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Na Pali Coast Tours

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Na Pali Coast
With steep emerald cliffs, lush valleys, and remote cascading waterfalls, the Na Pali Coast is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful regions, and no visit to Kauai is complete without a visit to this magical coastline. There are only three ways to explore the Na Pali Coast—by air, by sea, and on foot—and each offers its own unique perspective.

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.

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.

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.
 
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.

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.
Address: State Highway 56, Lihue, Hawaii 96746, USA
Admission: Free
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Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

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Experience the wild beauty of Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali Coast on this sailing and snorkeling cruise from Port Allen. Witness the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’ the way it was meant to be seen — from the water. Get a fantastic perspective on towering emerald sea cliffs, sparkling waterfalls and remote beaches from the deck of a well-equipped catamaran, and explore the island’s vibrant underwater world during a snorkeling stop. An included buffet lunch and entertaining legends shared by the captain and crew make this an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Super Snorkel Cruise

Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Super Snorkel Cruise

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Uncover the ancient legends and dramatic landscapes of the Na Pali Coast and the  ‘Forbidden Island’ of Ni’ihau on this sailing and snorkeling adventure. Cruise alongside the towering emerald spires and remote beaches of Kauai’s breathtaking, rugged shore in a state-of-the-art catamaran, and snorkel among native marine life in the reefs just off Ni’ihau’s mysterious shores. Hear tales of Hawaiian history and mythology from the friendly crew, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

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Skip the restaurant reservation and enjoy dinner while sailing along the towering emerald cliffs and sea caves of the Na Pali Coast, Kauai’s most dramatic natural wonder. Sip cocktails, wine, or beer while listening to the captain’s legends of old Hawaii and looking for marine life splashing offshore. Rugged, roadless Na Pali is best seen from the water, so pair unbeatable views with a satisfying meal and tropical sunset on this romantic catamaran adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise

Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise

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The Na Pali coast is one of the most spectacular sights in Kauai. The best way to see it is from the water, so join this catamaran cruise for unbeatable views of lush green valleys, towering spires, jagged sea cliffs, and wildlife such as dolphins and sea turtles, as well as time for snorkeling and swimming. Includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Raft Adventure Snorkel and Explore

Raft Adventure Snorkel and Explore

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Explore the dramatic cliffs and crystalline waters of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on a half-day snorkeling adventure. Cruise along the spectacular coastline aboard a motorized raft, stopping to splash into the clear waters and snorkel among native marine life at one of Kauai’s best coral reefs. Traveling by raft allows the flexibility to navigate the rugged sea caves and waterfalls that dot the spectacular Na Pali shoreline. A deli lunch and beverages are included on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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Soar over the entire Garden Island for unforgettable views on this air tour of Kauai. From aboard an aircraft designed for sightseeing, soak up breathtaking views of natural attractions like Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls, the rugged Na Pa Coast, and Mt Waialeale — the wettest spot on earth. Your experienced pilot provides informative narration during this thrilling flight.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s ‘Garden Isle,’ take to the skies above Kauai on a helicopter tour in a new Eurocopter Eco-Star. Soar over the island’s diverse terrain, from rain-soaked Mt. Waialeale and the waterfalls of Waiapuna to the dry red ravine of Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking emerald spires of the Na Pali Coast. A two-way radio to communicate with the pilot and expansive viewing glass add to the unforgettable flight.
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  • 50 minutes
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Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise with Snorkeling

Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise with Snorkeling

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Experience dinner with a view — the breathtaking scenery of the stunning Na Pali Coast — on this 5-hour afternoon snorkel and dinner cruise. Explore the famous coastline, complete with entertaining and educational stories about the sites along the way. When conditions permit, hop into the water for a refreshing snorkel or swim. Enjoy a 3-course buffet dinner complete with beer, wine and Mai Tai cocktails. Then take in the beauty of a Kauai sunset to close a perfect evening. All snorkel gear plus instruction is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Airplane Tour in Kauai

