Rugged, remote, and relatively inaccessible, Kaua‘i’s famed Na Pali Coast dazzles the imagination with its sheer impossibility. Sea cliffs (“pali”) over 4,000-feet high plummet in sheer vertical drops to the sea, streaked in vibrant colors of red, yellow, and green. They are neatly cleaved by narrow valleys carved by eons of rain, countless waterfalls, and scouring waterways. At the far western end of the cliffs lies the enchanting Kalalau Valley, accessible only by a treacherous 11-mile hike or by sea. Fortunately, if a grueling hike is not in the cards for you, you can still enjoy this beautiful coastline by sea, either from just offshore aboard a romantic catamaran cruise or on a daring up-close visit to the sea caves and hidden snorkel spots aboard a rigid-hulled zodiac with one of the many Napali Coast tours in Kauai.
Napali Coast Tours with Snorkel Adventures
For the thrill seekers, join one of the Napali Coast tours that travels at seemingly-impossible speeds as you whip across the waves and takes you right up to the face of the cliffs, exploring lava tubes, open-air caverns, and sea caves aboard powerful inflatable rafts. Depending on conditions, you can snorkel at secret coral gardens or explore the caves for yourself, frolicking with sea turtles, native reef fish, and curious denizens of the deep. Alternatively, you can opt for a North Shore Snorkel Adventure which lets you snorkel at Nualolo Kai, a protected reef that abounds with colorful fish, curious eels, and even the occasional spotted eagle ray. Equipment plus snacks and beverages is included.
Sunset Dinner Cruises
With a host of tour operators on island, you are sure to find a sunset dinner cruise along the scenic Na Pali Coast that suits your style. Choose from state-of-the-art modern catamarans or smaller, more intimate vessels that only take 12 guests per tour. These Napali Coast tours in Kauai offer stunning late-afternoon cruises along the craggy pinnacles of the Na Pali Coast, perfect for the photo opportunities of a lifetime. As the sun dips low and your guides regale you with songs and legends of the island, you will enjoy refreshing cocktails and a delicious multi-course gourmet meat or scrumptious island-themed buffet aboard your vessel. Some cruises even make land at the secluded Kalalau Beach, allowing you to have a picnic in this gorgeous valley that time forgot. For the more adventurous, you can even opt for a sunset dinner cruise with a snorkel stop along the way.
The Na Pali Coast is a natural world wonder, and not to be missed during your visit to Kaua‘i. Experience it in its full grandeur with one of these memorable Napali Coast tours.