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
WHEN AND WHERE:
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
WHAT TO BRING:
Light long sleeve shirt
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.