Na Pali Coast

Exploring The Napali Coast, Kauai

Napali is regarded by many as the world’s most beautiful coastline.

Inaccessible by car, Kauai’s Napali Coast may be viewed by foot, air and sea. As one tour operator put it (and we agree), “It’s nice to explore the coast in a boat because ancient Hawaiians traveled the Napali by canoe.”

Amazing Planet takes us along Na Pali coast, Kauai by Filip Kulisev

Na Pali is a 17-mile stretch of coastline on the Garden Isle‘s west side. It took millions of years of wind and water erosion to form these majestic 4,000-foot cliffs (“na pali” means “the cliffs” in Hawaiian) with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and mysterious sea caves. In ancient times, this impenetrable coast protected Hawaiians from invasion, and the waterfalls helped the natives build thriving fishing and farming settlements in the area. Thousands of Hawaiians lived within the Napali’s beautiful valleys.

In more modern times, Na Pali Coast has been a backdrop for several Hollywood blockbusters, including Jurassic Park and the remake of King Kong.

Access

Hiking begins from Kee beach. Boat tours leave from multiple locations, check with your boat tour company.