On our signature tour, we’ll explore Kauai’s extraordinary Napali Coast, and then voyage across the channel to snorkel the world-class waters of Lehua Crater off the “Forbidden Island” of Niihau, all in one incredible day.
Kalalau Valley Tours
Kalalau Valley is the largest, most fertile valley on the Napali Coast, and was once home to a thriving community of thousands of Native Hawaiians. The valley walls tower steeply more than 2,000 feet above the lush valley floor where people built magnificent, terraced gardens, and tended to fruitful taro patches, the remnants of which can still be found today.
Today, Kalalau is part of the Napali Coast State Park and is managed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. It’s illegal to live in the valley, but every day, a limited number of camping permits are issued to those adventurous enough to get themselves thereby kayak (in the summertime) or by foot, on the notorious Kalalau Trail.
Hikers from across the world come to experience the 11-mile Kalalau Trail which consistently ranks on lists of the world’s most dangerous, most epic, most incredible trails. The trail is steep, narrow and the three stream crossings are prone to flash flooding. There’s one particularly harrowing section colloquially called “Crawler’s Ledge” that’s visible from our boat tours. If we see hikers, we can all bite our fingernails and watch them cross.
Either way, Kalalau (the beach, the waterfall, the “Cathedrals” towering behind) is one of the most iconic photo opportunities on Kauai, so be sure to have your camera ready and don’t be shy to ask our crew to take your group pic. Who knows? Maybe after seeing this Eden-like valley from the boat, you’ll be inspired to plan your own Kalalau adventure!