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Boat, Hike, or Fly: What’s the Best Way to See the Na Pali Coast?

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The Na Pali Coast is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you’re looking for a breathtaking vacation spot, look no further! There are three main ways to explore the Na Pali Coast: by boat, by hike, or by helicopter. Each option has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we will discuss each option in detail and help you decide which is the best way for you to see this incredible natural wonder!

Helicopter Tours of the Na Pali Coast

A helicopter tour is an exciting way to see the Na Pali Coast if you’re looking for an adventurous experience. You’ll get incredible views of the coast from above as you cruise along in a helicopter. Helicopter tours typically last around 30 minutes, so they are a great option if you only have limited time to explore the area. One downside of helicopter tours is that they can be much more expensive when compared to hiking or a boat tour.

Hiking the Na Pali Coast

Hiking is a great option for those who want to get up close and personal with nature. The Kalalau Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the Na Pali Coast area. It’s an 11-mile round trip hike that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery on the island. The downside of hiking is that it can be quite strenuous, so make sure you’re up for the challenge before you embark on this long adventure.

Boat Tours of the Na Pali Coast

A boat tour is a perfect way to see the Na Pali Coast if you’re looking for a relaxing and leisurely experience. You can sit back and enjoy the incredible views as you cruise along the coast. Boat tours can last from around two hours up to six hours, so you can choose a tour that works best for your vacation.

Boat tours allow you to view the Na Pali Coast up close and personal like hiking does, without the strenuous effort. And like helicopter tours, raft tours offer an adventurous way to explore the beauty of the Na Pali coast without the big price tag. Raft tours have the advantage of being able to go into sea caves and behind waterfalls along the coast, giving you a truly unique experience.

We at Kauai Sea Tours offer both boat and raft tours of the Na Pali Coast, with options for snorkeling, beach landings,dinner cruises, sunset cruises, and whale watching tours.

What Tour is Right For Your Visit to Kauai?

So, which is the best way for you to see the Na Pali Coast? It depends on your budget and how much time you have to explore the area. If you’re looking for an up-close and personal experience with nature, hiking is a great option. If you’re looking for an adventurous experience, a helicopter or raft tour is probably the best option for you! And we may be biased, but if you want the best range of options we think a boat tour from Kauai Sea Tours is the best way to explore the Na Pali Coast.

No matter what you choose, you’re going to have an incredible time exploring the natural wonder of Kauai’s coasts! Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post helped you decide how to best see the Na Pali Coast on your next vacation. Safe travels!

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