There are really two ways to really see Kauai and this is one of them. The Na Pali Coast is absolutely beautiful and there is no way to reach its 17 miles of shoreline by car. Once on the boat, you’ll encounter dramatic scenery that includes gorgeous cliffs, sea caves and waterfalls, as well as sea animals from turtles to dolphins to whales (given the right season). The boat stops at a reef for a bit of snorkeling and the Kauai Sea Tours team knows where to find the best and most colorful fish sightings on the island.
Also important is the fact that the captain and crew are really helpful and seem to love what they do. The captain provided Hawaiian history over the loud speaker during our sail, as well as breakfast and lunch. He and his team were making sure that everyone was having a good time on the 5.5-hour excursion that we went on, especially the passengers who were prone to seasickness (tip — take Dramamine if you suspect any seasick members of the family). The ride does get bumpy, and it’s a long time to be stuck on a boat if you’re not feeling well.
The cost of the Na Pali Coast Tour half-day sail and snorkel is $106 per child ages 3 to 12, $126 for teens ages 17 and older, and $136 for adults. The ride is recommended for children ages 3 and up.