Private Airplane Tour in Kauai

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This aerial sightseeing tour of Kauai provides unobstructed views through large windows aboard a high-wing aircraft. Spend about an hour in the air and soak up Kauai's stunning beauty from the window seat of a privately chartered plane, with commentary provided by the pilot. Along with cascading waterfalls you’ll fly above the rugged Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon.
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  • 1 hour
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Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

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See the natural wonders of Kauai from the air on this scenic helicopter flight from Lihue. Sights include Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls), Na Pali Coast State Park, the Hanalei Valley waterfalls, and more. Cruise port pickup and drop-off provided from Nawiliwili Harbor. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 55 minutes
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

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Waimea Canyon is one of the most scenic corners of Kaua’i, and with this downhill bike ride, you’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye view over the dramatic landscape as you coast down to Kekaha Beach to catch the sunset. Explore the canyon with a guide to avoid getting lost, and learn about the island’s history and lore as you take in the sweeping views over three state parks.
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  • 4 hours
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Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai

Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai

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Soar over Kauai aboard a vintage biplane for unmatched aerial views of the Garden Island. On this flight, get a bird’s-eye perspective on Kauai’s diverse topography and amazing natural attractions. Fly above the Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay, Mt Waialeale, cascading waterfalls, white sandy beaches and more while your expert pilot provides narration on the island’s history and geography.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Kauai Discovery Helicopter Tour

Kauai Discovery Helicopter Tour

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This will be an unforgettable experience like no other. See Kauai and all its beauty, soaring high in the sky in a state-of-the-art EC130 helicopter.
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  • 25 minutes
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Na Pali Kauai Snorkel Expedition

Na Pali Kauai Snorkel Expedition

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Discover Kauai’s stunning Na Pali Coast on this 5-hour rafting and snorkeling adventure. Cruise alongside towering sea cliffs and emerald valleys aboard a motorized raft, which allows the flexibility to dart in and out of sea caves and under waterfalls. Explore the archaeological site of a 12th-century Hawaiian fishing village and splash into clear, warm waters to snorkel among tropical fish and reef formations.
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  • 5 hours
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Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour

Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour

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Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is home to some of the wettest places on earth. Take a helicopter tour over the island’s lush, yet rugged landscape, including locations featured in feature films such as "Jurassic Park". Fly over Waimea Canyon—which Mark Twain dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—the Bali Hai Cliffs, the North Shore, Mount Makana, and more on this fantastic aerial island tour.
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  • 50 minutes
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Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise

Deluxe Napali Dinner Cruise

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The Na Pali Coast is one of the world's most spectacular coastlines. And one of the best ways to see it is with this sunset dinner cruise. As the sun sets, glide past the jagged peaks and emerald valleys from aboard a luxury catamaran while savoring a 3-course dinner of fresh Hawaiian favorites.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Kauai and Napali Exploration & Snorkeling Activity

Half-Day Kauai and Napali Exploration & Snorkeling Activity

Join Holo Holo as we voyage beyond the Napali Coast to more beautiful areas along Kauai's North Shore. Our Napali Exploration is the only boat tour departing out of Hanalei that will explore beyond the Napali Coast to unique locations like Queen's bath, Secrets Beach, Anini Beach and Kilauea Lighthouse (ocean and weather permitting). Enjoy 5.5 hours on the water, with more time for photo stops, snorkeling & exploring the majestic sea caves, waterfalls and landscape of the Napali Coast. Keep an eye out, as we frequently see Spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, flying fish & other marine life on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. A continental breakfast, lunch, snorkel gear and dry bags are included, so you can relax and create perfect memories for your Kauai vacation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Express Napali Dinner Cruise

Express Napali Dinner Cruise

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This tour is perfect for anyone determined to see the Napali Coast. This boat was designed to get you out there in comfort and back in style. Get ready for some dolphin encounters, magnificent peaks and valleys, waterfalls, sea caves and more. Our USCG licensed captain will be narrating the tour as our friendly crew will be serving you to your seats. This boat has full shade to protect you from the harsh Hawaiian sun and thick padded seats to ensure your comfort throughout the adventure. Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert. Beer and wine are available starting in 2020.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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