Trip Report: Kauai 2012 (part 8) Napali Coast Boat Ride


Intro & United economy plus Chicago to Lihue
Sheraton Kauai resort and spa
Waimea Canyon
St. Regis Princeville
Kayaking to Secret Falls
Queensbath and Hideaway Beach
Hiking Kalalau Trail
Napali coast boat ride
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Westin Princeville
Food and Drink of Kauai


Napali coast boat ride

We booked a Napali coast boat tour through the St. Regis Princeville concierge. There are several options of tour operators and a variety of boats and each offers something different. We decided to go with holoholo as it offers a small raft type boat that can get close to the shore and is more maneuverable than some other vessels. It can also go into some of the caves if the surf isn’t to rocky. If my memory is correct this cost about $120 per person for this 3+ hour trip.

We of course woke up early to meet at gathering point which was in Hanalei. There was a total of about 10 people joining us on this trip. The raft can hold around 20-24 from memory. We were taken 4 at a time on a smaller boat out to the main raft.  We chose the seat in the very front of the boat which was not the best idea but turned out ok.  If you have back problems or don’t like the wind hitting you, don’t take the front seat. When you hit the waives at high speed the raft becomes sort of an amusement ride.

They provide lunch for the passengers.  Mainly deli sandwiches with chips, fruit and beverages.  However it is highly possible the food we ate (which was catered from a local restaurant) got us sick.  The water was somewhat murky so most of the passengers didn’t go into the water. We did have a laugh when even the captain said “I wouldn’t go in that water, its too murky and you don’t know whats swimming around you.”  Two guys jumped in for a quick swim but the wife and I just enjoyed hanging out on the boat talking to the other passengers.

DSC00659  Heading out towards our raft

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Pack of dolphins right next to us

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Beautify Napali coast

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Amazing water color

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Some of the caves we entered briefly

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This is Kalalau valley, we were at the top of this earlier in our trip

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Us on the raft with Napali coast behind us

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The captain threw in some Fritos and the fish were there in a second!

If you look close you will see many birds resting on the rocks

We really enjoyed this little excursion as we got to see a lot of the island from the ocean and next to taking a $300 per person helicopter ride this is the best way to see the Napali coast!



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