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Napali Coast Tours

Kauai's Na Pali Coast Tours are among the most spectacular, picturesque and unique tours and activities to be found anywhere in Hawaii.


Though we tend to think of the tours offered on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai as being primarily Snorkeling boats and snorkeling rafts that visit the area, in all actuality, Helicopter Flights that tour Na Pali, Kayak Tours that cruise the coastline, fishing trips that search for big game along the Na Pali Coast and Hiking Tours that walk the sheer cliffs of the Na Pali Coastline should of course all be considered on the list of Kauai's Na Pali Coast tours.


The list of Na Pali Coast tours at that point would be way too large in scope for our purposes here so please be aware that although we will only be discussing the Snorkel and Sailing Tours that are available on Kauai's Na Pali Coastline there are many others as well that will see this remarkable coastline in different ways and can be found on our site in their respective categories.


Aside from appreciating the sheer beauty of Kauai's Na Pali Coastline when you see it an understanding of a small amount of the Na Pali's past, topography and geology are important in getting a full appreciation and richer understanding of this magical and amazing place.


The Napali Coast is isolated from the rest of Kauai by its tremendous and almost impassible cliffs which descend thousands of feet from the mountains above directly into the ocean.


This coastline is believed to have been the original home of the first Hawaiians arriving on Kauai. Although the environment with its steep cliffs and often harsh ocean conditions may seem inhospitable, it actually provided very nourishing living conditions.


There was plenty of fresh water, the valleys were lush with abundant fruit and plant life which also allowed for a certain degree of cultivation and the ocean waters provided ample quantities of fresh fish and marine life.


Small villages were established and thousands of Hawaiians were known to have lived back up in these beautiful valleys.


The extremely beautiful and isolated Na Pali Coast of Kauai was thought to have been inhabited by thousands of Hawaiians in the "pre-contact" days prior to the discovery of Hawaii by Captain Cook.


The valleys along the shoreline were well protected with the only access being via water or strenuous foot trails.


These valleys were also very fertile with abundant rivers and flowing waterfalls and had a plentiful supply of fish off the coast.


Taro became a staple crop for these inhabitants along with sweet potatoes and breadfruit.


The Na Pali Coast was actually a central location in those days inviting commerce between the regions of Hanalei, Waimea and the small island of Niihau as well as the much smaller islands of the Hawaiian archipelago located to the north of Kauai.


Extensive stone walled flat terracing can still be found on the valley floors where Hawaiians once lived and harvested their taro and these rock walls and terraces can be seen on some of the Na Pali Coast tours we offer.


The Na Pali Coast cliffs consist of a robust tapestry of deep and narrow valleys ending abruptly at the sea. Geologically speaking, this type of valley is referred to as a "hanging valley".


Instead of the valley continuing onward along the seafloor out to sea it ends abruptly at the sea shore where the constant and vigorous wave action carves the valley floor away at cliff's edge.


Waterfalls and raging streams continue to this day to cut these narrow valleys.


There are a vast array of boats that ply the waters off the Napali coast to witness nature's spectacle from the perspective of the ocean, to Snorkel the beautiful waters and to experience the numerous dolphins and whales (in season) along the way.


Our "fleet" varies from large and stable power driven vessels to sail boats to zodiac rafts.


The majority of boats will depart from Port Allen or Waimea areas. Trips also vary with the time of year.


Here is a selection of some of the types of tour boats you may expect to see on one of our tours to Kauai's Na Pali Coast:



  • Taking a boat tour to see and Snorkel Kauai's spectacular Na Pali Coast is one of the "must do" activities on Kauai. You won't see anything like this anywhere else in the world.

  • The most personalized and most adventurous of any of the tours we offer to see Na Pali are the rafts.

  • They often get right inside the caves along the coast and that in itself is worth the price of admission.

  • Summer is the most opportune time to visit the Na Pali Coast as the sea conditions are usually much milder.

  • The winter time brings in the northern swells and often makes the waters along the Na Pali coastline very treacherous and impossible to negotiate, however some winter days can be excellent as well.

