The very best way to explore Kauai’s rugged Na Pali coast is on board one of our ocean rafting tours. The scenery along the Na Pali coastline is just breathtaking. There are sea caves and archways to explore, with numerous waterfalls falling directly into the ocean. Sealife abounds, including spinner and spotted dolphins, monk seals, and Hawaiian green sea turtles. Humpback whales are often seen during the winter months. All of these creatures are seen in their natural wild habitat! Tours operate from this west side location all year. The large 48 foot raft seats 35 people and offers the most comfortable journey.  This fast and comfortable boat offers shade and an on-board rest room, as well as a smoother ride than the smaller raft. This vessel is small enough to maneuver into sea caves during calm seas and is our favorite way to experience the coastline of the Na Pali.
The adventure begins when you leave shore of scenic Hanalei Bay and by dingy which transfers you to the Ocean Adventurer which is anchored just offshore. The 38 Foot Raft departs from the north shore in Hanalei. Minutes after leaving the bay, the spectacular Napali Coast comes into view and you see why its dramatic cliffs and beaches have enchanted painters, authors and travelers for centuries.
This 6 – 6.5 hour tour is the ultimate Na Pali Coast Rafting adventure! Ride through waterfalls and into sea caves wand land at the ancient archeological site at Nualolo Kai for snorkeling, a narrated walking tour and a picnic lunch.

Chances are you will spot pods of playful spinner dolphins as you pass the sandy beaches of Barking Sands and Polihale. When you arrive at the Na Pali coast it will take your breath away! The raft will explore all the “nooks and crannies” of the majestic coastline.

This tour allows you to experience the Na Pali coast in a way that few other tours permit, as very few vessels have the permission from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to actually land at Nualolo Kai. This is a memorable excursion to this historic site that few people who live in Hawaii have ever had the opportunity to experience.

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Panoramic views of the Na Pali coast
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Beach landing and cultural tour of Nualolo Kai

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These morning tours do not work for cruise ship passengers. The morning tour starts too early for any cruise ship passengers to make it to check in. While Pride of America stays overnight, the second day doesn’t work either as you wouldn’t have time to get back to the ship after your tour.

If you are on the Pride of America and overnighting in Kauai, you can do an afternoon tour or you might also consider a Sunset tour of the Na Pali on the afternoon / evening of day one in port.


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