Na Pali Coast | Summer Sea Kayaking Tour
A one-day guided sea kayak adventure along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast — the “Mount Everest” of sea kayaking!
Why go with us:
- Pioneered this tour
- Best Safety Record in the industry
- Smaller groups
- Weather conservative…when in doubt we don’t go out!
For paddling speed, ease, comfort, and safety, we exclusively use “sit-on-top” two person plastic sea kayaks with foot controlled rudders and comfortable back rests that offers good support.
This will be a long, impressive day of warm coastal paddling and caving along the monumental Na Pali Coast with your island guide(s).
Marvel at sea caves. plunging waterfalls, hanging valleys and secluded beaches.
Paddle beyond the verdant valley of Kalalau, past the arches of Honopu, and into the azure waters of a volcanic sea cave. Encounter Dolphins, Tropic Birds and upon occasion, the elusive Monk Seal.
Later, pulling ashore, we’ll spend a few hours stopping to rest and have lunch on the quiet beach of Milolii. At Milolii we can swim, beach comb, and visit an old Hawaiian fishing heiau (fishing shrine).
Polihale State Park, where the cliffs meet the sand dunes, is our final destination. After a refreshing shower, a van awaits, ready to whisk you back to our Wailua River Marina around 7:30 p.m., with your memories of the cliffs and warm sea.
Watch a Video Preview of the Na Pali Coast Sea Kayaking Tour
Tour Overview and Highlights
- A very rigorous adventure, recommended for the very few
- The Na Pali Coast a 17 mile paddle
- 4 paddler minimum to consider this tour a go
When And Where:
- April through September
- Every day of the week
- Check in at 6:00 a.m. at our Wailua River Marina
- Free shuttle pick up for points North
- Tour start and ends at Marina
- If picked up North, you are responsible after the tour, for arranging transportation from our Marina Shop.
- Free shuttle pick up for points North
- Shuttle departs 6:15 a.m.
- Reservations recommended at least three weeks in advance
- Guide(s) State certified and trained in water safety.
- Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) i.e. life preservers.
- Sit on top, two person kayaks with foot pedal and rudders
- Water resistant bags
- Scrumptious, mouth watering sandwiches ( turkey, roast beef, ham, salami, or vegetarian)
- Refreshments of tropical juices and bottled water
- Lightweight carbon fiber touring paddles
- After you complete this epic, you will be issued a Na Pali Sea Kayak Diploma, suitable for framing and which will look good not only your wall but on your resume.
- Our Guide to client ratio is: one guide to seven clients
- Our guides are CPR/Ist Aid trained and State of Hawaii sanctioned
- VHF Radio
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio beacon (EPIRB)
- First Aid Kit
- See Rescue device
What To Bring:
- Sun protection
- Light long sleeve shirt
- Bathing suit
- Footwear (tabis, aqua socks or tennis shoes)
- Towel and change of clothes
- This is a strenuous journey. Paddlers under 16 years need “guide approval”, in order to participate.
- Participants should be comfortable in the water, in good physical condition and not prone to sea-sickness
- Recommended only for active individuals, couples and families
- About five to six hours of intermittent paddling — This activity is rated “Rigorous”!
- **Solo paddlers paddle doubles with either guide or another client.
Before you sign up, please be aware…
This is the roughest and longest sea kayak trip offered on the planet. It is NOT for everyone.
After pioneering and doing this tour for well over 30 years, we have learned a few things. We have learned most of all that this tour is not for everyone. It is a not a tour to talk someone into. For good reason we call this trip: The Everest of Sea Kayaking!
This is the roughest and longest sea kayak trip offered on the planet. Remember not only is it a 17 mile paddle, but surf launching and landings are often the norm. We usually have surf to negotiate at our take out at Polihale. The wind is a double-edged sword. When the winds don’t cooperate it is a long… long… and for some, a very strenuous day. When the winds are up you will “sail,” down the Coast for a price. These same wind that help, can also agitate the ocean and when accompanied by a ground swell,can make your kayak harder to manage with consequent “flip overs” the norm. If you flip over, will you “flip-out?”
Another companion of rough seas is sea sickness. Sea sickness is our #1 malady and is a real concern. There is no refund if we pull you out for “blowing chunks.” A seasick person does not paddle very well and can hamper an expedition.
For many experienced sea kayakers, they find the water off the Na Pali Coast to be generally some of the biggest waters that they have paddled. We have had many paddlers bail out because the seas were intimidating; over their heads; so to speak. As with sea sickness… there is no refund.
Kayak Kauai observes a firm 24 hour cancellation policy (except a 48 hour cancellation for all Na Pali Coast kayaking tours). Any cancellations within 24 hours (or within 48 hours for all Na Pali Coast kayaking tours) will receive no refund. Cancellations made by Kayak Kauai due to inclement weather conditions are 100% refundable.
Safety is no accident and on every tour we pay special attention to this fact. That said, travel insurance is not a bad idea, especially if a “dark cloud” decides to follow you. Find a company that offers medical, security evacuation and rescue services in the event of a medical or security emergency.