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$147.00
(7 Reviews, 4.4 Stars)

The hospitality of the captain and crew on this Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tour is every bit as comforting as the stable ride guests encounter on this sea worthy ocean sailing catamaran. Expect dolphins, turtles…

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$200.00
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Be one of the lucky few who have had the privilege of experiencing the crystal clear waters off the forbidden island of Niihau. This tour is similar to the NaPali trip but after going to NaPali they set…

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$75.00

Choose this South Shore Sunset tour to have a couple hours to see sights of the South side of Kauai and enjoy great appetizers too. This cruise includes a great assortment of tasty Pupu's "appetizers"…

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$129.00
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Travel in a speedy raft to view the NaPali Coastline, explore sea caves and view valleys, waterfalls and the majestic cliffs from a closer perspective then you could on the larger boats. Guests enjoy a…

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$145.90
(9 Reviews, 4.6 Stars)

Start your morning with a beautiful cruise along the NaPali Coast and snorkel. Explore Kauai's rugged NaPali Coast where you'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless…

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$163.90
(6 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Start your morning with a beautiful cruise along the Na Pali Coast, where you'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless lava tubes. Enjoy the history and legends of the ancient…

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$169.90
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Take 6 hours to explore Kauai's rugged NaPali Coast up close with spectacular entry into sea caves when ocean conditions permit. Going out on a raft offers an amazing view of sea life, waterfalls and 3,000…

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$154.90

Take 6 hours to explore Kauai's rugged NaPali Coast up close with spectacular entry into sea caves when ocean conditions permit. Going out on a raft offers an amazing view of sea life, waterfalls and 3,000…

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$136.90

Explore Kauai's rugged NaPali Coast up close with spectacular entry into sea caves (ocean conditions permitting). Rafts offer an amazing view of sea life, waterfalls and 3,000 foot cliffs and pinnacles.…

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$194.90
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This trip will not only show you the towering sea cliffs of the NaPali Coast but will also take you across the channel to the forbidden island of Ni'ihau. This is one of the few boats with the speed…

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$142.90

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(4 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

This wonderful excursion to the NaPali Coast on board the Leila will sail you to pristine snorkel sights. Along the way, you will see waterfalls, sea caves, shear cliffs, and marine life sightings. Our…

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$113.90

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This romantic dinner sunset sail is about 4.5 hours in length for you to enjoy sailing, a beautiful Hawaiian sunset and dinner. Available June-August only.

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$182.90
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Tour Kauai's Na Pali Coast aboard a high speed raft departing from Hanalei Bay. Your adventure begins when they shuttle you by dingy to the Ocean Adventurer which is anchored just offshore. There,…

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$161.90

This afternoon 3 hour sightseeing tour along the NaPali Coast is breathtaking. The rugged terrain of the coast is unforgettable. HoloHolo offers two tours daily one at 12:30 pm, the other at 1:00 pm. Tour…

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$136.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

6+ hour ultimate adventure tour explores the nooks and crannies of NaPali in all of its majesty! Travel under the waterfalls and into sea caves (conditions permitting). Encounter playful dolphins, sea…

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$102.90

This tour offers a 4 hour sightseeing adventure along Kauai's spectacular coast. Morning tour available year round and Spring through Fall offers an afternoon tour where light enhances the beauty of the…

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$133.90

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(6 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Enjoy a 5 hour morning adventure to the NaPali coast on an exciting sailing catamaran. This tour teems swimming, a chance to snorkel, great food and hearing about the history and legends of the area together…

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$114.90
(5 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Five hours of your breathtaking adventure explores the nooks and crannies of NaPali in all of its majesty! Discover lush valleys and majestic cliffs. Explore sea caves and waterfalls. Encounter playful…

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$102.90

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Experience an amazing 4 hour cruise along Kauai's spectacular coast with a 3 course dinner and a romantic Hawaiian sunset. As the afternoon light brings special magic to NaPali hear the history and legends…

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$133.90

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(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Imagine 5 hours to enjoy the sea on this deluxe afternoon snorkel and dinner cruise. Sunset is a magical time and towards the end of your tour the scenery will show off it's color palette. Listen while…

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$226.90
(2 Reviews, 4 Stars)

This seasonal Summer tour is a strenuous journey and about a 13-14 hour day. Approximately 5 to 6 hours (17 miles) of intermittent paddling, surf launching and landings are often the norm on this tour.…

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$126.90
(3 Reviews, 4.3 Stars)

Five hour snorkel and sightseeing trip along the Na Pali Coast. This catamaran can go into some of the larger sea caves if ocean conditions permit.

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$126.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Five hour trip along the Napali Coast with snorkeling and whale watching in season. This catamaran can go into some of the larger sea caves if ocean conditions permit.

