Napali Snorkel Adventure

Napali Snorkel Adventure-Hanalei

Duration 4 Hours

Adults $315

Children 5-12 $315

Check in at 6:15 a.m. and 6:45a.m.

For safety, no pregnant women or children under 6 allowed on this tour.

Napali means “the cliffs"

If you are ready for adventure, we are ready for you! On Kauai, there is only one licensed boat tour company departing from Hanalei Bay that offers Napali Coast Hanalei Tours, and that’s us, Holo Holo Charters. If you are looking for the ultimate Hawaiian Napali Coast Hanalei Tours, then this is the one for you! (This tour operates seasonally from April through October)

Napali Coast Hanalei Tours
Get up close and personal to the majestic Napali Coast on our custom-built rafts while we explore sea caves, lava tunnels, waterfalls, and hidden beaches. To top off the experience, we will stop for a brief snorkel session at a tropical reef for a view of the underwater world below. Book now for your Napali Coast Hanalei Tours.

Our custom-built, rigid-hull inflatables (RHIB’s) were designed for getting you to the Napali Coast in record time from Hanalei. Our RHIB’s may look like a typical raft, but they don’t act like one! Our vessels have some notable amenities that set them apart from the rest, including powerful (225hp!) twin outboard motors, bench seating that faces forward (so you’re not sitting sideways all day, craning your neck), a marine head (bathroom), and sunshade (while parked).

Adventurer II and Adventurer III launched in 2012 and 2013 and have spent their summers taking people on boat tour adventures, right out of Kauai’s beloved Hanalei Bay. This Napali Adventure & Snorkel is a fantastic boat tour for people staying on the north shore of Kauai, or for anyone that wants to get up-close and personal to the Napali Coast.

(What happened to Adventurer I, you may wonder. The original vessel, Ocean Adventurer, was a leased vessel operating for the first season of Hanalei departures while we built Adventurer II and Adventurer III from the hull up.)

Your Napali Coast boat tour actually begins at the iconic Tahiti Nui Restaurant in the heart of Hanalei town. There, you will greet our friendly staff, grab your gear (we will provide dry bags for your items), and shuttle you to the world-famous Hanalei Bay. Our shuttle catamaran, Holo Moku (another one of our custom-built vessels) will meet you on the shores of Black Pot Beach Park, to take you down the Hanalei River and into the bay past the Hanalei Pier. We’ll tie up to the tour vessel for a dry transfer as you step aboard, stow your gear, and grab a seat.

After a short briefing from your Captain, we’ll toss the mooring lines, hit the coast and start peeling our eyes for wildlife such spinner dolphins, turtles, sea birds, and maybe even goats along the cliffs! It’s also not at all uncommon to see hikers, braving the notoriously brutal Kalalau Trail.

Our Kauai-built RHIB’s are excellent vessels for Napali boat tours because they’re quick and nimble and the perfect size to explore all the nooks and crannies of the coast. They allow us to get under the waterfalls and into caves (ocean and weather permitting), like the incredible Open Ceiling Cave. As you’re cruising along, your captain and crew will point out all the hidden beaches along the way like: Tunnels, Ke’e, Hanakapi’ai, Kalalau, Honopu, Miloli’i, and so many more.

Sit back and enjoy the stories about history and legends of the coast, facts about wildlife, and how this beautiful island was created. Our crew are here to show you an unforgettable time, and to help you in every way. Please don’t be shy if you have a question or if you need anything during your Napali Coast boat tour.

Using his or her discretion, and depending on ocean conditions, your captain will choose an area to stop and snorkel for around forty (40) minutes. We provide fins, goggles, and snorkels in every shape and size and will offer flotation devices (pool noodles) for those who need a little extra support in the water. Your safety is our number one priority, we will be there for you, above everything else, to assist in making this a safe and memorable adventure.

If you don’t feel like snorkeling, just kick back on the boat and soak in all the gloriousness of the Napali Coast! If you need a break from the sun, we’ve got a nice shade canopy we’ll roll out over part of the vessel. If you want maximum sunshine, go forward. It’s all up to you—it’s your Napali Coast boat tour!

Our snorkel spot is usually our lunch spot too—we’ve got fresh deli-style sandwiches, chips, island juices and a Kauai Kookie to enjoy for lunch. Once we’re all on board and fed, we’ll turn it around to soak up all those “salty hair, don’t care” vibes on our way back to beautiful Hanalei Bay, where you can carry the magic with you, into the afternoon, on Kauai’s unbelievable north shore.

Deli Lunch
Lunch Selection: Turkey Ciabatta, Veggie Ciabatta, or Gluten Free/Vegan
Mixed Green Salad, chips, cookies
Beverages Include: Bottled Water, Assorted Soft Drinks and Island Juices
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide any alterations to this menu and can’t offer any gluten-free options; you may pack your own food if you have dietary restrictions.

Your Tour Includes
Napali Coast, with a dramatic departure from Hanalei Bay
Delicious sandwich lunch
All snorkeling equipment and instruction
We commonly see dolphins, sea turtles, and tons of tropical fish on this tour.
Tour Details
Check in at 6:30 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. at our Hanalei location (please call for check-in time).
For safety, no pregnant women or children under 5 allowed on this tour.
4 Hour Kauai Boat Tour
Note that tours often fill up 3 – 5 days in advance. Booking your tour early in your vacation window is a good idea in case the weather forces us to postpone your tour.

For safety, no pregnant women or children under 5 allowed on this tour.

We pride ourselves on creating fun and memorable ocean adventures for our guests. Your safety is our top priority; therefore, all tour routes, destinations, and snorkeling activities are dependent on ocean and weather conditions. Conditions around Kauai can change quickly, so our expert captains are constantly analyzing and may wait until check-in time to determine the best route for the day. If that occurs, you will have the opportunity to go on the altered tour, reschedule to another day, or cancel your tour at no charge if it is weather related.

