The Napali Coast is an awe-inspiring 16-mile roadless stretch of nature’s grandeur along the northwest coast of Kauai, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island. Sheer, verdant cliffs plunge thousands of feet into aquamarine waters teeming with sea turtles and dolphins. The Kalalau Trail snakes along the cliff’s edge from Ke’e beach to Kalalau Valley and can be backpacked, but if you you really want to explore all the hidden beaches and coves and inlets of this spectacular coastline, and you’re up for a challenge, you can sea kayak the whole thing in a day. Seventeen miles of sea kayaking makes it the longest single day commercial sea kayaking run anywhere in the world.
We put in at Haena Beach at 7:00am on the calmest day of the year. The downside to such calm waters was that we didn’t get a push from the current and ended up having to paddle about 1,000 more strokes. The plus was that the waters were so clear we could see the bottom 80 feet down and the whole experience became like 6 hours of paddling through liquid crystal.
Definitely on my top 10 list of spectacular nature adventures. Join me next time — look for more upcoming Kauai retreats in the fall of 2016!