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Na Pali Coast - Summer Sea Kayaking Tour

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What to Expect

A very rigorous adventure, recommended for the very few

The Na Pali Coast a 17 mile paddle

4 paddler minimum to consider this tour a go


Check in at 6:00 a.m. at our Wailua River Marina

Free shuttle pick up for points North

Tour start and ends at Marina

If picked up North, you are responsible after the tour, for arranging transportation from our Marina Shop.

Shuttle departs 6:15 a.m.


After you complete this epic, you will be issued a Na Pali Sea Kayak Diploma, suitable for framing and which will look good not only your wall but on your resume.


Our Guide to client ratio is: one guide to seven clients

Our guides are CPR/Ist Aid trained and State of Hawaii sanctioned


Sun protection


Light long sleeve shirt


Bathing suit

Footwear (tabis, aqua socks or tennis shoes)

Towel and change of clothes


This is a strenuous journey. Paddlers under 16 years need “guide approval”, in order to participate.


Participants should be comfortable in the water, in good physical condition and not prone to sea-sickness

Recommended only for active individuals, couples and families

About five to six hours of intermittent paddling — This activity is rated “Rigorous”!

**Solo paddlers paddle doubles with either guide or another client.


Before you sign up, please be aware…

This is the roughest and longest sea kayak trip offered on the planet. Remember not only is it a 17 mile paddle, but surf launching and landings are often the norm. We usually have surf to negotiate at our take out at Polihale. The wind is a double-edged sword. When the winds don’t cooperate it is a long… long… and for some, a very strenuous day. When the winds are up you will “sail,” down the Coast for a price. These same wind that help, can also agitate the ocean and when accompanied by a ground swell,can make your kayak harder to manage with consequent “flip overs” the norm. If you flip over, will you “flip-out?”

This is not a “beginners” sea kayak tour. If you are having trouble handling your kayak you may be asked to exit 30 to 45 minutes at the Ke’e exit point.

Another companion of rough seas is sea sickness. Sea sickness is our #1 malady and is a real concern. There is no refund if we pull you out for “blowing chunks.” A seasick person does not paddle very well and can hamper an expedition.

For many experienced sea kayakers, they find the water off the Na Pali Coast to be generally some of the biggest waters that they have paddled. We have had many paddlers bail out because the seas were intimidating; over their heads; so to speak.

As with sea sickness… there is no refund for the above mentioned scenarios.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Wailua River Marina in Kapaa
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Return Details
Wailua River Marina
  • Beverages
  • Local taxes
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 16 and under
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff and equipment provided were great. There is no better way to enjoy the Na Pali coast then by kayak. Guides made surf launches and landings smooth. We saw dolphins, turtles, seals, goats etc. the picturesque setting is not to be missed. Loved the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Christine M
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Christine, Glad you enjoyed our Na Pali Coast Iki from Polihale to Miloli'i and back. We try to keep to small groups which keeps it personal as we paddle with pods of dolphins at times. The serene beach of Miloli'i is my favorite of...More

Reviewed 8 August 2019

Unforgettable trip along the Na Pali coast! We did the Maverick trip that departed Haena on Aug 2 and returned to Polihale on Aug 3. Just know - this trip is no joke! You have to be mentally and physically prepared for this journey. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BreeanPojunas
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2019

Aloha Breean, We try and glad you did not find us wanting. We feel it is important to get you prepared/outfiited on land and then get you a guide that will keep you safe, informed, and culturally sensitive to Na Pali coast, while having fun...More

Reviewed 15 July 2019

Kayak Kauai helped make our first maverick trip a breeze along Na Pali Coast for our anniversary. We felt extremely lucky to get last minute camping permits where Kayak Kauai was professional and responsive communications helped us get all of our rentals aligned in a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jon H
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2019

Aloha Jon, We do have an incredible staff both in the office and in the field; thanks for acknowledging us all. With my brother Chino we pioneered not only one day sea kayak tour along Na Pali coast but the concept of outfitting overnight sea...More

Reviewed 9 July 2019

My girlfriend and I did the "maverick" Na Pali Coast kayak camping trip from Haena to Polihale, with one night in Milolii and one in Polihale. All the staff was extremely professional, safety-oriented, helpful and nice. Micco welcomed us the day before and provided lots...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2019

Aloha Lorenzo....thanks for getting the word out. Below is a cut and paste of my response to your nice review you shared with Yelp. "Wow Lorenzo...for someone who does not writer reviews...you are good, especially when I get personally named, which is not often. I...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018

With the Kalalau trail inaccessible due to the flood damage to the Kuhio Highway, my wife and I were left with 2 options to see the legendary Na Pali coast: an hour in a helicopter vs a day paddling a kayak. Obviously we chose the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank T. Greg M
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Aloha T., We are grooming Lisa as a Na Pali guide and in the interim lucky to have her guiding on our Wailua River Sacred Falls tour. Dan and Brian make a good team for many of the reasons you stated. Not mutually exclusive to...More

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