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Weekend in Kauai: Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Shaka Kauai

I have been dreaming about visiting the Na Pali coast since moving back to Hawaii over 4 years ago. I’ve traveled to Kauai a handful of times over the past 12 months for work. So when we started to think about a weekend trip to one of the other islands, choosing Kauai was easy. Finally I could head over for some R&R.

You know all those amazing Kauai mountain photos you see on the web? The ones with the cathedral cliffs complemented by crystal clear, blue ocean water? Yup, that’s the Na Pali coast. And let me tell you, the views did not disappoint.

Kauai Na Pali Coast

There are a bunch of boating companies that will take you out to check out the coast, based on either the north or south shores. You can depart from Hanalei, which offers a quicker trip or from Port Allen, which is a bit longer of an excursion. For this trip we chose to leave out of Port Allen because we were planning on checking out Waimea Canyon after our morning sail, which is somewhat near the harbor.

We chose a 5.5 hour morning tour with Blue Dolphin Charters. It included a continental breakfast, deli style lunch, unlimited drinks and snorkeling. We were able to get a kama‘aina rate (local) which was nice, but plan on spending at least $100 per person whatever tour you choose. We arrived for check-in about 8AM with about 40 other people. I was a little concerned with the amount of people at first, but the boat ended up being very spacious and never felt crowded.

Blue Dolphin Charters Kauai Catamaran

You spend a good amount of time on the tour just traveling to the Na Pali coast, we all took some anti-nausea meds, which did it’s job, for the most part. You never know when a bit of seasickness might strike so anything you can do to mitigate it the better. We used Bonine tablets which were recommended to me as causing less drowsiness than others.

As you make your way up the coast the views are pretty stunning, and get even more so the farther you go. Not only beautiful scenery but beautiful marine life. I was hoping to see some dolphins on our trip and oh boy did we! They came right up to the boat and swam right along.

Na Pali Coast Dolphins Kauai

Na Pali Coast Kauai

Na Pali Coast Kauai

We toured the coastline which included peeks at caves and waterfalls (which smaller vessels can actually enter) and could even see people on the coast that had hiked out. Taking in all the gorgeous nature is a bit overwhelming. It really feels magical.

Na Pali Coast Kauai

Na Pali Coast Kauai

Soon it was time to take a dip and snorkel a bit. The boat had areas you could jump off into the water as well as a slide! The kids had a great time playing in the water. Unfortunately due to limited clarity that day, we didn’t see much while snorkeling. It was nice though, we needed to cool off and it felt amazing swimming out there.

Na Pali Coast Kauai

Na Pali Coast Kauai

Na Pali Coast Swimming

After swimming we enjoyed a great deli buffet lunch. It was a make-your-own-sandwich kinda spread. Awesome local bread with veggies and condiments galore. I really liked how it was lighter fare, considering we were on a boat and all, who wants to eat heavy and then possibly not feel so well.

Soon after eating we started to head back to shore. The ride back was relaxing and we were able to revisit the beauty we saw on the way out. A trip to the Na Pali coast is absolutely a must if you visit Kauai. Aloha!

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Weekend in Kauai: Na Pali Coast

Want more Hawaii adventure? Check out these posts.

Hawaii Fun: Paradise Cove Luau

Hawai‘i Hikes: Kuliou‘ou Ridge Trail

Island Fun: Waimea Bay and Anahulu’s Shave Ice

 

 

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachel Catherine
    November 8, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    Wow! It looks so beautiful there! I would love to go there again. I went once when I was young and it’s just paradise.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      November 8, 2017 at 12:56 PM

      Truly is! Thanks Rachel!

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    Kendra
    November 8, 2017 at 3:40 AM

    This is so gorgeous! Jealous is an understatement. I live on the east coast and that puts our shoreline to shame!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      November 8, 2017 at 12:56 PM

      Where on the east coast? I’m originally from the Boston area 🙂

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    justine
    November 8, 2017 at 3:39 AM

    omg. you totally vacationed at Jurassic Park. I’m so jealous! My husband was stationed…”deployed” out there for 6 months while I stayed in the cold frigid states. Lame. We only stayed on Maui, but I looooved visiting there. It’s so much fun! I miss the li hing mui sour apples. And i’m incredibly jealous that you live there.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      November 8, 2017 at 12:56 PM

      Lol, yes! I totally do not take the scenery for granted. I need to go back to Maui, it’s been a few years!

