Na Pali Kai III Snorkel Excursion

Na Pali Kai III Snorkel Excursion

West Side-Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor

Duration 5 Hours

Morning and Afternoon Tours

Adult (13 years and older) $169
Child (3-12 years old) $139
Private Charter (up to 38 passengers) $5,049

Join us on a Na Pali Coast tour aboard the 49 foot catamaran the Na Pali Kai III.

Tour the Na Pali coast, one of the Top 10 Wonders of the World in comfort and style on our custom powered 49ft. catamaran. Relax and enjoy aboard our spacious deck with comfortable seating and a restroom for your convenience. Experience Na Pali with descendants of the Na Pali coast. Our family is proud to be one of the last native Hawaiians who lived and farmed taro in Kalalau valley. Our knowledgeable and friendly Captain and Crew will take you on a personalized tour into a pristine natural environment sharing the legends, local lore, and natural history that have been passed on for generations. Explore sea caves and snorkel at one of the islands best beaches, Nu’alolo Kai. It's warm clear water has an abundance of amazing sea life.

The trip departs from Kikiaola Harbor and we start the cruise by exploring the rugged cliffs that line Kauai’s scenic Na Pali coast and hopefully catch sight of the dolphins that often swim alongside the boat. Once at sea we will ride along the Polihale shoreline to glimpse the pristine beaches and abundant vegetation that scale the surrounding ridges. As we continue pass the waterfalls that scatter along the Kalalau Valley, we will eventually make our way to several coastal caves for a bit of exploring. To end the trip we will spend an hour enjoying lunch, relaxing, and taking some time to snorkel the crystal-clear waters.


Local Deli Style Lunch choices of Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Vegetarian, snacks, Local Juices, soft drinks are included in your trip! We typically will enjoy lunch near the end of the trip when we take a break to snorkel. Alcohol will not be served, however you are welcome to bring it along but can only consume alcoholic beverages after snorkeling for safety reasons


Tour Times:

Morning Tour Check in @ 8:00 am; 8:30 am Departure
Afternoon Tour Check in @ 1:30 pm; 2:00 pm Departure
Tour Includes:

Gourmet Deli Lunch, Chips & cookies
Complete top of the line snorkel equipment
Cold beverages mix of local juices, bottled water and a mix of soft drinks
Cushioned Seats
Fresh Water Shower
Shaded Cabin
Floatation Gear
Children must be at least 3 years of age.
Pregnancies are allowed ONLY with an approved doctors note up to 22 weeks.

Up to 32 passengers
Family Friendly
Deli Lunch
Snacks and Cold Drinks
Top Snorkel Equipment


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do we snorkel?

We provide about 1 hour for snorkeling and Lunch. We plan to snorkel at Makole, Ke’e Beach (tunnels) Nualolo Kai or Kekaha and Kaumakani if the surf is up along the Napali Coast.

Boat Details

The 49 foot catamaran the Na Pali Kai III. This vessel is equipped with powerful twin 315 hp Cummins diesel engines with Sea Fury surface drives that give a fast and comfortable ride.

This boat is said to be the most comfortable vessel touring the Na Pali coast at this time.

With all the modern amenities such as a large snorkel platform, fresh water showers, a spacious restroom, and forward facing cushioned and shaded seating, you will travel in comfort as you view the incredible scenery.

Daily west-side departures from the closest commercial boat harbor, Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor, offers the calmest sea conditions, longer snorkeling sessions, more time along the Na Pali, and the closest route to the Na Pali Coast Park.

Is there any shade on the boat?

Yes! We have a canopy that provides shade and there’s cushioned seating as well. We have open deck seating, all forward facing and open air. You may choose to relax in our shaded and cushioned seats, or ride in the warm tropical sun on the padded deck seating. Expect the sun to shine in from the sides of the boat as they are open. Therefore, we’d still recommend sunscreen.


Cancellation Policy

All customers will receive a full refund canceling within the following timeframes. 24 hour cancellation notice is required for parties of 3 or less. 48 hour cancellation notice is required for parties of 4-6. 72 hour cancellation notice is required for parties of 7 and up, including all private charters. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price. If you don't show up, or want to reschedule at the last minute, there is a rebooking fee. We will charge half the cost of your original reservation to reschedule or rebook.

