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Nualolo Reef

Nualolo reef is the best snorkeling along the Na Pali Coast and fortunately for us-is our go to destination for a swim and snack break during our tour! Due to a regulation in place by the DLNR, larger catamarans are prohibited from stopping here which allows only the small boats to tie up and snorkel…

The Garden Island

Kaua’i is home to one of the wettest spots on earth. Mount Wai’alie’alie receives up to 450 inches of rain every year and is one of the reasons that Kaua’i is nicknamed the Garden Island. The amount of rain that Kaua’i gathers is why our island is so lush and green and has an abundance…

Kalalau Valley

Kalalau Valley is one of our most favorite an incredible sights along the Na Pali Coast. Kalalau is the largest valley along the coast spanning two miles wide and two miles in depth to the back of the valley. At one time, it is said that approximately 2500 Hawaiians used to live in the valley…

Na Pali Coast; Open Ceiling Cave

Visiting the Open Ceiling cave is a fan favorite when it comes to the sea caves along the Na Pali Coast! The cave was not always as it is today, it was once a hallowed out lava tube. Over the years, erosion and power waves caused the top of the cave to collapse and created…

Favorite Outdoor Activities (as described by our Captains)

Kauai is such an outdoor, adventure filled island! Our captains have compiled a list of their favorite outdoor activities as a guide for you to enjoy. Kayak down the Wailua River If you are looking for a fun adventurous day on the east side of the island we recommend taking a Kayak tour by our…

Recommended Kauai Accommodations

Na Pali Pirates leaves from Kikiaʻola Small Boat Harbor, which is located at the very far end of the island on the west side. We understand this can be a bit out of the way from where you might be staying on the island so we want to give you a few suggestions where to stay;…

3 Ways to See the Na Pali Coast

The Na Pali Coast is one of the most amazing and beautiful sights to see in all of Hawaii. If you visit Hawaii-more specifically Kaua’i-taking a tour of the Na Pali Coast is a must! There are several different tour options when considering seeing the Coast of the Na Pali. The first option is by…

Humpback Whales in Hawaii

Every winter, humpback whales make a journey from Alaska to spend the winter in Hawaii. They come to Hawaii to breed and to birth their calves before the long journey back to Alaska. The whales can travel as much as 16,000 miles to reach their breeding ground but the whales we see in Hawaii travel…

Honopu Valley and Arch

  Honopu Arch is one of the most amazing sights you will see along the Napali Coast. Honopu consists of two beaches that are connected by the Arch which stands 90 feet tall and is 124 feet wide. It is the largest natural arch in Hawaii and has been featured in several different movies. Some…

Must Do Kaua’i Adventures

Kaua’i is known as The Garden Island, but it really should be nicknamed The Adventure Island, for there are many adventurous activities to do, places to explore and fun to be had. Hiking to a Waterfall One of the things you must do in Hawaii is hike to a waterfall. Lucky for Kauai, there are…

Hawaiian Sea Turtles

The marine life seen on a Na Pali coast tour is definitely a highlight of the trip, and no creature is treasured more then the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, often seen at our snorkeling spot at Nualolo Kai. Hawaii is home to five species of sea turtles. Olive ridleys, loggerheads, green, hawkbills and leatherbacks. Green…

History of Na Pali Coast [Kaua’i]

Na Pali Coast is located on the North-west side of the island of Kaua’i. The  17-mile stretch of coastline is not connected to any roads, makes it nearly inaccessible, except by boat or helicopter. The coastline is regarded as the most beautiful portion of Hawaii, and is the number #1 must do when visiting the island. “Na…