Beautiful mountain formations on Na Pali Coast, Kauai
Beautiful mountain formations on Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Na Pali Coast

Free admission
Kapa'a, Kauai, Hawaii, 96746

The basics

For the most comprehensive view of the Na Pali Coast, take a helicopter or flightseeing tour from Lihue or Princeville that takes you over top sights like Waimea Canyon and the Manawaiopuna Falls.

For a closer look, opt for a guided kayaking trip along the dramatic Na Pali cliffs or choose a boat tour that includes a snorkeling or sailing adventure or a sunset dinner cruise. You can also hike the Kalalau Trail, which traverses 11 miles (17 kilometers) and provides access to remote beaches and hidden sea caves.

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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
$276.76 per adult
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My husband and I had a fabulous day! Captain Kelly and her crew were very knowledgeable, engaging, friendly, and attentive to everyone's needs the entire trip. The views were absolutely beautiful. We saw lots of dolphins and some whales! Breakfast and lunch were great. We would recommend this adventure to anyone visiting Kaui!
Rhonda_H, Feb 2024

Things to know before you go

  • The Na Pali Coast is a must-visit for first time visitors to Kauai.

  • Bring a rain jacket for boat and kayak tours and for hikes as it rains often on the Na Pali Coast.

  • Permits are required to hike the Kalalau Trail.

  • Some helicopter and boat tours are wheelchair accessible; inquire in advance.

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How to get there

The Na Pali Coast stretches for 16 miles (26 kilometers) along Kauai’s northwest shore. No roads lead into the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, and much of the coast is inaccessible due its extremely rugged terrain and sheer cliffs. To reach the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail, follow highway 560 to the end of the road, just past Hāʻena State Park.

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When to get there

Kauai’s weather is stable all year round, which makes it an excellent destination anytime of the year. The best time to hike the Kalalau Trail is during the dry season, which lasts from May through October. Winter is whale watching season, making it a great time for boat tours.

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Hiking the Kalalau (Na Pali Coast) Trail

The Na Pali coastline is only accessible by foot via the Kalalau Trail. Backpackers typically take 3 days or more to make this incredibly scenic 22-mile (34-kilometer) round-trip journey. The trail traverses steep cliffs, requires several river crossings, and is very strenuous in spots. Day hikers can venture to Hanakapi’ai Falls, but permits are required to hike past the falls, even if you don’t plan to camp.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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