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.

Travel map of Kaua‘i, Hawaii.

Kaua‘i


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.

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  1. Donna Gail Schneider says:

    I contacted Outfitters Kauai after reading your article about the 17 mile Kawai coastal kayak and was told by Mahalo the company does not offer camping tours as mentioned in the February 1, 2015 article ‘Kayaking the Na Pali Coast’. Did not even indicate they offered them in the past and just discontinued them.

    I am sadden because that doesn’t leave but one company, Kayak Kauai, that has more offers, such as airport transfers.

    • Kimi Owens (admin) says:

      Hi Donna,

      We only mentioned camping tours under Napali Kayak. I’m sorry if that was unclear. Each paragraph in this article describes the availability for different guides, not all companies. Outfitters Kauai is recommended for its “16-mile sea kayak adventure along the coast” which is not specifically a camping or overnight experience.