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Na Pali Explorer

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #126 of 240 Activities in Kauai
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Owner description: Tours and whale watches on Zodiac rafts.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
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San Diego, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We did the last Explorer 1 tour departing from the north shore with Captain Jason and Nancy, and had a blast! We were lucky enough to have no cloud coverage or rain that morning, so we got to see the Na Pali coast in all its glory. Since I don't know how to swim, I was a bit nervous thinking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We toured the Na Pali coast with our 3 children on the Explorer 2. We were only 11 passengers on a boat that holds 36 so we all had plenty of room. The raft boat had a hard bottom and cushioned seats - more comfortable then the smaller rafts. The kids had a great time sitting on the edge. Our... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We did the Explorer 1 tour out of the North Shore and it was fantastic! The boat was a blast in the swells. Although, be prepared for a lot of hanging on and sometimes jarring moments, but all in all, my 50 year old body made it through just fine! Being able to get into several caves and so close... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We were a group of 15 with 8 kids ages 5 to 15. Several of us were concerned about the ocean swells and our queasiness but the boat was very stable so no problems with sea sickness. There was also ample shade for those needing it. The highlights were the incredibly beautiful coast and the dolphins and sea turtles. The... More

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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The snorkeling and sightseening trip aboard the Napali Explorer 2 was the highlight of our trip. The 48 footer provides a great ride for all ages. Captain Jason and Nancy were very informative and catered the trip based on the personal goals of everyone aboard. By the end of the trip everyone got exactly what they wanted especially if their... More

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Huntington, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We had already viewed the Na Pali coastline from an awesome helicopter ride, but it was nice to be on the water motoring along. You can sit in the shaded area at the center of the boat, or ride up front and enjoy the spray of water from the swells. The coast line is beautiful but the snorkeling was just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Second time with this company and crew. Great for kids..shaded and with a bathroom! Good size zodiac-small enough to go into the sea-caves but big enough to ride smoothly on the ocean!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

What a great trip! The Captain and crew were fun and informative. They knew the perfect spots to see hundreds of spinner dolphins. Close up pictures and video of these dolphins were amazing. We also saw several whales and actually experienced a humpback whale fully breach! The Na Pali coast line was beautiful and the crew pointed out the profile... More

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Prince George, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Went with this one on advice that it had more desirable features over my first (higher rated) choice. In reality the bathroom touted as a 'feature' was referred to by the captain as requiring bravery to actually use it?? In fairness, the crew seemed competent, courteous & worked to add humour to a dismal, disheartening 'tour'. Once committed through a... More

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Na_Pali_Explorer, Owner at Na Pali Explorer, responded to this review

It is always disheartening to know that someone did not enjoy what should have been one of the highlights of any trip to Kauai. I fully understand your review and would like to invite you back to give us another try. The company is under new management and the boat that you were on is being completely refurbished. On behalf... More

Pacific Palisades, CA
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I was worried that, being in Kauai in November, we wouldn't be able to see the Na Pali Coast, but we were fortunate to have a nice day with calm seas. The captain, Pat, and his assistant, Jason, were knowledgeable and informative. We saw spinner dolphins and turtles and had wonderful views of the coast. The boat went through a... More

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