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An Adventure You Won’t Forget During Your Stay at Our Kauai Vacation Rentals

Named after the Hawaiian word for cliffs, the Na’Pali Coast of Kauai is lined by staggering rock formations. It’s an unforgettable place to go kayaking — a favorite of many of the guests that stay at our Kauai vacation rentals.

The Route
The Na Pali Coast stretches for approximately 17 miles, and is lined not only by massive cliffs, but also dark caves and pristine beaches. Kayakers can navigate the Kalalau Trail in two separate sections, each of which contains scenic surprises like waterfalls and native plants.

A good place to begin is at Haena Beach Park, stopping at Kalalau or Milolii before continuing onward to Polihale State Park. Experienced kayakers may make the entire trip in one day, but beginners are advised to plan two or more days to complete the excursion.

The Trip
Many people prefer a seasoned expert to accompany them when touring part of the route, and guided trips are generally available from May through September each year. In fact, kayaking along this route is only recommended during these months, as unpredictable sea conditions can make kayaking dangerous at other times. During the winter months, the coast can still be accessed via hiking. Contact Josh from Napali Kayak for a guided trip.

How to Prepare
When kayaking along the Na’Pali Coast, be sure to bring plenty of food and water with you, as you won’t be able to purchase them once you begin. The waves here have been known to cause seasickness, so you should consider bringing motion sickness pills with you as well.

What You’ll See
The waters along the Na’Pali Coast are extremely clear — so clear you’ll get a glimpse of boulders that have fallen from the cliffs. You could also see a variety of marine life such as reef fish, dolphin and even the endangered sea turtle.

After an exhausting day on the waves, come home to Fern Grotto Inn. Our plantation-style cottages offer you the chance to experience Kauai the way it was meant to be seen. Wander past fruit trees, stroll to the beach and unwind in private accommodations with modern amenities, full kitchens and comfortable bedrooms and living areas. We’re located on the east side of the island in Kapaa and are close to authentic luaus and breathtaking beauty. Please contact us to learn more about your dream Kauai vacation rental.