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Niihau Coast Tours on Kauai

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Known as the "Forbidden Island" and located at the north-west end of the island chain, Niihau is part of Kauai County. The entire island is privately-owned and cannot be visited without express invitation from one of the 160 inhabitants.

All though there are few tours associated with the island of Niihau, the ones that are provide some of the most interesting and beautiful cross sections of marine life to occur anywhere in Hawaii. In order to fully appreciate any part of what you may see of Niihau from your snorkel or dive boat you should be a bit aware of some of the mystery and aurora surrounding the island and its inhabitants.

  • Niihau is the smallest island of the seven major islands in the Hawaiian chain is located 18 miles off the coast of Kauai and stretches to 23 miles long and 3 to 6 miles in width. It is a very low lying island raising to a height of only 500 ft and as such draws very little water from passing clouds. Whereas neighboring Kauai has the wettest spot on earth with a rainfall of 420 inches a year the lower Niihau only averages about 12 inches a year.

  • Because of the near drought conditions which have always existed on Niihau it has never been able to sustain a huge population and its population today stands at about 160. The island has been privately owned since the mid eighteen hundreds and almost all of the inhabitants are 100% Hawaiian. Children are raised on the island to speak fluent Hawaiian and in many ways the island of Niihau remains the most Hawaiian island of all.

  • The Robinson family are decedents of Elizabeth Sinclair, who purchased the island from King Kamehameha V in 1864. The Robinson family owns the island and run a cattle ranch and employ the majority of the population. Hawaiian is still spoken as the primary language and there is no electrical or plumbing infrastructure, the inhabitants preferring to live in the traditional Hawaiian manner.

  • During WWII, a Japanese pilot ditched his plane on Niihau after attacking Pearl Harbor and took the village of Pu'uwai hostage until the occupants captured him in what is now called the "Battle of Pu'uwai."

While there are no hotels or amenities of any kind, the residents do allow snorkeling and diving along Niihau's coasts. Only a few tours make the significant 18 mile journey over the ocean to visit the coastline of the island of Niihau and its sister island of Lehua. Being so far away and having so few boats come out to see Niihau's splendors it's waters have remained as pure and pristine as they were centuries ago. The few tours that take you to Niihau do some of the following:

  • A couple of the boats we have that visit Niihau first tour the Na Pali Coast of Kauai in what turns out to be a full and complete snorkel trip to both islands. These tours usually visit the underwater caldera of Lehua which is one of the most pristine snorkel locations in the state and one of the most rewarding in a geological sense. Lehua is very similar to the island of Molokini off the coast of Maui and they both compromise two of the three such caldera formations in the world.

  • Diving tours (although they are shown in our Kauai Diving category) are also permitted off the coasts of Niihau and are a prized tour in the menu of options available with Kauai's dive companies.

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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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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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