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Kalalau Lookout – Stunning Napali Coast Views


Kauai is a beautiful island that has spectacular views almost everywhere you look. But, if you are looking for an extraordinary view then you need to visit the Na Pali Coast Kalalau Lookout.

This lookout is located on the west side of Kauai and offers visitors a spectacular view of Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. The lookout is especially beautiful during sunset when the sky turns a deep red and orange. But, the risk of cloud cover during the afternoon and evening is high. To help ensure a clear view, we recommend visiting the lookout in the morning between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

To get to the lookout when starting in Waimea, travel up State Highway 550. It is a 17-mile journey, but will probably take you 45 minutes by car. When you reach Kalalau Lookout, you will be at 4,000 feet above sea level. This just so happens to be the highest elevation on Kauai that can be reached by road travel.

Once at the lookout you will be looking into Kalalau Valley, which is part of the famous Waimea Canyon. This dramatic valley has been the backdrop for many famous movies such as “Jurassic Park”, the original “King Kong”, “Six Days Seven Nights” and “Mighty Joe Young”.

Visit Along the Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail is also located in this valley and is one of the most popular hiking trails on Kauai. The 11-mile trail takes you from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach, which is only accessible by foot or by boat. It is estimated that over 500,000 people a year explore this incredible trail. The trail is a bit challenging for beginner hikers, so if you decide to choose this adventure, be prepared physically and with appropriate gear.

Remember to do your research before starting a hike of this length!

See The Kalalau Lookout From The Water

If you want to explore the Na Pali Coast and don’t want to commit to a long car ride or a challenging hike, check out our boat and raft tours. We at Kauai Sea Tours offer daily tours of the Na Pali Coast, and even have access to restricted beaches!

Raft tours are for the more adventurous, as we get up close to the waterfalls and sea caves while we explore the nooks and crannies on our Na Pali Coast catamaran tours. Whereas our boat tours offer a more luxurious tour experience with sunset and dinner cruise options.

No matter which Kauai Sea Tour you choose, we strive to make sure you will have the best experience possible. We explore the beauty of Kauai, while you get to experience some of the best times of your life.

Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Lookout, Kauai Must-Sees

The Na Pali Coast Kalalau Lookout is a must-see when visiting Kauai. It offers dramatic views that will leave you speechless. Just be sure to visit during the morning hours for the best experience. And if you would like to see the Na Pali Coast from the water, make sure to book a boat or raft tour with us at Kauai Sea Tours.

We hope this blog post has helped you figure out the best way to experience the Kalalau Lookout on the Na Pali Coast. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments.

Directions to Kalalau Lookout

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