5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

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  • Location:Kauai, Hawaii
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Napali and Ni'ihau 'The Forbidden Island' Kauai Snorkel Cruise

On this exciting Kauai snorkeling tour, discover the majesty of the Na Pali Coast and snorkel along the ‘Forbidden Island’ of Ni'ihau. Cruise past towering cliffs and lush valleys aboard a deluxe catamaran, and splash into the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific to swim with marine life such as tropical fish and sea turtles. Continental breakfast and deli-style lunch are included on the 7-hour tour. 

Highlights

  • Snorkel cruise and sightseeing adventure along the Napali coast of Kauai
  • Relaxing catamaran cruise
  • Snorkeling off Forbidden Island, Ni'hau
  • Diverse tropical marine life
  • Beautiful views of Kauai's lush valleys, waterfalls and sea caves
  • Continental breakfast
  • Deli-style lunch and refreshments
  • Snorkel instruction and equipment provided

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What You Can Expect

Napali and Ni'ihau 'The Forbidden Island' Kauai Snorkel Cruise

Na Pali Coast Kauai snorkeling

Spend a day immersed in spectacular scenery, Hawaiian legend and tropical marine life on this exciting Na Pali snorkel tour. Meet your captain and crew at Port Allen Marina Center, and climb aboard a deluxe 65-foot (20-meter), motorized catamaran. Get comfortable on your choice of sundecks, an inside cabin, or open-air trampolines on deck.

Enjoy continental breakfast as you cruise alongside jagged cliffs that scrape the sky at heights of up to 3,000 feet (915 meters). Cruise by remote beaches, sea caves and waterfalls while learning about the unique geology and history of the landscape. Look out for traveling marine life including spinner dolphins and migrating humpback whales (December through April only).

Cross an open ocean channel and head toward Ni'ihau, known as the Forbidden Island of Hawaii. Admire the island close up as your guide shares the history and legends of this captivating place, which is accessible by land only to members of a secretive community. The reefs near Ni'ihau are home to some of the best snorkeling of Kauai. Splash into the calm, clear waters to explore ancient coral formations and an abundance of tropical fish. 

Refuel with a gourmet deli lunch onboard the catamaran, then relax on the scenic ride back to Port Allen.

Customer Reviews

Fred M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great time, saw lots of whales, dolphins, and even a sea turtle. Tip, leave kids at the report, noticed most the kids were bored until snorkeling.

JSCarterCRNA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was a great day trip. The 7-hour day trip starts out early (630 a.m. from Port Allen, near Hanepepe), but you begin with a continental breakfast, followed by beautiful views of Kaua'i as you head across the channel to Ni'ihau (The Forbidden Island). Once anchored off the coast, the snorkelling is excellent. There is a vast array of colourful fish, caves to swim into, and honu (sea turtles) gracefully gliding past as you snorkel. After snorkelling, a quick trip back across the channel takes you along the breathtaking NaPali coast. Drinks and lunch are provided before the return trip to Port Allen.

Captain Wendell and his crew (Zena, Jay and Kama) were great. They introduced themselves and asked about where we were visiting from, kept checking in to make sure we didn't need any more food or drinks, and answered our questions about the island and some of the things we saw. Captain Wendell did a great job narrating the snorkel cruise, and Zena spent time telling us some of the places the locals like to visit. Definitely worth it!

PS: If you get motion sickness, take some dramamine BEFORE hopping on board. You don't want to have your head in a bucket and miss these gorgeous sites!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Anyone who visits Kauai must attend this message excursion. The beauty of the landscape cannot be captured in pictures and its a Must See trip.

Suzanne Saville S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Ship's captain and crew made sure every one had a good time. Even with the rough December weather we had a spectacular view of the Napali coast. I highly recommend this trip.

John V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Had a great time! Crew was wonderful and informative. Would love to go again.

Jessica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great trip! The crew was professional and we enjoyed the lunch. Some of the best snorkeling I've ever done!

Shawn Marie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The crew was awesome! They made the trip very entertaining. We loved the boat, the trip and the service! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND! :-)

Johanna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really enjoyed the catamaran and the crew. Captain Wallen was very helpful and we felt the crew was very considerate for the passengers. We had a blast swimming, riding around the island. The crew was a lot of fun to talk to and even give us local advice on restaurants! Thank so much to everyone

john p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great trip and snorkling..

Patricia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was AWESOME!!! The crew on the boat were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The boat was clean and well maintained and the food was fantastic. We saw turtles, seal, dolphin and GORGEOUS fish as well as breathtaking scenery. Would HIGHLY recommend this tour!!

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