- Na Pali Kayak Adventures
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Kayaking Na Pali is one of the great adventure activities one can experience in Kauai. You will paddle 17 glorious miles of coastline that will take your breath away. Conditions permitting, you'll enter numerous sea caves that double as a resting zone.
Your Journey will take place aboard your very own two-person ocean kayak. These kayaks are designed specifically for the open ocean and paddle beautifully. These come with a foot controlled rudder that makes steering real easy. These style of kayaks put the guest on top. No spray shirt is necessary and the kayak will not fill with water if you happen to take a spill.
Na Pali kayaking is an incredible journey! It begins with a 6:00am check in so you can start ocean kayaking when the conditions are calmest. The launch point is at Tunnels Beach. You'll help your guides get the kayaks ready and receive a safety briefing and weather advisory for that day. A crash course of ocean kayaking will be delivered and it is expected that all participates have some sort of kayak experience. This is NOT the kayak activity for inexperienced or new paddlers.
After your guides help launch you onto the open ocean. They'll monitor everyones progress and ensure they are comfortable on the water. The Na Pali Kayak Tour actually begins 1 mile from the start of Na Pali itself. This gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimated to sea kayaking experience and gives every guest a chance to "abort mission" and return to nearby Ke'e Beach. Once you past this beach, there is no going back so make sure you and your kayak partner are ready to do this.
The Na Pali Coast paddle includes 17 miles of ocean kayaking. Although the current is usually in your favor, this is a very great distance to paddle. It is the most physical activity we sell at Activities Of Kauai. You will be in a seated position for a long-time and your adjustable seat is not especially comfortable. Paddling, when done properly should be a core workout. Remember to include your torso in the paddle movement and that will keep your arms from getting too tired.
As you begin the journey south, most of Na Pali is already layed out right in front of you. It's beauty is breathtaking and you learn quickly was this one of the top rated kayak adventures in the world. The current is strong intially and it works with you and you paddle the coast. The waterfalls cascading down the Na Pali cliff line will dazzle you.
After less than an hour of paddling you'll come to the first of many (conditions permitting) sea caves that are sprinkled througout the coast. These caves carve quite deeply into the sea cliffs and in addition to being unspeakably cool, provide refuge from the open water. You'll take a break and usually be permitted to jump into the water. Cool off, rehydrate, and pee discreetly if needed.
You'll continue to pop in and out of sea caves as journey toward Kalalau Valley. By the time you reach this point you'll have worked up quiet a sweat! Don't worry, your journey is only 1/3 done. Keep an eye out for wild dolphins and other marine life. The bird life making it's home on these cliffs is also not to be missed.
There is one stop along the way and that comes at Miloi'i Beach. Here, you will have a 90 minute to 2 hour break. Lunch will be served and you will have ample time to beach comb, hike, or take a nap. The middle option is done up nearby Miloi'i Canyon. which might remind you on the crimson deserets or Northern Arizona or Utah. If you each lunch quickly it's possible to rach the back of this valley before the kayaking resumes.
The rest of the paddle is in warmer conditions. The Na Pali turns from lush ranforest to sheer crimson cliffs with hardly any plant growth at all. Your final destination, Polihali Beach will come into view shortly after departing Miloi'i Beach but don't be fooled, it's still another 2 hours or so till you reach that beach.
Landing at Polihali can be tricky but you will have plenty of help. Your driver will have driven the whole island to pick you up and reads the water. They'll signal to your guides and help them pick out the best landing spot. They'll also help you time the wave breaks so you land safetly. This last part can be dramatic and you will want strong nerves as you execute your final manuver.
- Restrictions For This Tour
This is a very long, somewhat strenuous paddle in typically heavy seas. Don't sign up unless you are up for a good workout and maybe a challenge. While this tour is best enjoyed by people who are physically fit and have some basic paddling experience, you may join us as a first time kayaker if you consider yourself to be athletically inclined and quick to learn new sports. No children under 15 on this tour please. Of course, this trip is not for non-swimmers.
Warning: If you are prone to severe seasickness this trip is not for you. If you feel that you may get nauseous, but not severely so, we recommend motion sickness medicine such as Bonine, Dramamine, or Triptone (over the counter).
- What To Wear & Bring
We recommend you bring a swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt, windbreaker or light raincoat, sport-type sandals or aqua socks, waterproof sunscreen, billed hat with keeper, sunglasses with keeper, towel, and waterproof camera. These items can be purchased at our Poipu shop. We also recommend over-the-counter medication (try Bonine) for seasickness that won't cause drowsiness- best taken the night before the tour, as well as the day of the tour. You may also want to bring an extra set of clothing and extra towel for a more comfortable van ride home.
- Food & Drink
This tour includes lunch and refreshments including spring water, juice, snack bars, deli sandwiches and sodas. Vegetarian available on request. There's lot's of room in the kayak, so feel free to bring along additional drinks and snacks- no alcoholic beverages, please.
- Cancellation Policy
24-hour notice is required for cancellation, 72 hours for groups of six or more passengers. 100% penalty charge strictly enforced.