There are more than 20 companies on Kauai offering boat excursions to Na Pali Coast. The vessels include Zodiac inflatables, power catamarans, sailing catamarans, and cabin cruisers. Excursions are offered in the morning or afternoon and generally last from four to five hours.
Most tours include a stop at a reef area for lunch or snacks and snorkeling or SCUBA (gear is provided). The captain and crew also share their knowledge of the area’s history and legends. As a bonus, many trips to Napali include encounters with exotic sea life, including spinner dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals and even humpback whales (whale watching in Hawaii is from December through May).
Our favorite company to go sailing with, and we know them all, is Capt. Andy’s boat tours. Their slogan is “Nobody has more fun!” and their attentive crew does not disappoint. We recommend springing a few extra dollars for their luxury tours aboard the Southern Star. It’s well worth it.
When to Visit
Summer is the best time to visit the Napali Coast via boat, as sea conditions are generally milder. During the winter months, excursions are held as ocean conditions allow.
Need To Know
It’s recommended that you book your adventure as early as possible in your vacation to allow yourself enough time to reschedule if necessary (rescheduling happens often due to weather).
Prices generally range from $60 to $120 per person, with discounts available for children. Most tours have minimum age requirements.