Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Travel List: Napali Coast ~ Kauai, Hawaii

On the North Shore of Kauai, the incredible Napali Coast overlooks panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Along this spectacular coastline, you can walk amongst velvet green cliffs towering into the sky and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys.

The only land access to this enchanted place is via the Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile trail that crosses five different valleys and ends at secluded Kalalau Beach. The hike into Kalalau is often challenging, and sometimes even dangerous, with narrow sections and heavy rainfall that can make the topsoil muddy.

Many hikers choose to break the trail up into two days, setting up camp at the beach of Hanakapiai, then heading to Kalalau the next morning. Camping permits are required from the State Parks office in Lihue. A trail guide is recommended and hiking during the winter months is discouraged.

Even non-hikers can enjoy the amazing scenery. Zodiac boat tours and kayaking trips can give you access to awe-inspiring views of the Napali Coast, while helicopter tours can show you scenic Napali areas that aren't accessible by land or water.

Napali Coast

What is it:
Iconic mountainous shoreline on Kauai's north shore

What to do:
Guided hikes, boat rides, air tours, take incredible photos of the Napali Coast

What to bring:
Hiking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain poncho, camera, food and plenty of water, when camping please consult with a hiking guide

Take Kuhio Highway (Route 56) and head to Haena State Park at the northwest end. The drive is 1-1/2 hours from Lihue Airport.

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