Updated 12.12.2018: If you’re on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, don’t miss the adventure along Kauai’s Na Pali coast. I know you’ve seen it, even if you’ve never been to Kauai. Photos of the jagged coastline appear in almost every travel article about this scenic Hawaiian island. It’s one of our favorite boomer adventures in Hawaii.
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So, what’s the best way for to experience Kauai’s wilder side? If you’re not a die-hard backpacker, book an excursion on Kauai Sea Tours‘ “Lucky Lady” catamaran that cruises the Na Pali Coast. The scenery alone, with majestic green clad mountains jutting into the sea, is worth the boat ride; but there’s so much more to the adventure.
Leaving Port Alan, in Eleele on Kauai’s west coast at 7 a.m., enjoy a breakfast of pastries and coffee as the catamaran slips by sugar cane plantations and remote beaches. While the Captain tells stories about the area’s history and culture, spinner dolphins gather at the bow in an unofficial escort to Na Pali’s jagged cliffs, sea caves and hanging valleys.
Later, after you’ve had your fill of photographing the jagged coastline, the captain returns to a calmer area of the coast for snorkeling, one of our favorite water adventures, followed by a lunch of deli sandwiches, pasta, cookies and mai tais.
When Alan and I took this half-day excursion, the waters became rough on our return to port offering thrills to beat any water park ride. The bow of the catamaran would rise up the crest of a wave and then smack back into the sea with a thud that included a huge splash of water.
Yes, we got wet. Luckily, we didn’t experience any seasickness, but there were others who did and the Lucky Lady crew took very good care of them.
Be sure to book a morning sail. Waters can be rough at any time but are more likely to happen in the afternoon. If ocean conditions are unsafe, the trip will be cancelled and this is an adventure that you don’t want to miss.
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