Napali Coast Boat Tour and Snorkeling (+ Niihau)
Step aboard Holo Holo’s 65-foot catamaran for a 7-hour snorkeling and sightseeing adventure. The tour begins with a cruise up the Napali coast before heading over to Niihau, the forbidden island, for snorkeling all while a knowledgeable guide gives you the history and information about the area.
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We had a blast on this tour. Jordan brought his dad, sister-in-law, and her husband out on the all-day expedition to the Napali Coast and the Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau. It was Jordan’s dream to get close to the Forbidden Island after learning so much of its history.
Check out our video below that shares our experience on the Ni’ihau + Napali Super Tour.
Napali Coast and Niihau Snorkel Tour Highlights
- 7-hour tour departing from Port Allen, near Waimea
- Cruise up the Napali Coast before heading to Niihau
- Continental breakfast and deli-style lunch are provided
- Snorkeling off the coast of Niihau at Lehua Island, a small crescent-shaped crater 0.7-miles off the coast of Niihau
- Children 5 and up are welcome on the tour
Napali Coast and Niihau Tour Details
You’re up and at ’em very early for your 6 am departure. But the early start time doesn’t matter because you’re about to see two special sites that are only accessible by boat: the Napali Coast and Niihau. This super tour first takes you cruising up the Napali Coast where you’ll get a view of the staggering (and stunning) cliffs of the Napali Coast. Next, you’ll head to the coast of Niihau, a private island that is dedicated to preserving the rich Hawaiian culture. While you aren’t allowed on the island, the crew will find a great snorkeling spot so you can enjoy the sea life at a spot very few people get to experience.
The tour leaves from Port Allen, on the west side of the island. Included in the tour is breakfast, lunch, and beverages (beer and wine are served after snorkeling). Snorkeling gear is provided, though you can also bring your own.
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FAQ: More on What to Expect
Are life jackets provided for snorkeling?
No, life jackets are only provided for use on the boat. Anyone needed additional floatation will be given a pool noodle to help them while snorkeling. But it’s advised that anyone who is not comfortable swimming in the ocean consider whether this is the right tour for them. The ocean currents can be strong and unpredictable and might not create an ideal situation for novice swimmers.
What about motion sickness?
This is not a leisurely sail through smooth waters. You’ll want to consider taking motion sickness medication to help make your trip more enjoyable. Young kids and elderly passengers may not be comfortable on a long and speedy boat ride.
About Holo Holo Charters
With nearly 25 years in business, Holo Holo Charters is an exceptionally run business that provides a great customer experience while also supporting Hawaii’s ecotourism goals. They provide high quality education to guests about the marine life while respecting and keeping the marine life safe. All of their boats have been designed and built on Kauai by the company owner and the company is locally owned and operated. When you sail with Holo Holo you are supporting the local economy and supporting a business committed to caring for the environment.
Holo Holo also provides an exceptional experience for its guests. The crew is experienced and takes pride is sharing their knowledge with visitors.
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