26 Kilometers long, the Na Pali coast is one of the world’s most recommended outdoor adventures – and I had the fortune to make the trek! It was long, it was beautiful and I ended up with really, really painful second degree burns on my feet… but it was an amazing experience!
Located on the Northwest side of the island of Kauai, the Na Pali coastline (translated from “the Cliffs” in Hawaiian) is a spectacular sight of cliffs, deep valleys, and hidden waterfalls. It was habited by Hawaiians for hundreds of years until about the 1930s, when people realized it was more difficult to live in the deep valleys than in the flat areas of other parts of the island. Kayaking along the coast was a special experience, and I’m so glad I was able to do it.
The kayak trip was an all day affair…you left the kayak tour station at 6 in the morning and returned at around 7pm (about two hours were spent in the car getting to and from the put-in and take-out spots). That’s a lot of hours in the heat and the sun, and trust me from experience… WEAR SUNSCREEN IF YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT THIS!
The water was choppy; some people flipped and some people got seasick (its highly advised to take some medicine whether you are prone to seasickness or not). We weaved around the coastline and into lava tube caves carved by the ocean. We were lucky! At the beginning of the tour the wind was in our favour and we were able to cruise quite easily along the waves. The views were spectacular and the mountains were so green! Kayaking right up next to these cliffs I was able to really feel how massive they are.
It was honestly an incredible experience and something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget. I’ve seen lots of pictures of these cliff sides but when you are there in person… it’s special because it’s an entire experience…Sea Turtles or dolphins in the water, sun on your face and huge green mountains right next to you! The kayak tour was accommodating to all levels of experience and we got a nap and snack break about 3/4 of the way through to recharge. The 26 km seemed to go by pretty quick and by the end of it we were all exhausted but proud of ourselves for making it! Now it’s your turn!