Na Pali Coast, Kauai
There is always something going on
hula hula shows
a ride in a small boat on the river
rent a bike and fly down a mountain
find a kayak and padle upstream
go diving, horseback riding
hike NAPALI COAST is something else !
Na Pali (Cliffs in Hawaiian) is beautiful awe inspiring site! Kalalau Valley, the largest valley on Na Pali. This point and the less frequented Pu'u o Kila Lookout provides the greatest views of the Pacific. The Kalalau Valley was inhabited until 1919. The Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile hike down steep seacliffs, through waterfalls and to the ocean, is one of the most popular in the world. Views from the lookout change minute to minute depending on the ever-present clouds. If the clouds are coming from inland, they usually disappear quickly. However, if there is a cloud bank moving in from the ocean, it usually lasts indefinitely. At 4,000 foot elevation, the air here is much cooler than along the coast or in the valleys.
There are two viewing points past the Waimea Canyon observatory. Go to the upper one and walk carefully down the slippery path to the right. That is where the best pictures can be taken.
Whether you see it by boat, hiking trail, helicopter, the Na Pali coast should be experienced at all costs!!!! If you've seen the movie "Six Days, Seven Nights", you have seen bits and pieces of this amazing coasline. Stretching about 15 miles (9 km) along the North-West coast, the Na Pali coast rises thousands of feet straight up from the ocean floor. Erosion and exotic plants make for an almost alien juxtoposition of shapes and colors.
The Napali coast. If you can hop on one of the boat trips. They will take you along the breathtaking cliffs, stop and snorkle with sea turtles plus feed you lunch.
Or take a helicopter ride. Actually you can even hike it. Either or, but its a must.
Or hike it.
This is the most beautiful part of the island which is accessible by car.
Beautiful beaches; colorful, lush vegetation; the North coast has it all in abundance.
The coastal highway ends at the starting point of the Kalalau-trail along the Na-Pali coast. Even if you don't have time to walk the whole trail, it's worth hiking to the first view point (1h).
If you come to Kaua'i, you MUST see the Na Pal'i coast. It is only accessible by sea or helicopter. This was the end of the line where I could drive. These following shots are the Northwest coast of this topographical marvel. The Na Pal'i coast is most recently renowned for its filming location for Jurassic Park.
This was in my opinion the most beautiful sight on Kauai. Following the Waimea Canyon Road stop at Kalalau Lookout or go further at Pu'u o Kila Lookout to experience an amazing view of the Kalalau Valley, a green, rugged canyon that opens onto the Pacific. Kalalau Valley is the largest on Na Pali and it was inhabited until 1919. Sometimes you can see rainbows over the valley (it happened when we were there; you can see it in the picture if you look closely). There's is no trail down from this spot, but you can hike the 11-mile Kalalau trail to get to the beach at the bottom of the valley.
A catamaran tour along the Na Pali Coast is expensive (99$), but worth it!
Seven hour boat trip, incl. breakfast, lunch, drinks and snorkeling.
The Na Pali coast can only be admired by helicopter, boat or, partly, on foot.
Huge, bizarre cliffs seem to rise straight out of the ocean, sometimes interrupted by green valleys. At the foot of those cliffs are white-sand beaches, caves and waterfalls.
A breathtaking miracle of nature and the highlight of any visit to the island!!!
We sailed in a sail boat up the Napali coast where we stopped and had a chance to snorkel. The view was gorgeous and unforgettable.
This is one of my favorite places in all of Hawaii. Located on Kauai, the Kalalau Lookout is stunning.
we joined Holoholo Charters for a boat trip to Niihau but the weather not permit to niihau...but we saw whales upclose! awesome!
The hike is not easy... but looking back at the photos... it was worth it. (At the time I wouldn't have believed I'd ever say that!)
If you can do the hike... and it is a difficult hike... you can see some of the most fabulous views you've ever seen!