Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Kauai Travel Planner 2016-2017
800-262-1400 25 Nāpali Coast Epic beauty is epitomized by the drama of the cliffs and valleys, density of the lush forestry and serenity of the undisturbed white-sand coves of Kaua'i's Nāpali Coast. Once home to early ocean voyagers from Polynesia, the coast still possesses rock walls and agricultural terracing that preserve evidence of the early residents' sophisticated irrigation systems and traditional culture of fishing, growing taro and trading by foot trail and canoe. Today, its remote isolation and magical peacefulness create a true escape. Vivid colors of its foliage and waters, flawless, undisturbed inlets and dramatic valley depths evoke pure awe and wonder. There are many angles from which to immerse yourself in the splendor of the Nāpali Coast--- consider taking in this majestic site from the air, sea or land. Appreciate the grand scale and beauty of these enormous cliffs by doing an air tour (helicopter or fixed-wing) and observe otherwise-unseen valleys that cut into the mountainsides. Survey the vast peaks of Nāpali Coast from Pacific waters and get a glimpse of what early Hawaiians felt as their canoes reached Kaua'i. Paddle with a guided kayak tour in the summer or take a Zodiac or catamaran boat tour along the coastline for stunning scenery. You can also access the coast through the single 11 -mile trail that crosses five valleys and ends at the beach. Potentially muddy, slippery and steep, the Kalalau Trail is rigorous but rewarding as you wander a path surrounded by rich greenery. Don't want to hike the entire trail? Walk along a short section just beyond Hā'ena State Park and turn back when you're ready. For a truly engaging escapade, camp mid-trek (by permit only) at Hanakoa, at the end of Kalalau Beach. From any perspective, the Nāpali Coast is an iconic sensation special to Kaua'i. FEATURED ATTRACTION Max Seigal Nāpali Coast KALALAU TRAIL This difficult and strenuous trail (11 miles each way) was originally built in the late 1800s, but portions of it were rebuilt in the 1930s.
Island of Hawaii Travel Planner 2017-2018