trail. You’ll cross a river and streams, so be cautious of water flow,
flash floods and threatening weather conditions. Bring plenty of
drinking water and always pack out what you packed in.
Hiking Näpali is truly spectacular with incredible vantage
points. Be sure to pack light and bring adequate hiking gear. Be
forewarned that traveling the entire Kalalau Trail is very grueling.
Hiking and camping permits are required and can be obtained at
www.hawaiistateparks.org or at any State Parks office. Day hiking
is allowed without a permit up to Hanakoa Valley (six miles in from
the trailhead). Always be cautious of seasonal conditions and check
the weather report before heading out. It is also wise to let someone
know where you are planning to go.
It is said that ancient Polynesians navigated double-hulled
outrigger canoes across the Pacific before landing on Kaua‘i’s
Näpali Coast. Head out to sea and view the magical shoreline as
ancient explorers once did. There are many options when it comes
to adventuring Näpali by sea. Whether you’re looking for an intense
kayaking tour, a thrilling Zodiac ride or a relaxing sailing cruise,
summer is prime time to partake in these popular options since
ocean conditions are mostly calm and safe. Cruising along the coast
will allow for unbelievable sights: intricate sea arches, waterfalls,
verdant valleys and hidden caves. To experience the exotic and
remote beaches with pristine landscapes and rare colorful seashells,
venture by kayak or Zodiac. Swim in the refreshing topaz waters
where you’ll be sure to spot colorful tropical fish, green sea turtles,
and often, the acrobatic spinner dolphins. With vivid sunrises,
sunsets and fountains of rainbows, you’ll be guaranteed the best of
both worlds—land and sea.
Exploring Näpali by sea is an activity that should not be
attempted alone or without professional guidance. The ocean
here is very unpredictable with strong rip currents and sometimes,
dangerous surf. Many companies offer a variety of tours and cruises
to perfectly suit your party.
You simply cannot say you’ve experienced Kaua‘i until you’ve
explored the incomparable Näpali Coast. Whether by air, land or
sea, experience for yourself the many reasons why there is no other
place like this on Earth.
-By Jasmine Malia Kessel