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Na Pali Coast by Sea Kayak
With over 25 years of outfitting, we have learned a few things. We have learned most of all that paddling the Na Pali is not for everyone. It is a not an activity to talk someone into. You may enjoy someone in one arena, but this may not be the arena to share. We call this paddle for good reason, The Everest of Sea Kayaking!
Sea Sickness is our #1 malady and is a real concern. There is no refund if we pull you out for “blowing chunks”. A seasick person does not paddle very well and can hamper an expedition.
The competency and local knowledge of our guides not only ensures safety but enriches the experience. We have found that our guide program also cuts down on the amount of motor boat rescues that generally take place along the Na Pali coast, especially the roughest and loneliest segment from Ha’ena to Kalalau Valley.
All guides carry
Duties of the Guide(s):
The guide(s) are there to see problems on land before launching and on the water.
Na Pali Camping Permits:
NEW: You can now book on line for Na Pali camping pemits at Kalalau and/or Miloli’i.
Kalalau Valley, located more or less half-way down the Na Pali Coast, and Miloli’i further down, are the only two places where you can over-night camp by kayak. Some folks also choose to camp at the end of the paddle, at Polihale State Park, which is not part of the Na Pali Coast State Park. The Na Pali Coast State Park is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Permits for kayaks are issued from Mid-May through Mid-September (usually until a day or so after Labor Day) and are available one year in advance. They usually book out by noon on the day of release, so you need to plan at least thirteen months ahead. A fee system of $15/night (resident) to $20/night (visitor) for camping at Kalalau or Miloli’i. You can only camp 5 nights total along the Na Pali Coast. Miloli’i you can camp up to three nights. So for example, if you decide to camp at Miloli’i for the maximum of three nights allowed, this would allow only two nights at Kalalau. Polihale State Park(DLNR), which borders the Na Pali State Park charges a $15/night/group (residents) of up to 6 for camping. $18/night/group (visitors) of up to 6 for camping. (these prices may not be current)
Note: No camping permit…no kayak rental!
For more information State Parks Fees and Permits
Permits can be obtained by contacting:
Dept. of Land and Natural ResourcesDivision of State Parks3060 Eiwa St., Room 306Lihue, HI 96766-1875
Or the Oahu office at
P.O. Box 621
Honolulu, HI 96809