Cruise the Napali CoastKaua‘i
The majestic Napali Coast on Kaua‘i’s northwest shore is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Pacific. This 6,175-acre state park is inaccessible to vehicles, only allowing foot traffic. From the ocean, though, there are a number of options to take in the famous scenery. These options include booking a snorkel cruise, taking a ride on a powered ocean raft, or paddling a kayak.
Slicing through the swells along this 15-mile stretch of rugged coastline affords an awesome view of the 4,000-foot cliffs, or pali. Beyond are wide stretches of golden-sand beach, deep, jungle valleys and mysterious sea caves.
Hanakapi‘ai and Kalalau beaches are well-known Napali Coast destinations. National Geographic Traveler has called Kalalau Beach one of America’s Top 40 beaches. Honopu, with its famous arch, and Nu‘alolo Kai and Miloli‘i,with their fringing reefs, are also well storied.
Nu‘alolo Kai, an ancient fishing village, is a popular snorkeling destination. Tour boat operators land here for snorkeling and archaeological tours.
Honopu Valley, distinguished by its 90-foot arch, is sometimes called the Valley of the Lost Tribe because of the mystery surrounding the exodus of the people who lived there until the mid-19th century. In 1922, visiting archaeologists found several skulls thought to be primitive, pre-Hawaiian people.
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• Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures (808) 335-6833
• Captain Na Pali Adventures (808) 338-9818
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• Holo Holo Charters (808) 335-0815
• Kauai Sea Tours (808) 826-7254
• Na Pali Explorer (808) 338-9999
• Na Pali Riders (808) 742-6331