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Na Pali Coast State Park, Wainiha

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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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  • This is a beautiful 2-3 hour getaway while on NaPali coast. The villages along the way to the park are fun to browse through. Take time to visit the many walking trails in this area. Your cameras will...  read more »
  • It was very rough when we were there and many tours from the North shore had been canceled. So we took the tour with Holo Holo from Port Allen. I am glad that we did that. The captain and crew members...  read more »
  • This is an awe inspiring coastline! Cliffs, craters, tunnels - it has it all. But it is dangerous and mus be respected and admired. Don't miss seeing this coastline, whether by helicopter, boat, or ot...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Amazing views! We drove with the intention of hiking the first 2 miles of the kalalau trail. The roads down were a little scary in some spots with lots of one way only bridges, but it was a very scenic drive. We aimed to get there early and got there by 10am but there was still no parking and the parking lot was a rocky, muddy mess that our tiny rental car would not have survived. Haha. We ended up parking about a mile down the road (closest we could get) and walking down. There's a cool cave on your way in and at the base of the coast is a really nice, fairly calm beach with bathroom facilities and a lifeguard. The trail is well marked and has lots of information, including warnings to not hike it unprepared. The trail is not for the faint of the heart or unprepared. It is a steep climb and about 50℅ climbing steep rocks and boulders (you're basically climbing up a stream bed and 50% muddy trails and then going down the same sort of trails. Do not do this hike in sandals or without water. There's beautiful views at the 0.5 mile marker if you want a photo op for a shorter climb. Still, wear proper footwear and know your physical limits!! Before the beach you need to cross a small River/stream that is quite fast flowing and prone to flash floods. Look at weather reports before you go and listen to warnings. Overall, the first 2 miles of the day hike was difficult but rewarding and the views are amazing!
  • Words simply don't even come close to how amazing the napoli coast line is. I hike 6.1miles one way, little over 2 miles past the waterfall. I hike napoli barefoot and it was worth every ache and pain that followed. The natural beauty was life changing for me! I have never felt more at peace and stress free. If you travel you Kauai this is a most stop spot. Even if you do not hike the whole 11 miles making it just 1/2 smile you really get a peek at the amazing Napoli coast line. Simply put just wow. Thank you Kauai for giving me peace and a experience I will always cherish!
  • Amazing views. Spectacular scenery. The earth doesn't get much more beautiful than this.
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