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Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Free admission
State Highway 56, Lihue, Hawaii, 96746

The Basics

For the most comprehensive view of the Na Pali Coast, take a helicopter or flightseeing tour from Lihue or Princeville that will take you over top sights like Waimea Canyon and the Manawaiopuna Falls. For a closer look, opt for a guided kayaking trip along the dramatic Na Pali cliffs or choose a boat tour that includes a snorkeling or sailing adventure or a sunset dinner cruises.You can also hike the Kalalau Trail, which traverses 11 miles (17 kilometers) and provides access to remote beaches and hidden sea caves.

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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
$229.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very good exp, whales, dolphins, ..
The captain was amazing and got us to see whales and dolphins! The crew was super friendly and nice! The catamaran is in good condition. If sea sick, get some ginger pills.
Marc_P, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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Never too old for an adventure!!
Cathy_P, Aug 2021
RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
What a fun trip!! The guides were so much fun, very safety conscious but adventurous! We went into a couple of caves on the NaPali Coast, jumped waves, stopped and played with a pod of dolphins! It was my 61st birthday and I was the oldest one on the raft by 20 years! They asked several times if I was okay. Taking care of the geriatric passenger lol. Highly recommended!!
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Awesome adventure
Theresa_L, Jul 2021
RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
Our captain, Ian and crewmate, Landon were great. They were friendly and fun but also very professional, knowledgeable and safety-conscious. The Napali coast and caves were breathtaking and the water was such a beautiful blue. It was awesome to see the dolphins and our captain had a great music play list! Aside from being a little sea sick when the raft wasn’t moving, I would highly recommend. Thank you, Ian and Landon
star-5
Outstanding crew
Navin_T, Jan 2022
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
Sea was choppy when we went. But the experience was amazing. Napali coast views are just simply the amazing. And the crew of the Lucky Lady was the absolute best, in terms of everything. Outstanding service and so friendly and helpful.
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A great day at Na Pali!
Melissa_B, Dec 2021
Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour
A great day up the Na Pali Coast with Holo Holo! The crew, Keenan, James and Heather kept us all relaxed and well cared for while Captain found us whales, dolphins and Manta Rays as well as Sea Turtles and loads of fish when we snorkeled. The ride was bumpy due to the winter swell, but that was to be expected and we were well warned about it. Overall a great tour, with lots of room on the catamaran. Will come back again!
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Great time
Joseph_M, Dec 2021
Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail
Had a great time with knowledgeable staff, really fun time would recommend to anyone who wants to see NaPali coast
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Whales, rainbows and up...
Gary_O, Jan 2022
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour
Whales, rainbows and up close views of the Napali coast. Doesn’t get any better. Crew was excellent and handled all passengers with care. As the captain said it’s an adventure so don’t expect a sunday rowboat ride. If there is any doubt as to your on eater experience take motion pills first. We had 8-10 foot swells at some points but I would say most of ride was smooth.
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Great trip!
Amanda_O, Jan 2022
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
We loved this tour! The Napali coast has such beautiful scenery and the crew on the Lucky Lady were great. Captain James was the best :)
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Epic
John_P, Jan 2022
Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
Staff was super fun and made the experience amazing. Saw tons of whales and dolphins. The Na Pali coast was breathtaking. A must see!
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Fun tour!
Nath_S, Jan 2022
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
Great crew and great tour. Na Pali Coast was a little hazy and we did not spend much time there but they made up for it by looking for whales and we saw about 8 whales or more. There were swells and the trip was a little rocky a times but the captain did a great job keeping us safe. The snorkel part of it was not the best given the recent storm but it wads great experience overall.
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Scenic views of the Na...
Richard_H, Jan 2022
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour
Scenic views of the Na Pali coast while crew explained the historical significance of this area. The crew put forth extra effort to make sure we enjoyed the trip and to keep us safe when we moved around the boat when the sea was rough. We saw many whales. Although most were at a distance, a couple got up close and personal.
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Amazing ride down the beautiful Napali Coast making lasting memories
Madelyn_B, Jul 2021
Na Pali Snorkel Adventure
What a memorable experience! Seeing the dolphins and turtle and the beautiful Napali coastline. Tour guides we amazing and very friendly
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Great!!!
maria_g, Dec 2021
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
What a pleasant excursion!!! The staff was friendly and concerned with our safety. The snorkeling was amazing and I felt very safe since we had a spotter on a surfboard. The lunch was filling.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Na Pali Coast is a must-visit for first time visitors to Kauai.

  • Bring a rain jacket for boat and kayak tours and for hikes as it rains often on the Na Pali Coast.

  • Permits are required to hike the Kalalau Trail.

  • Some helicopter and boat tours are wheelchair accessible; inquire in advance.

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How to Get There

The Na Pali Coast stretches for 16 miles (26 kilometers) along Kauai’s northwest shore. No roads lead into the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, and much of the coast is inaccessible due its extremely rugged terrain and sheer cliffs. To reach the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail, follow highway 560 to the end of the road, just past Ha’ena State Park.

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When to Get There

Kauai’s weather is stable all year round, which makes it an excellent destination anytime of the year. The best time to hike the Kalalau Trail is during the dry season, which lasts from May through October. Winter is whale watching season, making it a great time for boat tours.

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Hiking the Kalalau (Na Pali Coast) Trail

The Na Pali coastline is only accessible by foot via the Kalalau Trail. Backpackers typically take 3 days or more to make this incredibly scenic 22-mile (34-kilometer) round-trip journey. The trail traverses steep cliffs, requires several river crossings, and is very strenuous in spots. Day hikers can venture to Hanakapi’ai Falls, but permits are required to hike past the falls, even if you don’t plan to camp.

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