What are the chances we will see dolphins on this tour?

Dolphins are wild animals, so there are no guarantees that we will see any. However, our guides have lots of experience and knowledge about the tides and the places they like to inhabit, so it’s rare that we don’t see any.


What types of marine life will we see?

Typically, we will see a variety of wildlife including both Spinner and Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, dozens of fish species, coral reefs, and even the occasional Hawaiian green sea turtle’s.


Will we see the sea caves on this tour? Do you go inside the caves?

Yes! Experience all of the sea caves, such as Pirates Cave (Waiahuakua), Rainbow Falls, and the famous Honopu Archway where King Kong, Six Days Seven Nights, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more famous movies were filmed. We take you right into the sea caves (open ceiling cave, Pirates Cave and more) as long as the ocean allows us to.


Is this tour good for all ages?

in general this tour is appropriate for most ages depending on ocean conditions. Starting at 3 years old. You may want to check in to see how the weather and condition during the winter.


How long will we be in the water?

We spend more time in the water than other boats on the island. Again we let nature rule the show, but will often spend 45 minutes or more at each snorkel site.

What should I wear/bring?

Pack like you are going to be spending the day at the beach! We suggest wearing swimwear or beachwear. It might also be a good idea to bring hats, towels, light sweater and sunscreen. We provide cold drinks, a deli lunch, fruits & snacks.


Do I need to know how to swim?

It is recommended that you know how to swim when snorkeling. However, we do provide flotation gear for those who do not know how to swim.


What about those who don’t want to snorkel?

Not all passengers wants to snorkel, its not unusual as we have none-swimmers daily. You get to relax on the boat while watching some of the fishes next the boat, having a talk with the Captains or Crew that’s on board and having your lunch at the same time, it can be relaxing and fun while no passengers are on the boat.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking will be available at the meeting location. Detailed directions will be provided immediately upon purchase.

Is this tour suitable for pregnant women?

Since we’re the only tour company in the area who allow pregnant women to participate (depending on weather conditions), we require a written consent from a doctor. Pregnant women should consult with their doctors before participating, check the weather conditions, and bring the doctor’s consent upon check-in.

Are life jackets available onboard?

Yes, life jackets for all passengers are provided on board. You are not required to wear a life vest while on board, but we have them available should you want to wear one.

Is the boat handicap accessible?

The Makana cannot accommodate wheelchairs and is not handicap accessible. if you are able to be lifted onto the boat by someone in your party you can sit in a seat on board

Will I get seasick?

Our guests usually find the tour boat to be a very steady vessel. While we hope that no one gets sick, we advise you to consult with your doctor about taking preventative measures beforehand if you are prone to motion sickness.

Benjamin R wrote a review
Toledo, Washington

Amazing tour and guides!

This was an amazing tour. Cam and Tony were so knowledgeable and truly loved sharing their love of the Na Poli coast and all that is Kauai and Hawaii. They were fun and funny. Cam did a great job of getting us up close and personal with some beautiful caves and waterfalls. We got to see dolphins and whales and even captured a few good pics of the dolphins. We would definitely take this tour again!

mmg61662 wrote a review

Beautiful day on the water!

Incredible day and we didn’t get soaked like the pontoon boaters! Very comfortable and not a bad seat to be had. You can only see the magnificent Na’Pali coast from sea or air so this is must do! We were out for a little shy of 5hrs, saw multiple whales, families of dolphins and even a flying fish! Lunch was quite good and consisted of a large sandwich of your choice, condiments, beverage, chips, and a cookie. Snorkel gear was provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Crew was friendly and informative. Highly recommend!
The crew members (Maka and Mikey) as well as the fearless Captain Cody were a delight to spend the day with! They took such good care of us, making sure we had all the food and drinks we might want and providing us with snorkeling equipment. Lunch was delicious.
Snorkeling at the base of the sea cliffs was fantastic! We swam with turtles and fish, and enjoyed the beautiful coral reef. Boating in and out of the caves was crazy! We also had so much fun going off the slide at the front of the boat. It was truly the adventure of a lifetime. Thank you for an unforgettable cruise!