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After a historic flood in mid-April which caused massive damage to our island, we are excited to be starting the 2018 season. It's been a rough go for our entire community, but Napali Kayak is looking forward to being back on the water with our guests. We will be offering our Na Pali Day trip from Polihale State Park on Kauai's west side.


The Tour

The adventure will be a round trip paddle from Polihale to Milolii- approximately 10-12 miles (usually a 5 hour trip). This side of the island is the leeward side which offers calmer conditions, smoother paddling, and less likeliness for sea sickness. As conditions allow, we will kayak on for a snorkel at Nualolo Kai and cruise through sea caves.

The kayak caravan will land on the remote beach of Milolii for a catered lunch and a well deserved break. Here, guests will have an hour or so to explore the valley, comb the beach for the elusive sunrise shell, or find a nice shade tree and let the wind whir you into a nap. We will return to Polihale between 3:00 and 3:30. Polihale landings can be the exclamation of your adventure so have all your gear strapped, buckled, clipped, and be ready for action.

After everyone lands, we'll throw a big high five, take a quick swim, then do one last push to help portage gear and kayaks to the trailer. At the beach park you can shower off, grab a cold refreshment, and be less salty for the shuttle ride out.

Tour Details

Check in time 4:45am at our Hanalei headquarters; or, a better option is meet us on the west side in Waimea town at 6:30am at the local Big Save market.

From Waimea, we will carry on to a better parking area just up the road. At this point, you can park your car and shuttle into the park with us or drive yourself. (Please be aware of your car rental's rules about driving on the park's road.) We are happy to pick you up along the way as well.

If you decide to drive, having your ride on the west side will open your options after the tour; you can enjoy amazing sunsets, try Jojo's famous shave ice, or shop and dine in Poipu.

Physical Requirements

Just like our regular Na Pali adventure, this trip is not for everyone. You should be in good physical condition with no major health issues, back problems, moreover, no pregnancies beyond first trimester. You must be comfortable swimming. You will be outfitted with a life jacket but, yes, you need to know how to swim if your kayak flips over.

-Age requirements at least 14 years old. (young adult)

What we provide

Good clean fun! Also, we provide you with a fully outfitted tandem kayak, dry bags, life vests and other necessary gear. You’ll also get an education on kayaking, oceana, Hawaiian history, geology, & local sea life. Plus, you’ll get an award winning catered lunch, cold refreshments, and moreover, our famous free advice.

What you provide

For starters, a great attitude! 3 liters water per person, sun protection, a hat, shades, sun screen, h20 proof camera, sea sickness medication (aka: cheap insurance) and a dry change of clothes. There is a print out of what to bring and what you need to know on the FAQ page.

We offer this amazing experience 7 days a week From April To October and we would love to speak with you in person to answer any questions you may have.

To book this tour, please call (808) 826-6900

COST

$210/person + state parks use fee and sales tax. It is well worth it.

Customer Reviews

  • My husband and I are 36 and did this trip with another couple. We are all moderately in shape and work out 4-6 times per week doing cardio and strength training. We were all VERY nervous about the physical aspect of this trip along with the motion sickness aspect ( 2 members in our group are very prone to motion sickness) that we almost didn't sign up. Well thank goodness we did. We all had an amazing time and nobody got sick ( we all used the patch):) Our kayak trip included exploring a cave, seeing sea turtles and dolphins right in front of us, exploring a remote beach, and viewing the sights of the Napali coastline. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I would recommend it to everyone thinking about it. It was not as scary and physical as we had thought and all the worry was for nothing. Sooo fun and we weren't even sore!

    Allison L., Michigan
  • If you have decided to do this incredible journey, then this outfit is great. The guides and this outfit are laidback. Do not do this trip if you have a negative attitude or are absolutely out of shape. If so, you will not enjoy it. Also, if this is your first time seeing the Napali Coastline, save this Kayak trip for another time, since at times you will be so tired, or so concentrating on paddling you may miss a bit of the scenery. If you have seen the coast before and want another great perspective then go ahead. I am glad I did it, but not sure I would do it again, next time I will let a boat do the work.. No regrets though!

    Jeremy R., California
  • Fantastic trip along the Na Pali coast! Beats hiking and of course motorized ways of "enjoyment" any day, and you get to see parts of the coast that are only accessible by boat. Our guides, Nick and Casey, were awesome and shepherded the fleet with knowledge, humor and skill the whole day. The equipment is top notch and the staff incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. A trip to remember - do it!

    George P., California
  • Kauai was our chosen honeymoon destination and since my husband and I are both adventurers we decided to spend one of our days kayaking Napali. Oh my! It was the BEST! Such beautiful vistas, some intense moments paddling into caves (so worth it!!!), and the perfect amount of physical challenge. I'm someone who gets a little nervous with deep oceans and waves, etc., but there was something really refreshing being out on the open ocean and seeing the coast by our own muscle power. The speed boats cruise by, but they don't get to stop and enjoy the vistas the way we do... all day! It really couldn't have been more perfect. Adrien and Jamie were AWESOME guides, knowledgeable and fun. the sandwiches were tasty too. I would for sure do this again... and fully recommend to anyone who has the right attitude to enjoy a day on the water. It is long... but it somehow goes by very quickly. Keep in mind, long sleeves are a good idea, and maybe even long pants, since you only stop on land one time, which makes well intentioned reapplication of sunblock a bit difficult. :) This is for sure one of the coolest trips I have ever taken!

    Kate N., Utah