intimate. My pilot was professional and very experienced in both flying and taking disabled passengers.WHALE WATCHING
Whales vacation near Kauai from December or January to March or April. There are lots of spots, especially from a boat, that one might experience a whale sighting. There is one spot that stands out to me personally because it's where I've seen the most whales from. It is along the East Shore near Kealia Beach (MAP). If you drive just a few hundred yards south of Kealia before you get into Kapaa there is a spot where the road sits above the water and gets very close to it. There are also some pullouts and it makes a great viewing spot. Bring the binoculars!