Napali Coast

5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Kee State Beach Park End of Rte. 560, Hanalei, HI 96714
The beautiful expanse of cliffs along the northwest side of Kauai. Considered one of the most scenic locations in Hawaii.

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Full Description
The Na Pali Coast State Park encompasses 6,175 acres of land and is located in the center of the rugged 16 miles (26 km) along the northwest side of Kauai, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island. The Na Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Ke'e Beach Park extending all the way to Polihale Beach State Park.

The na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley.

Although inaccessible to vehicles, this coast can be enjoyed over land by hiking or in a helicopter, and from the ocean by kayak and paddleboard. Charter tours are available on rigid-hulled inflatable boat or catamaran, originating from Port Allen Small Boat Harbor and Hanalei Beach Park (Black Pot Beach).

The Kalalau Trail from the end of Hawaii Route 56 (called the Kuhio Highway) provides the only land access along the coast, traversing 11 miles (18 km) and crossing five major valleys (and many smaller ones) before reaching Kalalau Beach at the base of Kalalau Valley. Side trails along the way lead to waterfalls in the valleys above
To the east of the state park is the Hono O Na Pali State Natural Reserve. It was established in 1983, and then extended to over 3,578 acres (14.5 km2) in 2009. Hiking trails and hunters roads have access to the sharp ridges from Koke Road (route 550) in Waimea Canyon.

The Napali Coast has been the backdrop to many films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Six Days Seven Nights, Tropic Thunder, Just Go With It, and King Kong (1976).

Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
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Beautiful. Best to see it from a boat like a snorkel cruise or dinner cruise. Good view of it from Ke'e Beach but you need to walk down to the beach a ways to get good view of it.
Teresa a
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 10
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Beautiful scenery. We did the four-mile hike, mostly uphill on the way there, with stops to take in the stunning scenery. There is a river to cross at the other end to visit the lovely beach. Try and get there as early as possible as the trail does get crowded! Can't beat the views. Highly recommended.
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
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We saw the Napali Coast on our first trip to Hawaii. We were on a cruise which the last day was in Kauai. As we were sailing by the coast, the sights were just beautiful. There were waterfalls everywhere. Everything was so green. Our brother stood outside on the deck and took hundreds of pictures as were west sailing by.
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
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A spectacular rugged area on western Kauai. Home of early Hawaiians. Best viewed from watercraft that can slip in and out...Hanalei has rentals. One will take you as a paddler in an outrigger to the big boat. Come prepared to do some fun snorkeling. Best March or later. Avoid rough Winter.
Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
Unfortunately, due to lack of time and preparation, we did not do the full trail, but rather, the out and back four-mile round-trip trek. This hike is moderate for most, strenuous for some, dependent on your level of fitness. It's nearly all uphill on the way in, but coming out of course is mostly downhill. The views are amazing!
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