One of the best ways to see Kaua‘i’s majestic coastline, lush jungle valleys, and rugged sea cliffs is from the sea. From the waterfalls of the stunning northern coastline to searching for whales on the sunny southern shores, a wide selection of boat tours on the gentle blue waters of the Pacific Ocean is the perfect day adventure for you and your family and friends. Thanks to an incredible selection of friendly, licensed tour operators, you can choose from snorkel tours, sightseeing adventures, dinner cruises, and even a trip to the Forbidden Island of Ni‘ihau with one of the many Kauai boat tours.
The Na Pali Coast
The main attraction for boat tours in Kauai Hawaii, it is hard to fathom the rugged and near-inaccessibility of these sheer sea cliffs when you see them from the water. Up until the 1920’s, native Hawaiians still lived in the isolated Kalalau Valley – the far western reach of this incredible coastline – despite it being only accessible by an 11-mile hike or periodically by sea (when the waves were not too severe). Sailing past the razor sharp ridges and attempting to gain a glimpse into the deep and mysterious valleys riddled with waterfalls and covered in lush tropical forests, you almost feel like an explorer from outer space. Whether you hop aboard a high-tech 60’+ catamaran from Captain Andy’s or Holo Holo Boat Tours, or opt for a more spirited ride in a small inflatable from North Shore Charters, Kauai boat tours is one of the absolute best ways to view the world famous North Shore of Kaua‘i. Cruises leave from Port Allen and last a few hours, during which time you can enjoy sightings of dolphins, whales, and green sea turtles while you enjoy light refreshments and learn the stories and history of this beautiful island.
If you prefer adventure above and below the surface, don’t miss the scintillating snorkel tours from Blue Dolphin Charters (other vendors offer similar packages). Hop aboard a ridged-hull 25’ raft, then power your way through the waves as you school with dolphins and investigate the sea caves along the Na Pali Coast. Your captain will steer you to the best snorkeling spots around so you can spend your time making new friends with tropical reef fish and inquisitive honu, the Hawaiian green sea turtle.
Dinner and Sunset Cruises
Most operators for Kauai boat tours also feature a selection of sunset cruises along Kaua‘i’s south shore as well as the Na Pali Coast. Gourmands and foodies can opt for an exclusive dinner cruise and enjoy multi-course meals on the high seas. Enjoy the stunning Kaua‘i mountains as a lush backdrop while you sip on refreshing cocktails, delicious wines, and cold local beers that are the perfect complement to light pupus and a delicious meal accompanied with tropical breezes and live music.
With numerous operators for boat tours in Kauai Hawaii to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect boat tour for you, from deep seas fishing to scenic tours of Kaua‘i’s rugged coast to romantic sunset dinner cruises. Anchors aweigh!