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Na Pali Coast | Summer Sea Kayaking Tour

Trip Overview

$240.00 /person

A one-day guided sea kayak adventure along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast — the “Mount Everest” of sea kayaking. This will be a long, impressive day of warm coastal paddling and caving along the monumental Na Pali Coast with your island guide(s). Marvel at sea caves, plunging waterfalls, hanging valleys and secluded beaches. Paddle beyond the verdant valley of Kalalau, past the arches of Honopu, and into the azure waters of a volcanic sea cave. Encounter Dolphins, tropical birds and upon occasion, the elusive Monk Seal.

Later, pulling ashore, you’ll spend a few hours stopping to rest and have lunch on the quiet beach of Milolii. At Milolii you can swim, beach comb, and visit an old Hawaiian fishing heiau (fishing shrine). Polihale State Park, where the cliffs meet the sand dunes, is your final destination. After a refreshing shower, a van awaits, ready to whisk you back to the Wailua River Marina around 7:30 p.m., with your memories of the cliffs and warm sea.

  • Departure Months: April, May, June, July, August, September
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean, Surf
  • Services Available:
    • Guided
  • Group Rates: Upon Request
  • Number of Portages: 2
  • Portage Description:

    At morning launch at Haena County Beach Park: From van carry across sands.

    At afternoon  take out at Polihale: Carry across hot sands to waiting vans

Before you sign up, please be aware: This is the roughest and longest sea kayak trip offered on the planet. It is NOT for everyone. After pioneering and doing this tour for well over 30 years, Kayak Kauai has learned a few things - most of all that this tour is not for everyone. It is a not a tour to talk someone into. For good reason this trip is called "The Everest of Sea Kayaking"! Remember not only is it a 17 mile paddle, but surf launching and landings are often the norm. You'll usually have surf to negotiate at our take out at Polihale. The wind is a double-edged sword. When the winds don’t cooperate it is a long… long… and for some, a very strenuous day. When the winds are up you will “sail,” down the Coast for a price. These same wind that help, can also agitate the ocean and when accompanied by a ground swell,can make your kayak harder to manage with consequent “flip overs” the norm. Another companion of rough seas is sea sickness. Sea sickness is a real concern. There is no refund if you are pulled out. A seasick person does not paddle very well and can hamper an expedition. For many experienced sea kayakers, they find the water off the Na Pali Coast to be generally some of the biggest waters that they have paddled. Many paddlers bail out because the seas were intimidating. As with sea sickness, there is no refund.


Guide(s) State certified and trained in water safety.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) i.e. life preservers.
Sit on top, two person kayaks with foot pedal and rudders
Water resistant bags
Scrumptious, mouth watering sandwiches ( turkey, roast beef, ham, salami, or vegetarian)
Refreshments of tropical juices and bottled water
Lightweight carbon fiber touring paddles

This is one of the roughest and longest sea kayak paddles on the planet.

Locations on this Trip