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    Lisa
    November 7, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Oh my gosh! Those views are breathtaking! I can’t wait until my children are old enough to travel!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      November 7, 2017 at 5:27 PM

      Thanks Lisa! Kauai is stunning!

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    MoJo
    November 6, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Kauai looks like such a beautiful place! Great photos!

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      November 7, 2017 at 5:19 AM

      Thanks Mojo, its amazingly beautiful there!

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    Jules
    October 3, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Stunning place and pics! I like your blog, would you like to follow each other?:)

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    Brittany N
    October 3, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    OMG this looks like an absolutely amazing trip! I’ve never been to Hawaii but I really hope to go sometime soon! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

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    Rochelle
    October 2, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Absolutely breathtaking. I would absolutely love to be able to see the dolphins this close up.

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    Emily
    October 2, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    How gorgeous! This looks like the perfect way to spend a weekend!

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    Helena Primeira
    October 2, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    What a ride charm, I loved the photos 🙂
    It must have been really fun.

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    Mimi
    October 2, 2017 at 6:18 AM

    Omg! This looks so wonderful! I’d love to swim with dolphins! So adorable…
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    the adventurer
    September 30, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    This sounds amazing!! I have only been to Oahu and would love to see more of the other islands. It must have been so relaxing to finally see the island and take in all its beauty =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      October 1, 2017 at 1:08 PM

      Yes! It’s always such a tease when I go over for work, which I’m actually doing again this Wednesday, lol.

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    Blondedlights
    September 29, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    I love the dolphin and under water pics! So pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:12 AM

      You’re very welcome. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Caroline
    September 29, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    I’ve seen the Na Pali coast from a cruise ship, would love to go back and stay on the island after reading your post. Hawaii is awesome!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:11 AM

      Agreed! Next time I want to get on a smaller boat to go explore the caves!

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    Chelsea
    September 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    I want to visit Hawaii SO BADLY! It’s really been calling to me the past few months and this post certainly isn’t helping calm the urge, haha. So beautiful!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:11 AM

      Lol, answer the urge!!

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    Anna
    September 28, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Oh my, this place looks so pretty. My husband and I wanted to visit here one day. Love those mountain pictures, such a beautiful pictures.

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      It’s hard to take a bad photo here, you should definitely make the trip 🙂

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    Marta Rivera
    September 28, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Why must you tempt me so!?!??! As I sit here in CENTRAL Texas staring at a dreary landscape, I’m swept away to paradise. Siggghhhhhhhh….

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      Lol, Texas has its beauty too! Thanks for stopping by Marta 🙂

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    Jenny
    September 28, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    What a beautiful place! I’m adding this place to my bucket list. It’s incredible!! Xoxo

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      Thanks Jenny, it amazing.

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    Kenya
    September 28, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    My father has told me about living in Hawaii as a kid. I want to get there so bad. These photos are stunning.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      Thanks so much Kenya!

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    Sarah Camille
    September 28, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! Hawaii is on my bucket list and your photos are making me want to drop everything and go there asap!! 🙂

    • Reply
      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:08 AM

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, you need to get out here 🙂

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    Angela
    September 28, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    This place is absolutely stunning! I can’t believe all the dolphins!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 30, 2017 at 8:08 AM

      It was pretty amazing, there were a ton of them!

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    D at Be you and thrive
    September 28, 2017 at 2:46 AM

    Oh Hawaii, I heart thee! My husband and I absolutely love the various islands. So diverse! Thanks for taking me back! xo~D @ Be You and Thrive

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 28, 2017 at 5:47 AM

      Thanks! Sending you some aloha D!

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    Alison
    September 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    This all looks so gorgeous! Kauai is one of the few islands I haven’t been to but I need to check it out

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 27, 2017 at 7:43 PM

      Definitely! It’s heavenly.

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    celeste
    September 27, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    This place looks amazing. I would love to visit.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 27, 2017 at 7:42 PM

      It’s breathtaking! Thanks for stopping by Celeste!

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