Kayaking the Na Pali Coast

The Na Pali Coast in Hawaii.

The Na Pali coast in Hawaii. Photo © Malgorzata Litkowska /123rf.

When calm seas settle in for the summer, kayaks can be rented for one of a few breathtaking trips down the Na Pali Coast ending at Polihale. Outfitters Kauai (2827A Po‘ipu Rd., Po‘ipu, 808/742-9667 or 999/742-9887, $230) runs a 16-mile sea kayak adventure along the coast. The trip features an exploration of sea caves; opportunities to see waterfalls, dolphins, and sea turtles; and respites on deserted beaches that feel far from civilization. The tour offers tandem, open-cockpit, or sit-on-top self-bailing kayaks with foot pedal controls, and the tour is only available from mid-May until mid-September on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The trip features an exploration of sea caves; opportunities to see waterfalls, dolphins, and sea turtles; and respites on deserted beaches that feel far from civilization.Kayak Kaua‘i (5-5070 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-9844) also offers sea kayaking along the Na Pali Coast. It’s a serious adventure only for the very fit and hardy and can only be done in the summer. The kayaking adventure requires 5-6 hours of paddling and runs about $200.

Na Pali Kayak (5-5070 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-6900) takes adventurous day trippers, honeymooners, and campers on various trips along the Na Pali Coast. Adventures include guided day kayaking trips, camping along the coast, a honeymoon private charter for two, and private guided tours. Fees vary from $200 to $3,000 for a group charter, so call for the most up-to-date rates and details.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.

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