We require a guide for anyone who has not paddled the coast before. Our guides have many years leading kayak tours along the Na Pali Coast and will not only enrich your paddle adventure, but also ensure a safe and good time is had by all.
The coast requires surf launches and landings as well as a 17 mile rough water paddle. We suggest you pick your paddle mates carefully as this is not a trip to convince someone to go on, and not an appropriate trip for children. Minimum age is 15 years old.
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Na Pali Coast Camping Permits:
There are only two remote camp sites along the coast. The first site, Kalalau, is about 7 miles. This impressive beach and valley is also accessible via the 11 mile hiking trail. When traveling to Kalalau by kayak, a maximum of five camping nights are allowed and require a standard camping permit.
Miloli’i, the second campsite, is about 11 miles down the coast. A maximum of three nights are allowed at this camp site. It is accessible via the ocean only so only a camping permit is required as landing is assumed.
A fee system is now in place for both camp sites. Kalalau and Miloli’i permits are $20 per night and can be obtained through the DLNR State Parks Website.
If you should have further questions regarding camping permits, you may contact the DLNR directly:
Dept. of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks 3060 Eiwa St. Room 306 Lihue, Hi 96766 (808) 274-3444 or www.hawaiistateparks.org
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Kayaks and Equipment:
We use Sit-On-Top Kayaks made by Ocean Kayak (singles or doubles). Singles are Scuppers, ruddered or un-ruddered tandems are ether Zests or Cabos with or without rudders. You can choose between ruddered or un-ruddered boats, although we strongly suggest you use a ruddered kayak as we generally get a following sea or “wind swell”. The safety of the group is of the utmost importance. For this reason, we ask you to take as many doubles as possible and we require at least one double in a group, (i.e. seasickness or fatigue).
All boats come with:
PFD (aka: Lifejacket)
1 extra paddle per group (for safety)
1 extra large dry bag per person
Packing your Kayak
We will supply you with 1 extra large dry bag per person and we feel that is the max you should bring (essentially, a full camping backpack is the max).
Hanalei is a small town on the north side of the island. In town, you will find a small grocery store, photo shop and some gift shops, although we suggest you do the bulk of your shopping in Kapaa or Lihue before you come to the north shore.
Camping before you go
There is a small camp site near the end of the road on the north shore that is perfectly situated for camping on the night prior to your departure. This camp site is known as Haena county park and is open every day but Monday night. Apply in advance for permits for $3 per night per person or, they can be issued on the spot for $5 per person per night.
County of Kauai Division of Parks and Recreation 4193-a Hardy St. Bldg.#5, Lihue, Hawaii 96766 Visit the Parks & Recreation website for more info.
At Na Pali Kayak we do an all inclusive trip: Transportation, Kayaks, dry-bags, parking, bag storage and the guide service to Kalalau... The only additional charge will be if you require a guide on the segment from Kalalau to Miloli’i or Polihale.
A flat fee of $400 per person all inclusive A 10% discount for groups of 5 to 8 people or 15% for 8 or more. If you do require a guide on another leg it will be $375 although most people don’t require this unless your group struggles or conditions warrant assistance.
Unguided Pre-approved Campers
If you’ve done business with us before or have a lot of experience along the Na Pali coast and don’t require a guide, you should talk to Josh or Ivan to get permission to go unguided.
We have a fleet of rentals with or without rudders priced accordingly..
We will drop your group off at Haena County Park in the morning for $20 per person and gear.
We will pick you and your gear up at Polihale and bring you back to our shop in Hanalei for $400 per group, plus a $10 flat fee for dry bags. This requires a 15 passenger van and trailer although we suggest no more than 10 people to allow room for gear.
Making a reservation for camping expeditions:
We would like to talk to you in person to make sure we are clear about all logistics and questions. We will require a non-refundable deposit of 20% and the balance will be due the morning of your trip. Make sure you have your permits as we will need to photocopy them, and that everyone is committed to the trip, as we would hate to charge you not to go down the coast.
We suggest once you’ve read all this information and you have your permits, call us and speak directly to someone at the shop. You can reach us at (808) 826-6900 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.