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Na Pali Coast State Park, Wainiha
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The rugged coastline of Hawaii's oldest inhabited island, Na Pali Coast State Park, can only be reached by hiking, kayaking, or paddleboarding. If you're not feeling that adventurous, consider taking a guided boat tour or helicopter ride around the coast. However, this natural beauty is worth the hike (or kayak ride). The cliffs, or pali, jut straight out of the water and are marked with small, narrow valleys and caves formed by strong seawater. Camping on the beach overnight is also a popular option here; just remember that you need to pay for a permit to do so. Add Na Pali Coast State Park and other attractions to your Wainiha trip itinerary using our Wainiha tourist route planner.
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  • We visited the Na Pali Coast via Na Pali Coast Catamaran. It was amazing! We saw 2 pods of dolphins along the way (an added bonus)! The coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I've ever ...  more »
  • I did a day hike in the Na Pali Coast NP and it was my highlight of Kauai. The view are amazing. Make sure to carry enough water! The beach at the entrance to the NP is the perfect place to watch the ...  more »
  • We are in Kauai celebrating my parents 45th anniversary, we were a group of 14 and we all had a blast even with mom being sea sick ;) Can't say enough of the amazing crew, Captain Mike, Chef Mark and ...  more »
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  • Fabulous. We took the Napali Cliff trail/Kalalau Trail to the end. Amazing views. There is a lot of up down on this trail. With a 30+ pound pack you are going to feel it. The beach is amazing. During rainy season water ways can swell to almost impassable. There is a boat ride option to the beach at the end of the Napali Cliff trail. Don't be shocked if you see some nudity.
  • Amazing, stunning, breathtaking! Coastline is beautiful to say the least. We docked at the state park. So much history here, my favorite part of the day was learning Hawaiian culture and traditions. Do not take anything from these beaches! They are sacred land and have many graves, most of which are marked by a single stone or by shells placed there. Respect the land here.
  • Hanakapiai Part One If you are going, you need the following: solid tread on your shoes, an early start, water, solid tread on your shoes and more water. While there are 22 miles in total, hike in hike out, without a camping permit you can only go as far as hanakapiai falls, the four mile in four mile out, 8 mile total hike. The first two miles takes you to Hanakapiai Beach, a secluded beach that has been carved out by years of waves pummeling against the coast line. This is also brackish where the stream from hanakapiai falls meets the ocean. From here, if you your permits you can begin the remainder of the trek out to Kalalau or day hikers can move up stream to hanakapiai falls. You'll need get to the end of the road early if you want any chance at good parking. You are battling both hikers and snorkelers looking to post up at Ke'e Beach. Unless you have 4wd and good clearance, do nor atttempt the parking lot to your right (approximatwly .25 miles before the turn around at the end of the road). The best timing for this hike, to avoid the masses is roughly 7am. Thus way you can hike without a headlamp. Also, the early morning chill is still in the air; and you get prime parking. To the beach it is two miles in, and you are faced with major elevation changes, some shear drop offs, muddy and dry conditions, heat, moisture, potential torrents of rain, followed by heavy bouts of sun shine. When you arrive at the beach, be prepared to cross your first river section. Depending on the bottle neck, and what type of shoes you have on, some will trek through the water to the other side...even with shoes and socks. Some will remove shoes, others with hybrid sandal hikers will trudge through. There are stones you can tip toe across without hitting the water, but all eyes are in you when it's your turn. Spending some time at the beach can refresh you for the hike up to the falls. (This authors suggestion, never do this hike without getting to the falls) If the beach is heaven, the falls is elysium! Your next two miles will not be easy, nor will it resemble anything from the first two miles. You are now in the jungle! Mostly muddy, dense forest surrounds you, false trails tempt and trick you, but if you keep focused on the occasional pink ribbon, you will be fine. You will be faced with multiple river crossings, with warnings about flash floods and raging waters. If you are even remotely unsure about if you should cross, then you probably shouldn't be on this hike, as weather plays a major factor in this north western corner of the island. ***to be continued*** Mahalo and Namaste
  • Amazing hiking! Only went as far as the falls this time (you need a permit to hike any further). The beach is beautiful (swimming is rough here, I guess people have died there) the waterfall is majestic, you can get up close and personal with it!
  • Spectacular location on Kauai. You have to view Napali from the bottom and the top (and maybe, if you're lucky, both by helicopter), but the drive up to Napali really gives you the sense of the altitude change, and the views are other-worldly. Best to get here early so you can experience it without the crowds.