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Kauai - Na Pali Ocean Rafting


 

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!

Our rafting tours offer a huge advantage over most other companies on Kauai because of the proximity of their departure point to the Na Pali Coast. We have two different vessels that depart from the Kikiaola small boat harbor west of Waimea, which cuts 20 minutes or so each way on the trip to the Na Pali compared to the boats that depart from the Port Allen Harbor on the south shore. This increases the amount of time you have along the scenic Kona and Na Pali coasts and cuts down on the time getting there and back. Tours operate from this west side location all year. The large 48 foot raft seats 35 people and offers the most comfortable journey. The small 26 foot raft seats 18 people and offers the most adventureous journey (including a beach landing on days when the ocean swells are small).

For the spring / summer / early fall of 2012 we also offer tours from the north shore with a departure from Hanalei. These tours are operated on a 38' rigid hull inflatable raft called "Ocean Adventurer." This "medium sized raft" has a capacity of 28 passengers.


48 Foot Large Raft - west shore departure

Year-round daily departures. The capacity for this vessel is 35 people and the check in is at the Kikiaola small boat harbor that is 2 miles west of Waimea. 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. Minimum age is 5. No pregnant women, and no one with neck or back injuries permitted on the tour.

  • Morning tour - 4.5 hours in length and includes snorkel gear, lunch, beverages, and a snorkel stop is typically made along the Na Pali or Kona coast. Check-in time is 9:00am. This tour operates 7 days a week from April through September and on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from October through March. Adults $139, Children ages 5-12 $99

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CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

The Na Pali Explorer morning tours do not work for cruise ship passengers. 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 motor tour of the Na Pali on the afternoon / evening of day one in port. 


 

38 Foot Raft - north shore Hanalei departure

Minimum age is 6. No pregnant women, and no one with neck or back injuries permitted on the tour. Due to extremely limited availability we recommend reservations be made weeks prior to your arrival!

  • Morning tour - 4 hours in length and includes snorkel gear, lunch, beverages. Checkin is at 8am in downtown Hanalei. This tour operates 7 days a week April through September. Adults $169, Children ages 6-12 $139

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. 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!

As you travel down the coast, your crew and Captain entertain and educate with stories of the Hawaiians who once made this coast their home. From sea-level you really get a feel for the tremendous scale of the cliffs of the Na Pali coast. Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and seabirds which are often seen. Depending on the ocean conditions the day of your raft tour, you'll stop and snorkel at one of several protected and shallow areas which will be teeming with tropical fish. Fins, goggles (with corrective lenses if you need them), snorkels, and flotation aids are all provided. If you're new to snorkeling, the crew will be on-hand to provide instruction and pointers so you can get the most from your adventure. After you have a chance to snorkel and relax on the Napali Coast, a tasty lunch sandwich is served before returning to Hanalei Bay.

The Ocean Adventurer was built in 2004 ... capacity for this vessel is 28 and she flies down the coastline powered by twin 225HP motors. She has two water-level entry points with dive ladders and a fresh water shower. With plenty of shade, stadium-style seating for every passenger and the all-important enclosed marine toilet this boat is designed for comfort as well as speed and safety. The vessel leaves from near the Hanalei Pier ... guests park in "downtown" Hanalei and are shuttled by van to the departure point.

Just in case you missed it the first time ... Due to extremely limited availability we recommend reservations be made weeks prior to your arrival!

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CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

The Ocean Adventurer morning tour with a Hanalei departure does 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.


Activity Tips

I've been on numerous Na Pali boat tours, but a day on the water with the Na Pali Explorer took me further along the Na Pali coast than I'd ever been before. Their closer departure point to the Na Pali allows more time to explore this spectacular area. Their two different rafts allow for a choice in your adventure that you don't have with other companies. 

For people who are considering a Na Pali adventureand are staying on the east or south sides of Kauai, I don't think the choice is between this raft company and other raft companies ... their closer departures make this company an absolute winner.

The size of the two rafts featured on this page are an excellent compromise between giving you the rafting adventure you desire, while still offering the creature comforts like shade and an on-board rest room that you'd get on a larger boat. It has a smoother, cushier ride than the tiny zodiacs, but it is still fast enough to cover the entire Na Pali coast and small enough to get into several of the most spectacular sea caves.

There are some days along the Na Pali, especially in the wintertime, when a huge north swell will prevent any raft from entering any of the sea caves. Just being close enough to witness these monster waves crashing on the cliffs is a spectacular experience. Occasionally in the wintertime conditions will not allow them to reach the Na Pali. If that's the case the captain will select an alternate destination along the south shore that is safe and also offers a memorable day on the water. While the Na Pali is always their preferred destination, even on days when they can't get there they guarantee you a great time and a fun adventure. As a general rule If it is too rough for these guys to go to the Na Pali, it's too rough for any boats to go there.

For guests staying in the Princeville / Hanalei area, it is better to do the north shore departure ... if (and this is a BIG if) ... you are PLANNING AHEAD. There is VERY limited availability for north shore departures as the state of Hawaii and county of Kauai have greatly restricted commercial tour permits on the north shore. If you wait until you arrive on Kauai and hope to stroll down to the Hanalei pier at your leisure and hop on the next available boat, you'll be standing there a long LONG time. Every seat sells out well in advance almost every day. And keep in mind that north shore departures are only possible in the late spring, summer, and early fall due seasonal swells that hit in the wintertime. Tours that depart from the north shore are more expensive ... the shorter season means that they can't run all year and have far fewer operating days upon which to turn a profit (and everything about running a boat is expensive ... from the purchase of the vessel, to the maintenance, the fuel, the insurance, the crew, etc.)

As a resident of Hawaii, I consider the Na Pali coastline to be the most scenic and most sacred place in the islands. There are better places in Hawaii to snorkel, but nothing compares with the dramatic scenery and raw natural beauty of this wild coastline. 

 

 

 

 

   

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Please be sure that you have typed your email address perfectly; an incorrect address will prevent you from getting your confirmation details, and we will have no way of knowing that you never received your confirmation. We cannot be responsible for errors that clients make which causes them to miss their tour. If you do not see your email confirmation within 24 hours please call us right away to check on the status of your order.

A credit card is required to guarantee payment for your reservations, but in most cases WE DO NOT charge your credit card when your order is placed. Your credit card is typically charged five days before you leave for Hawaii, and a voucher is faxed to the vendor. Some activities are charged at the time of check-in and your e-mail confirmation will inform you if this is the case. If you cancel your activity after your credit card has been charged you will receive a refund less 10% to cover our credit card processing costs.

After making reservations, you may reschedule or cancel your activity up until 48 hours prior to its start (a few activities have 72 hour cancellation policies ... see your confirmation e-mail for details). Within 48 hours of the start of your activity all reservations are final and non-refundable (unless the event is cancelled by the vendor due to weather or other factors ... in which case you are refunded in full). Due to our incredible climate here, weather cancellations are rare.  No-shows and cancellations without adequate notice are charged in full on the credit card used to secure the reservation and are non-refundable.

 

 

 

 

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