Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chevron down What should I know before I go?
  • On this all day activity, you paddle Kauai’s entire Na Pali Coast. Check in is at 6:00 a.m. Napali Kayak is the second building on the left as you enter Hanalei (next to Postcards Restaurant) on the north shore of Kauai.

    We are on the water by 7:30 a.m. at Haena Beach Park. We paddle for approximately 4.5 hours before landing for a well deserved lunch stop at Milolii Beach. Here, we enjoy an outstanding catered lunch and a long rest, or a short walk into Milolii Valley. Then it’s back in our boats for the brief one-and-a-half hour paddle to Polihale beach, the end point of the Na Pali Coast.

    This adventure is approximately six-hours of paddle time. A van shuttles us back to Napali Kayak in Hanalei. We typically return by 7:00 p.m. This is a long, challenging adventure. Participants should be in good physical condition. The seas can be rough and seasickness medicine is highly recommended.

  • Chevron down What should I bring?
  • Bring a bag with a change of clothing and a towel for after the paddle when you are shuttled back to headquarters. We also suggest plenty of sun protection, a hat, sunglasses (with a strap), and a long sleeve shirt.

    On the water, you’ll want to have a waterproof camera (disposable ones work great). Bring a few snacks that are sealed so they stay dry (like energy bars). BRING PLENTY OF WATER!!! We suggest two 1.5 liter water bottles minimum.

    There are no services along the Na Pali Coast so if you have allergies or health issues bring proper medication. Bring a few dollars; we stop along the way home for a restroom break and to get snacks. Also if your guide does a great job, you may want to give him/her a tip!

  • Chevron down What does Na Pali Kayak supply?
  • We have new equipment and everything is included: ruddered sit-on-top kayaks, lightweight carbon-fiber paddles, comfortable seat backs, dry-bags and top-of-the-line life preservers. Lunch is catered and your choice for the sandwich are turkey or roast beef with provolone or vegetarian with hummus and feta. All sandwiches have veggies on the side. Cold juice and water are provided at lunch.

  • Chevron down How much paddle/kayaking experience do I need?
  • None per se. Many of our visitors have never been in a kayak. As long as you’re physically healthy and truly want the accomplishment, we can help you achieve it.

  • Chevron down How much do you charge?
  • Kayak Rental Rates:
    All rentals include paddles, seat backs, PFD (lifejacket) and one dry bag.

    Our half-day rate is $25 per single or $40 per double (unruddered boat).

    Our daily rate (24 hrs) is $55/single or $80/double for ruddered boats.

    Our daily rate (24 hrs) for un-ruddered boats $35/single or $60/double.

    Tour Rates:
    Our Na Pali Kayak Day Trip is $225 per person plus park use fees and tax.

    A private charter Na Pali Coast tour for 2 (honeymoon) is $825. Private charter for 6 or less is $1955.

    A private charter of between 6 and 10 people is $3150. This can actually be the best tour for the buck. If you have a group, we can customize this tour.

    Call us for more info about Kayak camping along the Na Pali Coast

    We also offer three and five multi-day, multi-sport vacation packages. We stay in incredible ocean-front accommodations with our own chef and do a different activity every day.

  • Chevron down Is this tour for me?
  • The Na Pali Coast paddle is not for everyone, but it may be for you. This 17-mile kayak trip can be long and strenuous for people not in good physical shape. Expect as much as seven hours of paddling throughout the day, broken up by a two-hour lunch break.

    Our main concern is SEASICKNESS. But most tender stomachs can be treated the night before and the morning of with Dramamine or Bonine. Ordinary folks complete this adventure everyday and have epic memories to match and photos to bring home.

  • Chevron down I want to camp on the Na Pali Coast. What do I need to know?
  • For those of you lucky enough to have a camping permit for Kalalau between May 15th and the beginning of September, Napali Kayak can arrange all of your outfitting needs. However, we can not arrange your permits. Camping permits are available only through the DLNR on Kauai. The phone number is 1-808-274-3444.

    We require a guide to take you as far as Kalalau. Then, if everyone does great, the weather remains stable, and your guide agrees, you may choose to paddle the section of the coast from Kalalau to Polihale on your own. If the weather is questionable or your group struggles, we also require a guide on the second half of the paddle. We supply the kayaks, paddles, PFD’s (lifejackets), dry bags,and van shuttles.

