Dolphins swim beside you, a whale breaches in the distance, and a rainbow arches over the deep blue Pacific waters. Exploring the famed Na Pali coast by boat is an experience you will never forget. With 4,000-foot green cliffs dropping vertically into the sea below, the rugged 16 miles of coastline on Kauai’s northwest shore are inaccessible by vehicle. To see this amazing stretch of coast, your only Kauai activities options are hiking the difficult 11-mile Kalalau Trail, viewing it from above in a helicopter, or getting up close and personal via boat tour.
Na Pali Makai Tour Details
Hopping aboard one of Na Pali Makai’sboat tours will allow you to view the beauty of both land and sea. Watch the sun turn the cliffs varying shades of green as tropical birds soar above and throughout the lush Kalalau Valley. Observe spinner dolphins, ranging from 1.8 to 2.1 meters in length, play alongside the Te Moana. Explore sea caves that are only accessible by boat. Snorkel and swim at one of Kauai’s best reefs, Makua Bay, also only accessible by boat. Your guide will provide all of your snorkel gear and instructions for delving into the underwater world alongside tropical fish and honu (sea turtles). Refuel aboard the boat with a lunch of sandwiches, chips, fruit, juice, and bottled water. From the months of December to April, you can sail among migrating families of humpback whales and capture them breaching and slapping their tails. Tours run Monday through Saturday. Whether you choose a private or shared tour, your experience will be personalized with a family-feel, as there is a limit of 6 guests per tour. Check in time is at 9:00 am.
You will be in good hands on this Kauai activities with owner and guide, Makai, who has over 25 years of experience on the Na Pali coast. Born and raised on a 60-foot sailboat which spent most summers in Hanalei Bay, he truly is a man of the water and will be able to provide excellent knowledge of both the creatures you will encounter and Kauai’s rich cultural history.
Tours leave from Kikiaola Harbor in the west coast town of Kekaha. Driving west along Highway 50, turn left at Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor.
Staying at one of our south shore vacation rentals such as Kahala, Makahuena, or Poipu Shores will give you a great location for enjoying some of Kauai’s best beaches, as well as giving you close proximity for a tour with Na Pali Makai. Please contact us at 800-215-9880 or firstname.lastname@example.org or find more information by browsing our website today!
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