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Na Pali Boat Tour

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Special Feature:
  • Choice of 2 Comfortable Catamarans
  • Native Owned & Operated (Sharing the History)
  • Snorkel at Na Pali Coast
Snorkeling Mask
Soft Drinks
Flotation Gear

Tour the Na Pali coast in the comfort and style in our custom, powered catamarans with spacious decks, comfortable seating, a restroom and our friendly, knowledgeable captain and crew. Experience the 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 Hawaiian captains 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. Its warm clear water has an abundance of amazing sea life.

Other highlights include:

  • Best for all ages
  • Dolphins and amazing sea life
  • Sea Caves Exploration
  • Closer west Port
What to bring:
  • Just bring a towel, sunscreen and we got the rest.
  • Don’t forget the Camera!
  • Dress as if you are going to spend a day the beach.
For Your Comfort We Provide:
  • Deli Lunch, Chips & Snacks
  • 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
  • Flotation Gear
  • Restroom
Our catamarans:

The Makana is a comfortable 32’ custom built Lightning Catamaran is powered by twin eco-friendly diesel Steyr engines (500 hp) cruising at 20 to 22 knots. We are Coast Guard certified for 19 passengers but our seating is limited to only 12 passengers for your safety and comfort.

Na Pali Kai III: Dive in for the ultimate experience along the Na Pali Coast aboard 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.

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Check in
Daily8:00 AM - 1:30 PM5 hoursSee map below for approximate check in location. Directions will be included in your confirmation email & can be seen by clicking the "book it" button.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. To book a private charter or a shared charter, simply purchase one standard ticket for a charter up to 12 people. Trips often sell out so we suggest purchasing your ticket early to guarantee your desired tour day.
Our trips usually run in moderate weather conditions. In the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions, ticket-holders will be contacted and allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a full refund.
Yes, in general this tour is appropriate for all ages. We can accommodate most ages, even babies during the summer since the sea conditions are so calm. During the winter, we aren’t as accommodating for children 2 and under being that the sea conditions are a little different on some days. You may want to check in to see how the weather and condition during the winter.
Both tours are the same and participants will share the same experience. The only difference will be the boat that guests will be on. The Na Pali Kai III is a little larger and powerful vessel that will give you an unforgettable comfortable experience. Na Pali Kai will take from 18 – 32 passengers. The Makana is for those who prefer an experience with a smaller group. The Makana is smaller and will take 12 passengers at most, the ride may not be as comfortable as the Na Pali Kai 3 but its sure fun. Or, If you are interested in a private charter with 12 passengers or less than the Makana would perfect! More than 12? Give us a call for the Na Pali Kai 3 to see how we can accommodate your party.
Smaller group as we offer a personalized tour, we see more of the Na Pali Coast in a shorter amount of time giving us more time to show you the coast and to share the Hawaiian history, Our boats are built for the Na Pali Coast to see in and out in a much better perspective. We leave from Kikiaola small boat harbor which is the closest west harbor to the Napali Coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, 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
We will provide drinks, a deli lunch and snacks. However, feel free to bring additional food, drinks, or snacks.
Usually we don’t get wet on the boat. However, if it rains or if it is a windy day you may get an occasional spray from the water.
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.
Yes! We provide all snorkel gear and flotation devices, you may also bring your own. If you require prescription or optical masks we have a variety of them to choose from.
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.
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.
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, and sunscreen. We provide cold drinks, a deli lunch, fruits & snacks.
Yes, both of our boats are equipped with a restroom for your convenience. The Makana is a little smaller due to being a smaller vessel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, all participants must sign a liability waiver before the tour. Any participants under the age of 18 must have an accompanying adult sign the waiver for them.
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 and sit in a seat on board then we recommend going on the Na Pali Coast Tour on the Na Pali Kai 3.
Yes, parking will be available at the meeting location. Detailed directions will be provided immediately upon purchase.
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Choose the tour you are interested in, click the red “Book It” button adjacent to the tour information, and complete the booking form.
Most companies, if not all, require you to call them if you're trying to book something 2-3 days in advance. Do you really want to be spending your valuable time in Hawaii calling around to desperately find something that is available to do? While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or an increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
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Check In Location
Kaumualii Highway, Kekaha, Kauai County, Hawaii, United States 96752
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: Custom policy
  • Cancellations made 3 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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5 reviews, 0 comments
Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(4.8 of 5)
After checking out multiple charter tours of the Na' Pali Coast, my friends and I settled on Makana Charters and we were not disappointed. The boat was small enough for the group on board to be small (about 15 people) and large enough that you didn't feel every single wave on the water, making for a comfortable ride. We took the snorkeling tour of the Na' Pali Coast which had us touring the entire ... moreNa' Pali coastline for the first half of the trip, and snorkeling and lunch on the way back. Our captain Darrel and crew member Kylen shared the history of the coast and the island and we moved along, pointing out every point of interest, and slowing down when needed to allow people to take it all in. We boated into the sea caves, slowed to view sea life (including sea turtles), and when a school of dolphins came upon us, our captain stopped the boat to allow everyone to watch the dolphins and take pictures. On the way back we stopped near a cove for snorkeling, swimming and lunch before making our way back. This half day tour was a great way to see the coast, while also having plenty of time in the afternoon for other adventures. We will definitely return to Makana Charters on future
Fabulous private tour this afternoon. Rob and Wilton were fantastic and passionate about their jobs which made us all fall more in love with this beautiful island. If debating helicopter, ATV, hike - I've done them all and this by far is the best way to see this side of the island. Treat of a lifetime - thank you thank you!
It was a beautiful boat, perfectly set up for touring the coast. Captain Rob, Daryl, and Steve were all very friendly and knowledgable. Rob balanced time to stop for us to see many dolphins and whales that were around us, and also kept cruising along to allow us to see the entire Na Pali Coast.We had a great lunch, and stopped for snorkelling for just enough time- not too long, not too short. The ... morecrew answered all of our questions and shared stories along the way.The tour was PERFECT. Thank You!
This is a must do activity to do.family friendly and very formative crew
It was wonderful. A must do. The crew was very informational. They took the time, even though the water wasn't appropriate for snorkeling , to go whale watching!  The only complaint, and I mean only is that you could not hear good, if the microphone /speaker had of worked, it would have been PERFECT. Thanks for a great time!