Kayak along the emerald cliffs of Na Pali in Kauai on this breathtaking day trip.
- Remote camping with 11-mile hike
- Minimum age is 15 years old
- 17-mile rough water paddle
- Meet at headquarters the day before departure, preferably by 2 p.m.
Camp and Paddle along the Na Pali Coast
The coast tour 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 suitable for children.
It’s important to meet at headquarters the day before departure, preferably by 2 p.m. At this time, we take care of paperwork, go over the tour route, distribute dry bags, answer any questions and show you your kayaks. This is key to making your morning smooth and seamless.
Na Pali Coast Camping Permits:
There are only two remote camp sites along the coast. The first site, Kalalau, is about seven 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 only accessible by the ocean only, so a camping permit is required as landing is assumed.
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
Overnight: $250 per person
Multi-day: (2-7 nights) $300 per person
A 10% discount is offered for groups of five to eight people or a 15% discount for eight or more.
- Outfitted ruddered kayak
- Paddles (plus extra for safety)
- Dry bags & bilge pump for hatched boats
- Transportation on back from your tour
We DO NOT offer an airport pick-up service.
A La Carte Prices
Haena drop at put in: $20 per person (four person minimum/$180 cap)
Polihale pick up: $85 per person (five person minimum/$650 cap)
Guide fees (gratuity not included):
Haena to Kalalau $375
Kalalau to Milolii $425
Need Equipment? Check out our Equipment Rentals page!
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 drop your group off at Haena County Park in the morning for $20 per person and gear.
We pick you and your gear up at Polihale and bring you back to our shop in Hanalei for $425 per group. This requires a 15-passenger van and trailer although we suggest no more than 10 people to allow room for gear.
Making a Reservation
We require a non-refundable deposit of 20% and the balance on the morning of your trip. Make sure you have your permits upon arrival as we must photocopy them and cannot allow anybody on the water without them. Please give us a call if you have any further questions regarding your tour.
- 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.
All boats come with:
- Seat backs
- PFD (aka: Lifejacket)
- Paddle leashes
- Bilge pump
- 1 extra paddle per group (for safety)
- 1 extra large dry bag per person
- Bow line
- Packing your Kayak
We supply you with one extra large dry bag per person and we feel that is the max you should bring.
Hanalei is a small town on the north side of the island. In town, there is 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 State Parks & Recreation website for more info.