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Kayaking the Na Pali Coast has been called the “Mount Everest” of ocean kayaking. This is truly an awesome adventure, but this is a very demanding trip and it is not for everyone. Na Pali is a summer kayaking destination. From October through April the winter surf on the north shore makes this trip impossible. The Na Pali coast is truly astounding, and there is no more intimate way to experience it than by kayak. This is a long day though, and this tour is not right for everyone. Please read this entire page carefully before making any reservations!
This 17 mile paddle that begins in Hanalei and ends at Polihale Beach is a truly astounding adventure that has been featured on the cover of National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Kayak Kauai is the company featured in that article and the most experienced company in outfitting this tour. Marvel at sea caves, plunging waterfalls, hanging valleys, and secluded beaches.
This will be a long and impressive day of warm coastal paddling and caving. Begin your journey in two-person sit-on-top kayaks with self-bailing scuppers and comfortable backrests. Your kayak is equipped with a rudder, which improves steering and greatly improves forward paddling efficiency. This is a one-way paddle that is done downwind (when the consistent trade winds are blowing in the normal direction).
You will paddle beyond the verdant valley of Kalalau, past the famous arch of Honopu, and into the azure blue waters of a volcanic sea cave. Along the way it is common to encounter dolphins, sea turtles, and on special occasions you’ll catch a glimpse of the elusive Hawaiian monk seal. Imagine kayaking THROUGH a waterfall to get into a sea cave, or paddling into a cave and discovering that the roof is now gone and a giant skylight appears overhead!
A little over halfway through the day you’ll spend a few hours at the quiet beach of Mololii where you’ll have lunch and rest up for the second part of the journey. At Milolii you can swim, beach comb and visit an ancient Hawaiian fishing shrine.
Polihale Beach Park is the final destination, where the cliffs meet the sand dunes. A van awaits your arrival, and after a refreshing shower you’ll be transported back to the Kayak Kauai shop with an arrival around 7:30pm.
If you decide that this tour is too hard-core for you, check out the river-oriented kayak tours that are also available on Kauai. The Secret Falls Kayak goes up the Wailua River and at the end of your paddle you hike to an amazing waterfall. The Blue Lagoon Tour takes place on the Hanalei River, and goes out to the bay for some nice snorkeling.