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$179.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Travel down the historic Na Pali Coast for 1.5 hours of narration and picture taking. Learn about the history of the Na Pali cliffs and see dolphins and flying fish. You may also see goats on the cliff…

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$133.90

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Explore the southern side of Kauai for this Two Stop Snorkel near a protected reef where crystal clear waters teem with fish, coral formations and other marine life. Explorer II is the larger of the rafts…

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$151.90

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This Na Pali snorkel expedition is only available in the summer months enabling you to explore the entire Na Pali Coast up close and personal. The Na Pali Explorer 1 has a wide body design, making it…

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$133.90

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This tour experience brags views of the Na Pali Coastline, secluded beaches and marine life. Spend 4 to 4.5 hours on the Na Pali Explorer II, a large raft that features a smooth, comfortable yet adventuresome…

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$159.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Encounter dolphins, turtles, whales (when in season) and more. You will always remember the sight of dolphins swimming right in front of you. We limit our capacity to 6 guests per tour, so you can be sure…

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$137.90

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Experience the entire 17 mile NaPali Coast (ocean conditions permitting). View dramatic lava cliffs, towering spires, remote beaches, ancient sea caves and go snorkeling. You also will encounter Bottlenose…

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NaPali Catamarans

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NaPali Catamarans is one of the very few vessels permitted to depart from the nearby town of Hanalei to visit the spectacular NaPali Coastline on Kauai. Arriving at the coastline just a few minutes after departure the 34' power catamaran carrying a maximum of 14 passengers is small enough to be able to actually enter many of the caves along the Napali Coast.
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NaPali Makai

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The comfortable 24'power catamaran operated by Na Pali Makai Charters offers one of the most personalized tours available of the Napali Coastline. Carrying a maximum of only 6 passengers you will have the luxury of asking all the questions you'd like and receiving all the personal attention. Tours can be customized and tailored to your desires and the experienced Captain will have many suggestions.
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NaPali Riders

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Departing from their location in Waimea the Na Pali Riders takes a maximum of 36 passengers on its large zodiac rafts to experience the full 17 mile Na Pali Coastline. Not only do they view the coastline and snorkel but they are one of the few boats to visit and snorkel in the area of the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. In addition, viewing dolphins and whales from one of these speedy vessels is half the fun.
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Holo-Holo Charters

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Holo Holo Charters offers a variety of boat tours on Kauai on large, powerful and stable catamarans. Tours include beautiful snorkel and dolphin watch excursions to the NaPali Coastline, raft tours of NaPali during the summer months, dinner sunset cruises, whale watching and tours to the forbidden island of Niihau.
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NaPali Explorer

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Boasting two very fast and maneuverable rigid hull inflatables, Napali Explorer provides adventurous boats that are ideal for the conditions that can be found along the Napali Coast. The small groups taken on these tours make them very personalized and these boats are perfect for exploring the numerous caves and sheer cliff formations that make the Napali Coast so famous.
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Kauai Sea Tours

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Kauai Sea Tours is a large charter boat company that offers tours off the coast of Kauai and particularly the NaPali Coast with its beautiful 'signature' boat , Lucky Lady. In addition it also provides romantic dinner cruises and whale watches and also has a fleet of specially designed raft boats which are great for exploring caves, snorkeling and racing dolphins.
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Captain Andy's Expedition

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Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures for years has offered tours to see the spectacular NaPali Coastline of Kauai. Sailing large and luxurious Gold Coast Yacht Sailing Catamarans, Captain Andy's will take you snorkeling and dolphin watching as well as provide romantic dinner and sunset cruises. In addition you can enjoy rafting adventures to the NaPali Coast.
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Blue Dolphin Charters

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Blue Dolphin Charters offers spectacular motor sailing cruises to the NaPali Coast of Kauai and to the 'forbidden island' of Niihau. In addition Blue Dolphin also offers whale watches, snorkeling, snuba, dinner cruises, sunset sails and rafting excursions. All emphasis is placed upon customer comfort and its large boats each maintain large walk-in restrooms, fresh water showers and plenty of deck space.
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Liko Kauai Cruises

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Liko Kauai Cruises offers morning and afternoon boat tours to the beautiful NaPali coastline. This 49 passenger vessel is specifically designed for the waters surrounding this coastline and every effort was made to make this ocean experience a comfortable and enjoyable one. Captain 'Liko' himself is a descendant of full Hawaiians from Kauai and Niihau and his trips reflect and educate about the culture of Hawaii.
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Kayak Kauai

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Kayak Kauai Outbound is one of the original kayak and adventure companies found on Kauai and specializes in kayaking, hiking and surfing. The owners and originators of the company are the Cuban born brothers Micco and Chino Godinez.
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So if you're going to visit Kauai, you simply have to find a way to get to the Napali coastline.

