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Napali Exploration & Snorkel

5.5 Hours | Napali Exploration & Snorkel - Hanalei

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Looking for the ultimate Hawaiian Exploration tour, where the journey is also the destination? Then join us, as we voyage beyond the reef to explore hidden coastlines, sea caves, waterfalls, and lava tunnels along Kauai’s picturesque north shore and acclaimed Napali Coast. Holo Holo Charters is the only permitted tour boat company operating rafts out of Hanalei Bay (April – October).


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Ocean and weather conditions vary on Kauai; therefore, the Napali Exploration & Snorkel Tour is never the same twice and the only destination is the adventure itself. The captain will assess conditions and provide a general itinerary for the day, taking advantage of the best opportunities for sightseeing, viewing marine life, exploring more sea caves or extra snorkeling time or locations. This is the true meaning of Holoholo, to go for a walk, stroll, sail, cruise or leisurely ride!

Our exclusive tour begins the moment you arrive at Hanalei Bay, where you board our custom-built dinghy that will shuttle you down Hanalei’s jungle-like river out to the the main vessel that is moored in the bay. There, you’ll do a dry transfer, stow your gear, grab a cushioned seat, apply our complimentary reef-friendly sunscreen and get ready for the exploration of a lifetime.

Our Kauai-built Rigid Hull Inflatables (RHIB’s) are equipped with twin outboard motors that will get you to the Napali Coast in record time. The RHIB is large enough to include all the comforts you expect (onboard restroom), yet nimble enough to get up close and personal to Kauai’s famous coast.

This impressive 5.5-hour odyssey will wander even further than the breathtaking Napali Coast, giving you more time to explore Kauai’s north shore and snorkel at different locations. You’ll be safely guided to unique and inspiring locations along the North Shore such as: Queen’s bath, Secrets Beach, Anini Beach, and Kilauea Lighthouse; as well as all the famous valleys, waterfalls, sea caves, and beaches along the majestic Napali Coast.

With more time on the water, you’ll experience more photo stops to help you capture more perfect memories of your Kauai vacation. From sea-level, you really get a feel for the tremendous scale of the Napali, as you look up at its 4,000-foot towering cliffs. Make sure to keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and native sea birds often seen on our tours.

To top off the experience, we will stop the boat at one or two of our favorite snorkeling locations (at captain’s discretion, weather & time permitting). Fins, goggles (corrective lenses included), snorkels, and flotation aids are all provided. If you’re new to snorkeling, your crew is on-hand to provide instruction and pointers, so you get the most from your adventure.

After you have a chance to snorkel and relax, you’ll enjoy a tasty, locally made, deli-style lunch before heading back to Hanalei. Beverages including soda, juices and water are all provided, as well as a dry bag keep your belongings safe during the 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 808-335-0815 so we can help create the best experience for you and your family!


Your Tour Includes

Tour Details

  • Check in is at 7:00am and 7:30 a.m. at our Hanalei location (tour specific)
  • For safety, no children under 6 allowed on this tour
  • Tax not included

For safety, no pregnant women or children under 6 allowed on this 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 weather forces us to postpone your tour.

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Disclaimer: This is a once-and-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.

Adventurer II & III: Fun, Fast, Rigid Inflatables

Adventurer II & III are super-fast, modern, rigid-hull inflatable boats. Not to be confused with a Zodiac-type rubber raft, they’re made with a channeled fiberglass hull that cuts through the waves. Twin 225hp outboard motors allow for a top speed up to 30 knots!

The high speed of these rafts, combined with our unique North Shore departure brings the Napali Coast into view just minutes after we leave Hanalei Bay—no one gets to the coast faster. – learn more

Dodging in and out of caves? Hugging the coast as you speed along? What could be better? We really enjoyed our tour with them! A ton of fun!