Poipu is the ideal location for your Kauai visit. The roads on Kauai are unique in that they do not go completely around the island. The area in the Northwest, near the Na Pali Coast, does not have any roads. This means that to see the sights at either end of the road, you have to travel all the way out and back -- there is no way to do a loop. And because there are great things to see at both ends of the road, being situated in the middle is ideal. Wiamea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", is very close to Poipu.
Most tour helicopters and many tour boats leave from the South Shore are near Poipu. These tours visit Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, or other destinations around the island. Poipu's proximity to these South Shore departure points means more flexibility in your trip planning.
Poipu Makai is within walking distance of Poipu Beach, named "America's Best Beach" by Dr. Beach in 2001. Shipwrecks Beach (shown) is also within walking distance, as is the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
There is no restaurant with a better view than Poipu Makai A-3, however if you feel like eating out there are several restaurants within walking distance and many within a very short drive. The best option may be to get take-out and eat it on your lanai.
There are two golf courses very close to Poipu Makai. Poipu Bay Golf Course and Kiahuna Golf Club are each within a 5-minute drive. There are another eight courses located on Kauai.
Snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle boarding are all close by. Sea turtles -- Honu -- are frequently seen when snorkeling or right from the lanai. The world-famous Margo Oberg Surf School
is within walking distance.