Napali Coast Rafting and Snorkel Adventure from Hanalei Bay

A rafting tour of the famous Napali Coast from North Shore, Kauai

Summary: If you are ready for adventure, then this is your Kauai trip! There is only one licensed boat tour company departing from Hanalei Bay that offers Napali Coast Hanalei Tours, and that’s Holo Holo Charters. If you are looking for the ultimateNapali Coast Hanalei Tours, then this is the one for you! This tour operates seasonally from April through October.


Napali Coast by Raft Tour Highlights

  • 4-hour tour departing from Hanalei, Kauai
  • The only Napali Coast cruise from Hanalei Bay!
  • Continental breakfast and deli-style lunch are provided
  • Seasonal, not available during the winter due to high surf
  • Get into sea caves and under waterfalls on a power raft
  • Children under 5 are unfortunately not allowed on the adventure

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About the Napali Coast Rafting and Snorkel Adventure

Get up close and personal to the majestic Napali Coast on their custom-built rafts while you explore sea caves, lava tunnels, waterfalls, and hidden beaches. To top off the experience, they will stop for a brief snorkel session at a tropical reef for a view of the underwater world below.

Their custom-built, rigid-hull inflatables (RHIBs) were designed for getting you to the Napali Coast in record time from Hanalei. RHIBs may look like a typical raft, but they don’t act like one! Their vessels have some notable amenities that set them apart from the rest, including powerful (225hp!) twin outboard motors, bench seating that faces forward (so you’re not sitting sideways all day, craning your neck), a marine head (bathroom), and sunshade (while parked).

Adventurer II and Adventurer III launched in 2012 and 2013 and have spent their summers taking people on boat tour adventures, right out of Kauai’s beloved Hanalei Bay. This Napali Adventure & Snorkel is a fantastic boat tour for people staying on the north shore of Kauai, or for anyone that wants to get up-close and personal to the Napali Coast.

This Napali Coast boat tour begins at the iconic Tahiti Nui Restaurant in the heart of Hanalei town. There, you will greet their friendly staff, grab your gear (they will provide dry bags for your items), and shuttle you to the world-famous Hanalei Bay. Their shuttle catamaran, Holo Moku (another one of their custom-built vessels) will meet you on the shores of Black Pot Beach Park, to take you down the Hanalei River and into the bay past the Hanalei Pier. They’ll tie up to the tour vessel for a dry transfer as you step aboard, stow your gear, and grab a seat.

After a short briefing from your Captain, you hit the coast and start peeling your eyes for wildlife such spinner dolphins, turtles, sea birds, and maybe even goats along the cliffs! It’s also not at all uncommon to see hikers, braving the notoriously brutal Kalalau Trail.

The Kauai-built RHIBs are excellent vessels for Napali boat tours because they’re quick and nimble and the perfect size to explore all the nooks and crannies of the coast. They allow them to get under the waterfalls and into caves (ocean and weather permitting), like the incredible Open Ceiling Cave.

Sit back and enjoy the stories about history and legends of the coast, facts about wildlife, and how this beautiful island was created.

Using his or her discretion, and depending on ocean conditions, your captain will choose an area to stop and snorkel for around forty (40) minutes. They provide fins, goggles, and snorkels in every shape and size and will offer flotation devices (pool noodles) for those who need a little extra support in the water. Your safety is their number one priority.

If you don’t feel like snorkeling, just kick back on the boat and soak in all the gloriousness of the Napali Coast! If you need a break from the sun, they’ve got a nice shade canopy we’ll roll out over part of the vessel.

The snorkel spot is usually our lunch spot too. They have fresh deli-style sandwiches, chips, island juices, and a Kauai Kookie to enjoy for lunch. Once all on board and fed, you will turn it around to soak up all those “salty hair, don’t care” vibes on your way back to beautiful Hanalei Bay, where you can carry the magic with you, into the afternoon, on Kauai’s unbelievable north shore.

Menu for the Napali Coast Tour

  • Turkey: Cheddar, lettuce, red onion, cucumber
  • Ham: Swiss, lettuce, tomato
  • Veggie/Vegan: lettuce, carrot, cucumber, tomato, red onion, avocado
  • Sauces: mayo, mustard, hummus and aioli
  • Featuring sandwiches on brioche bun
  • Assorted Chips & local Kauai Kookies
  • Beverages Include: Bottled Water, Assorted Soft Drinks and Island Juices

Unfortunately, they are currently unable to provide any alterations to this menu and can’t offer any gluten-free options; you may pack your own food if you have dietary restrictions.

Your Napali Rafting Tour Includes

  • Napali Coast, with a dramatic departure from Hanalei Bay
  • Delicious sandwich lunch
  • All snorkeling equipment and instruction
  • We commonly see dolphins, sea turtles, and tons of tropical fish on this tour.

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 Charters also provides an exceptional experience for its guests. The crew is experienced and takes pride in sharing their knowledge with visitors.

Book online directly with Holo Holo Charters by using this link.


Kauai napali coast rafting tour

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