It is really one of the magic places on the planet. It's a wonder of the world, if you will. It is certainly one of the most dramatic sightseeing locations you could possibly imagine. It's only located on the island of Kauai. As you can see, actually, let's do this, let me just show you where it is on the island. So, here's Kauai. We have the north shore and the south shore. This coastline, this kind of flat area here, is where you find this expansive, 11 miles or so of beach that's called the Napali Coast. It's on the north shoreline, so that means it is a place that is in the wintertime, it is pummeled by waves that come through, and wind. That's when we have our really strong surf.

That's partially, those factors are what's responsible for making that coastline the way it is, that coastline just crushing in underneath, pounding away at the bottom of it, and then causing it to loose its anchor below and the soil above it falls and ends up in these giant cliffs that you have coming down. Then the rain, extreme rain, and extreme wind that we have, make it just kind of wear away a road the surface area of those cliffs into these ridges, really narrow ridges, that go straight down on either side and also create these spires and so on that you see, with lots of just foliage and waterfalls that come off the top. Down below we've got these incredible, idyllic white sand beaches that are there, and sea caves that are just kind of carved into the rocks, arches and little land bridges that happen all over the place over there. So it's very beautiful.

Oftentimes, these cliffs are thousands of feet, so you'll actually, from the ocean, maybe looking up you'll be able to see them ascend in through a layer of clouds, if that's what's happening that day. So it's a really kind of magical spot, the place where gods would live. It is one of the most beautiful places that you could find anywhere in the world.

This is a place you should make your way to some point while you're in Kauai. That can be done by visiting it from the Air, we have Helicopter Tours and we have Fixed-wing Aircraft, and you can see on our site discussions about those ways to see it. The only other way, really, is to see it by the sea, because there's no roadways. The road stops at this end, goes in a big circle, it stops here, there's no way you can make a road on that cliff. The only other way to see it is by sea. So that means taking a boat in. Primarily when we talk about, and certainly in this section, when we talk about visiting the Napali Coastline, we're talking about seeing it via a boat. We have a number of different trips that go in there. You could take dinner cruises that we have in there, and you can go by on a whale watch or Fishing Charters that go through there and see that coastline. But generally speaking, the major way to get in there to see it and to enjoy it is to do one of the day trips we have that include Snorkeling, and take you out to the Napali Coast.

The vast majority of these are going to be leaving from down her at Port Allen, and then working their way up the coast, up to Napali. These are going to be in the five, five and a half hour time period, something like that. You'll be cruising up, on the way up, one of the delightful things that happens is that you see dolphins, generally. Dolphins are big on Kauai, you seem to see them every time you go out. They're fun to watch, they kind of race you, and they spin out there and jump and cavort and they're just really great pals to have on the way up to Napali. When you get up to Napali, you're going to cruise that area so you can see it from your boat. You'll be taking pictures. Good thing we don't use film anymore, you'd run out of film. It is so beautiful. Then on most of these you're going to have an opportunity to actually get into the water and do some Snorkeling along that area.

We have a number of different boats that go, different types of boats that go, depending on what you have in mind, what's comfortable for you. Many, many people like the larger, little bit more comfortable boats that are kind of maybe a double deck catamaran. Maybe a Sailboat, so you can make use of maybe doing some sailing at some point up and down the coast, during the day, or just motorized catamarans, which cruise up there as well. Or you might want to have one of the smaller boats. We have smaller catamarans, but then we also have the zodiac type boats, or the [rems 00:06:21] that are very, very fast and maneuverable, and when we ... actually when you get up there and you get out to where the caves are and that coastline, on those smaller boats you have a better opportunity to actually go inside the caves, and how ...

On the bigger boats, during the summer, which is the only time we have those, generally the only time, the major time we have them, let's put it that way, some of those bigger boats can get up really close to the caves, and sometimes kind of get their nose in a little bit on a nice day, but the smaller boats really just go in, and so you've got that kind of action. But that's not a boat for everyone, they're fast, and they kind of zoom along the surface. For some people it maybe a little bit more of a burden on their back, so it wouldn't be appropriate. It's a little bit more of an adventurous or younger type person usually that would choose those, but they're very, very exciting, very cool.

But any way you get up to the Napali Coast is going to be something fantastic to see. This is something you should be doing while you're on Kauai. The Napali Coastline, don't forget it. It's the place to go.

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