Kauai is a lush paradise of flowers, plants, wildlife, and culture, and in many ways, this is a result of the refreshing island rain. From November through March, Kauai is prone to more rainy weather. While the amount of rain is usually not enough to deter travelers from their plans, it will often lead to questions about the safety of certain activities during the rainy season.

It’s not impossible to go on a boat tour during the rainy season. In fact, it’s especially fun on a catamaran cruise. Catamarans are powerful vessels and versatile for a variety of weather conditions. Plus, experiencing the Napali Coast is even more breathtaking with the sweet scent of petrichor in the air. Here are some things to consider when going on a boat tour during the rainy season on Kauai:

The Perfect Vessel For Rainy Sea Tours

Catamarans are the perfect vessel for boat tours during the rainy season. Not only are these powerful boats great at navigating wild waters with ease, but they can also do it during intense bouts of rain. 

It can turn into a bit of a wild ride if weather conditions change quickly. Sometimes the rainy season can make the already rough waters of the Napali Coast even more intense.  If you revel in adrenaline-pumping adventures, riding a catamaran through the rainy season will be perfect for you. 

That being said, the captain won’t begin a boat tour without the confidence that the trip will be safe. The team checks weather reports before departing to confirm that conditions will be safe and which areas to avoid. If the weather gets too rough, the captain may change the route from the Napali Coast to the south shore area of Kipu Kai. 

You’ll Still Be Comfortable

Catamarans like the ones at Kauai Sea Tours have both an upper and lower deck. It’s very easy to stay comfortable and out of the rain on the lower deck. The upper deck has a covered galley that keeps the sun off and will also shelter passengers from the rain during the rainy season.

What to Take With You

When you pack your bag for a Kauai Sea Tour, you’re going to want to bring a few things. We recommend wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a light jacket to keep the rain off of you while in uncovered areas and while entering and exiting the vessel. If you plan to go snorkeling, we also recommend bringing a swimsuit and a spare change of clothes. You may wish to bring an umbrella for walking to your car afterward.

And with all tours, we recommend bringing a camera to capture the incredible memories you’ll experience. Bonus points if it’s waterproof.

Safety is a Priority

Passenger safety is a top priority for the captain and crew. When the cruise departs, a crew member will go through a safety briefing. They’ll demonstrate how the life jackets work, where to access them, and where to hold on when the waves rock the boat. During the rainy season, it’s especially important to listen to these instructions. Some holding onto the handles positioned throughout the vessel may be required.

Because the waters of the Napali Coast can be rough and the ride may become rocky, we do not recommend our tours for expecting mothers.  Individuals with a bad back, shoulders, knees, or hips, anyone who has recently undergone any surgeries, and those with mobility limitations should refrain from taking a boat tour. 

All passengers must be suited for possible rough waters and able to hold on and move about the vessel without concern. 

Be ready to get wet, because it’s bound to happen.

Kauai Sea Tours

Have questions about your Kauai Sea Tour Cruise? Kauai Sea Tours has been providing award-winning tours since 1991, with a history of ten consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. Our team is passionate about creating incredible adventures in paradise, we’re excited to explore the Napali Coast with you. Check out our website for information and reach out if you have any questions about your adventure! We would love to chat.