Na Pali Coast is one of the many reasons Kauai is considered the Garden Isle of the Hawaiian archipelago. This was by far one of my favorite parts of my trip to Kauai.
I explained in a previous article, Cruising Kauai, that Kauai has one main road, but it does not connect. The Nā Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Ke'e beach extending all the way to Polihale state park. It includes roughly eleven miles of untouched coast. The only way to access this area is by hiking, kayaking, or boat. The na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley.
My family and I decided to take a boat tour along the Na Pali coast, which also stopped for snorkeling. While on the tour the guides told us how many different movies have been shot using the tropics in the park, and the Na Pali coast with its interesting rock formations.
I had no idea how many films had utilized the area for their shots! They cited movies such as Jurassic Park, King Kong, Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Hook, and so many more. Also along the tour they also pointed out archaeologists working on a dig, which I found to be very cool.
Eventually we got to a reef where the tour guides stopped the boat, handed out snorkeling equipment, and explained how to snorkel. I absolutely loved it!
Being in the water and getting that close to marine life was awesome. I did however freak every now and then, whipping around to see if there were any sharks near by. As much as I love the ocean, getting eaten is still a fear.
I had purchased some underwater disposable cameras just for this. I wanted a picture of a sea turtle. I waited, and waited, and waited some more, until eventually I was the only one still in the water. The tour guide hollered and said it was time for me to come back. Reluctantly, I swam back to the boat.
No sooner did I climb in the boat get my flippers off, that there in the water, sure enough, was my sea turtle. I begged to get back in but the guides said we had to eat lunch (which they provided) and continue with the tour.
This tour had some of the best views, from the cliffs, to the beautiful turquoise waters, as well as the beautiful colors of the marine life. On the way back to the docks the sunset was stunning. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day.