Along Kauai’s lush North Shore lie stunning emerald sea cliffs that plummet like spires into the lush valleys and blue ocean below. This rugged and remote area is home to Na Pali Coast State Park. Visiting Na Pali Coast State Park on your Kauai vacation is a must-do activity for anyone who loves natural beauty and outdoor adventure. From towering cliffs and rugged coastlines to pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Na Pali Coast State Park has it all.
Exploring the Na Pali Coast by Boat
Because of this area’s formidable terrain, there are no roads that pass through the park. The best way to experience Na Pali Coast State Park is by boat, where you will be able to take in the full scope of the sea cliffs and capture stunning photos of the surrounding scenery. There are several tour operators that offer guided excursions, ranging from small boats to large luxury excursions. These tours offer incredible views of the coastline, with opportunities to see sea caves, waterfalls, and even dolphins and whales. Many tours also stop at secluded beaches where you can swim, snorkel, or just relax in the sun. While adventurers will love the speed and thrill of a Zodiac ride, those looking for a more relaxed experience will appreciate the smoother ride on a catamaran.
Hiking in Na Pali Coast State Park
If you prefer to explore the park on foot, there are several hiking trails that offer incredible views of the coastline. The Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trail for experienced hikers that hugs the steep cliffs along the shoreline, offering stunning views. Views of the coastline can also be enjoyed with less danger and physical strain from Koke’e State Park, which is accessed from the island’s west coast town of Waimea. The Kalalau Lookout provides stunning views down the coastline of the Na Pali Coast State Park terrain, and there are a variety of hiking options that offer coastal views.
Kayaking in Na Pali Coast State Park
Another way to experience the park is by kayaking along the coastline. There are several rental companies that offer kayaks and guided tours, allowing you to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches that are inaccessible by land.
No matter how you choose to explore Na Pali Coast State Park, you will be awed by its natural beauty and stunning scenery. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water, and snacks, as well as a camera to capture the amazing views. Whether you are hiking, kayaking, or taking a boat tour, a visit to Na Pali Coast State Park is an unforgettable experience that is sure to be a highlight of your Kauai vacation.