We recommend that all guest bring a light jacket and a towel with them for extra comfort in case the weather is not as warm as usual the day of the tour.

Disclaimer: This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It may not be suitable for individuals who are physically challenged. Those who suffer from motion sickness should take precautions. Safety and your experience are always our top priority. Ocean conditions can sometimes turn rough, therefore all tour routes and destinations are subject to change due to weather. Snorkeling depends on ocean conditions. Please review our full Passenger Policy here.


COVID-19 Statement

Holo Holo Charters knows the importance of protecting beautiful Kaua’i. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our guests, employees, and small island community. We look forward to providing safe and exciting ocean adventures for you, our extended ‘ohana.

We are taking additional care to minimize the risks associated with travel and group activities. We ask that all guests follow the guidelines below and practice care with health and hygiene. If you or any member of your party has been feeling ill, please let us know as soon as possible.

Guests are required to complete a digital health waiver as well as a COVID-19 health screening prior to proceeding on tour.
If you or any member of your party have had symptoms related to COVID-19 including sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. we request that you stay home and seek medical care.
All guests must provide proof of compliance with the Hawaii Safe Travels program. At check-in, guests must present the QR code confirmation page (either from the website or app, a printout or screenshot is acceptable) from Hawaii Safe Travels that states their name and shows the guest is exempt from or has completed the required 10-day quarantine.
Please sanitize your hands prior to entering our office and prior to boarding our vessel. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times. Maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and other guests who are not a part of your family/group whenever possible.
Please cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Holo Holo Charters – COVID-19 Company Policies

Holo Holo Charters is taking additional steps in our daily operations by cleaning, disinfecting, and updating protocols to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and employees. Our policies adhere to the U.S. Coast Guard’s COVID-19 safety requirements, CDC recommendations, and local requirements.

Our commitment to you:

We have increased our cleaning and sanitization procedures onboard the vessels to exceed CDC guidelines, including physical cleaning with EPA-approved disinfectant. Additional hand sanitizer stations are available throughout our office and the vessels for your safety.
Frequent wipe-downs of high-touch common areas are performed in our office and onboard our vessels.
Holo Holo checks all employee temperatures daily. Any employee having a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to work to ensure the safety of our employees and guests. Each employee is required to pass a health screening before clocking in for their shift.
In accordance with local guidelines, Holo Holo tours are operating at reduced passenger capacity and will be limiting the number of people on all vessels to allow for social distancing.
All complimentary snorkeling gear (snorkel, mask, fins, and flotation devices), are cleaned and sanitized before and after every use, using protocols and products suggested by the CDC.
All onboard meals are served in accordance with state requirements.

Boat Details

If adventure is what you’re seeking, then our custom Kauai-built Adventurer II & III are sure to get you to the Napali Coast in record time! Two identical 40-foot long and 12.5-foot wide Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats are quick and agile, large enough to include all the comforts you expect and nimble enough to get up close to the Napali Coast’s lush valleys, sea caves, waterfalls and lava tubes.

Not to be confused with a zodiac-type rubber raft, they’re made with a channeled fiberglass hull that cuts through the waves. Each vessel is Coast Guard certified for over 30 passengers, but we won’t exceed 25, due to permit restrictions.

The adventure begins when we leave from the beach of scenic Hanalei Bay and shuttle you by dinghy to the vessel which is anchored just offshore. There, you’ll do a “dry-transfer”, stow your gear, grab a seat and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.

Cushioned, stadium-style bench seats allow comfortable viewing for all on-board. Our high speed RHIB’s, combined with a unique North Shore departure brings the Napali Coast into view just minutes after we leave Hanalei Bay, no one gets to the coast faster.

Just a step away from water entry, a ladder is provided for ease of access back onto the vessel and a freshwater shower is available when snorkeling is done. Featuring a small but functional marine head (restroom) on board, and a retractable canopy for shade when stopped but great unobstructed views while in motion.

Cancellation Policy

• Holo Holo Charters reserves the right to refuse service due to safety and/or health conditions.

• All tour routes and snorkel destinations are subject to change or may re-route due to weather and sea conditions.

• All no-shows or tours cancelled within 24 hours of check-in time is a 100% charge of full fare. Larger groups of 6 or more have a 7 day (1 week) cancellation policy.

• There is a late rescheduling fee (24 hours prior to check in) of $25 per person.

Chelsea S wrote a review
Redlands, California


Snorkel Adventure!

HoloHolo Charters gave us an amazing day! The crew was very attentive, they really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was enjoying the day at sea. Very professional from the moment you arrive to departure. Breakfast and Lunch was delicious too. Each spread had a nice variety of choices Highly recommend them, it was a big highlight of our vacation!!

Yuhas82 wrote a review
Denver, Colorado

Where to start? This was amazing. Checked in at the Tahiti Nui restaurant in Hanalei. Then they drove us in a big van down to Hanalei bay, where we then walked onto a small shuttle boat which took us out to the rigid hull inflatable boat, which was anchored in the bay. For us staying on the North side, this was perfect!

Everyone from check-in, to shuttling us to the bay, to loading us on to the boat was so nice and accommodating. Dry bags were provided, as was lunch and soft drinks/water. The views were stunning, and the captain and first mate provided just the right amount of info on the sights but left plenty of time to simply take in the beauty. We were in and out of caves, saw sea turtles, saw mountain sheep... it was amazing!

Then stopped off for some snorkeling at Tunnels beach reef before lunch. Had about an hour to snorken and eat on the boat.

We could not have asked for a more enjoyable adventure! I can't wait to go back to Kauai, and I guarantee I will book with Holo Holo Charters when I do!