Regarded by many as the most beautiful coastline in the world
Inaccessible by car, Kauai’s Napali Coast may be viewed by foot, air and sea. As one tour operator put it (and we agree), “It’s nice to explore the coast in a boat because ancient Hawaiians traveled the Napali by canoe. You can experience the Hawaiian presence this way.”
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What Is It?
Na Pali is a 17-mile stretch of coastline on the Garden Isle‘s west side. It took millions of years of wind and water erosion to form these majestic 4,000-foot cliffs (“na pali” means “the cliffs” in Hawaiian) with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and mysterious sea caves. In ancient times, this impenetrable coast protected Hawaiians from invasion, and the waterfalls helped the natives build thriving fishing and farming settlements in the area. Thousands of Hawaiians lived within the Napali’s beautiful valleys.
In more modern times, Na Pali Coast has been a backdrop for several Hollywood blockbusters, including Jurassic Park and the remake of King Kong.
Hiking begins from Kee beach. Boat tours leave from multiple locations, check with your boat tour company. Helicopter tours leave from Lihue.