    The guide is included on the first day but there is an additional charge if a guide is needed for the second leg of the paddle. This is a truly remote camping area and you need to bring in anything you will want. Of course, you’ll need to pack out what you pack in and we ask you to show the utmost respect while in Kalalau.

    Some camping equipment is available for rent on Kauai but we recommend you bring your own. You can bring more provisions in by kayak than if you were to hike, but be reasonable about how much you bring; the whole trip will be easier. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, call (808) 826-6900.

  • Chevron down Is this a good family activity?
  • This trip is best for adults. We say your child needs to be “a young adult.” We suggest 15 as the minimum age requirement, although this trip is better suited for 18 years and up as this is a very long day on the open ocean.

  • Chevron down On your Na Pali Coast Kayak tour, can I go in a single kayak or does everyone have to go in doubles?
  • We use only ruddered doubles whenever possible. As a safety issue and for efficiency, we try to use only doubles. If you have an odd number, people can be placed together.

  • Chevron down I don’t usually get seasick. Should iI still take the seasickness medicine?
  • The Na Pali Coast can be famously rough and we highly recommend taking the medicine. It is cheap insurance for a long day. No one ever regretted taking the medicine, but many have wished they had.

  • Chevron down How far in advance should we sign up?
  • We suggest a minimum of two weeks prior to your tour, although we may be able to accommodate almost any request. Please book a multi-day tour at least two months in advance.

  • Chevron down Where and when?
  • Kauai’s beautiful North Shore every day of the week, April – October. Check-in is at 6:00 a.m. at our Hanalei shop. It’s the second building on the left as you enter Hanalei, next to Postcards Restaurant. Make sure you go around the right side of the building to the red door.

  • Chevron down Can we rent kayaks and go on our own?
  • We have a full fleet of kayaks for rent (see price list). There are many mild paddles on Kauai that you can kayak on your own. We don’t recommend attempting the Na Pali Coast on your own unless you’ve had a lot of experience kayaking Kauai’s waters. The trip is famously rough and difficult. The Na Pali day trip is by far the most popular and safe way to see the coast!

  • Chevron down What is your reservation policy?
  • We require that all visitors call when they arrive on island so that we can obtain your Kauai contact info. We also ask for a confirmation phone call around 4 p.m. the afternoon before your trip for a final weather check.

  • Chevron down What is your cancellation policy?
  • Our policy is rather strict so please be sure you sign up for the correct date. We will try to reschedule any changes, but cancellations and no-shows within 48 hours of the trip will be charged the full amount.

  • Chevron down Will I get motion sickness?
  • Do you a) Puke on the roller coaster? b) Yack in the car? c) Blow chunks on a plane ride? Then maybe this trip isn’t for you. This trip is supposed to be fun! If you need to opt out due to motion sickness, there is no refund!

  • Chevron down Why is the season May through September?
  • September is the first month we start seeing the winter swells. After September, the surf gets more consistent and much larger. Like 20 – 50ft. (We could offer tow-in kayak surfing on the Na Pali but no insurance company will cover us…. hmm….)

  • Chevron down What type of kayaks are used?
  • We use ocean kayak “Cabos”. They are approximately 17′ long and have a 30” beam. They are as smooth and stable as you are. For a sit-on-top kayak, they make a great tour boat!

  • Chevron down Type of ocean life we may see?
  • Giant squid? No. More likely you’ll see spinner dolphins (Naia), Endangered green sea turtles (honu kai), reef fish, flying fish, The endangered hawaiian monk seal (iilo), or humpback whales breaching early in the season 🙂

  • Chevron down Can pregnant women take this adventure?
  • Yes but only if you are in your first trimester and not the second. We deal with beach breaks and re-entry into kayaks on the water. Both can be dangerous to the pregos.

  • Chevron down Do we paddle with the prevailing current?
  • Yes. 80% of the time. Trade winds are our tail winds. That’s the good news. When trades stop, its a paddlers paddle.

  • Chevron down Does my butt look big in this kayak?
  • Maybe.