Na Pali Riders
Na Pali Riders
4.5
Caverns & CavesBoat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife ToursWaterfalls
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
NA PALI RIDERS RAFT TOURS has been in business for over 22 years, taking Kauai's visitors to the Nā Pali Coast on a 30-foot Zodiac© rigid-hull, inflatable raft. Family owned and operated by U. S. Coast Guard veterans. We have made it our life’s work ensuring people’s safety on the water. Raft tours are adventure-packed and include sightseeing the remote and majestic Nā Pali Coast, snorkeling, sea caves, waterfalls, and seeing dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
Kauai, Hawaii
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Michael v
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Do you want to enjoy a slow ride along the beautiful Na Poli Coast line? Then go some where else.

Do You want to enjoy the majestic views from a big Yacht while sipping fruity cocktails?Then go somewhere else.

If you want to ride headlong into a cave smaller than a corner store parking lot and then masterfully spiral turn around it before dashing back out against the waves. Then sign up for Na Poli Riders!

Do you want to sleep in, all lazy like, or do you want o see humpback whales, bigger than the boat you are on, breaching all around you before the sun has even fully breached.
If yes, then sign up for Na Poli riders.

Listen, I am sure there are more comfortable and luxurious boat rides in Kauai. But Na Poli is a beautiful and primal place. If you want to experience up close and before the rest of the island comes sauntering up the coast. Then this is the service for you.
Chris and his crew are experts at providing an amazing experience that you will not forgot.
So pack a jacket and hold on tight for an awesome ride!
Written April 20, 2021
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Thanks for providing an honest review of your Kauai raft adventure. Mahalo nui loa!
Written June 24, 2021
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Timmy B
Honolulu, HI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Best Tour Ever! I was born and raised in Hawaii and really enjoyed the BEAUTY of the Napali Coast from the boat! From the sea caves to the spinner dolphins, this is a must do when in Kauai. Everyone working with Napali Riders were Very Professional and Knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour company to my Family and Friends and be confident that they would have an Awesome Experience!
Written July 20, 2020
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Brielle F
Sykesville, MD39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We booked this trip last minute and I was nervous at first of some of the reviews talking about how rough it was. We’ll let me tell you I normally do get sea sick and did not on this trip. The captain keeps the boat moving, (usually nice and fast) and I know my fellow sea-challenged friends will agree that moving forward with that nice breeze in your face usually helps!

It was a beautiful day and we had amazing views of the Nepali coast! Saw a sea turtle on the snorkel portion and the captain knows just where to find a huge pod of spinner dolphins. Going inside the caves was so exciting, I didn’t expect him to be able to dart into them so fast but he clearly knows these waters so well. This is a small boat and there aren’t “seats” so be prepared to hold on tight. Maybe not the best for small children and elderly parents but for older kids and couples it’s a super fun day! You don’t want to miss experiencing this natural beauty of Kauai that’s very hard to access any other way unless you’re in a helicopter.
Written August 5, 2021
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Thank you for joining our Kauai raft tour. Thank you for all the tips you gave to our future customers. Hope you had an amazing vacation!
Written August 21, 2021
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crisanta
Hillsborough, CA12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was January and all the other zodiac boat tours had decided not to sail the Napali Coast because of wind and surf conditions. I really wanted to see the coast so we signed up expecting a bumpy ride. What I didn't expect was that we were not required to wear life vests. We were going pretty fast, had little children in the group, and the boat would tilt as we bounced over the waves.

Adrenaline-pumping, got to see ⅓ of the Napali Coast, saw some dolphins and a whale spout but why didn't they hand us life vests? We were offered the life vests when it was time to snorkel but we really needed them for the ride. It would have been so easy for someone to fall overboard.
Written January 7, 2020
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Jenny V
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is a must do when on Kauai. -- best way to see Na Pali coast. Captain Chris is very knowledgeable and his first mate Lindsay is the sweetest host, you can't help but smile around her. If you are older or concerned about a rough ride - ask to be seated in middle or near back. You can tell that both Captain Chris and Lindsay truly want every guest on board to have a memorable time. He went out of his way looking for whales during our trip. And when we found dolphins he gave suggestion to put our go pro in the water and I captured some amazing underwater video of the pod of dolphins swimming alongside us. He even played some relaxing dolphin music when the dolphins were around us. It was a surreal moment and an experience I will never forget.
Written December 30, 2022
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Danika S
Santa Clarita, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is one of the best adventures on Kauai! The Na Pali Coast is beautiful, and the waters are just unbelievable shades of blue. It was very windy and the ocean was rough, which meant we couldn't go through caves or go snorkeling on this particular excursion, but we saw multiple breeching whales! (We were there at the beginning of April.)

I can understand how people may not have enjoyed the rough ride, but if you don't get seasick then I highly recommend this tour! It can be smoother if you go earlier in the day, but it is Mother Nature, so you often don't know what you are going to get until you are out on the water. Captain Chris did a masterful job of navigating the waves, and Brooke was a fountain of knowledge. This was actually our second time taking this tour, and I would consider doing it again... especially with Na Pali Riders!
Written April 11, 2022
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MayorMargaret
Duarte, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Our favorite part of the adventure was being able to see the cliffs from the water, whereas two days before we had been hiking above on those same cliffs. Captain Chris and Brooke were both very knowledgable, as well as being extremely professional and accommodating.
We had 3 generations of our family on the tour, including two 5-year olds and a 7 year old. All 3 of them loved looking at the dolphins and watching the captain feed the fish some of the apple slices. We had a terrific history lesson as we went up the coast, learning about the history of the indigenous people in the area many centuries ago.
I was impressed not only with their knowledge but also with their willingness to help all age groups when getting around in the boat.
I would highly recommend this tour to others, and will be having other family members use this company when they come out to Kauai in January. My profound thanks to Chris and Brooke for their extreme hospitality.
Written October 21, 2021
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Chan Martha
Hawaii2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Despite the tour being cut short due to bad weather, this tour was absolutely amazing, thanks to Lindsey and Chris. The 6 of us booked the morning raft tour. The trip started promptly with clear instructions on what to do. The ride was really fun, a bit bumpy but that’s part of the fun. And the music playlist just made it ten times better. Before the weather turned bad, we saw a group of dolphins, it was literally out of this world. Chris, the boat operator, was very experienced and decided to turn the boat around due to safety reasons. We were the first boat to turn around whilst other raft companies were still going into the direction of the thunder. I really appreciate how they put safety as their first priority. Due to this, we weren’t soaked at all whereas the other groups who turned back later was soaked from head to toe.

Even though the weather is completely out of their control, the company still offered two options: full refund or rescheduling. We opted for the full refund purely due to our flights. The customer service was honestly superb. I highly recommend this raft company, and would love to come back for another tour!!! 👍🏻✨🫶
Written October 2, 2022
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Elizabeth G
Honolulu, HI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
This tour was definitely the highlight of our trip. Captain Chris and Lindsey were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the geography, Hawaiian history and legends of the Na Pali coast. The scenery is spectacular! Best of all, on a zodiac, you can actually go into the caves, which was amazing. The colors of the water, which cast a blue glow onto the ceilings and cave walls, we’re particularly beautiful. One of my favorite memories will be the sunlight sparkling like diamonds as it shone through water droplets blowing off a cliff face at the mouth of one of the caves.

I highly recommend this tour and the company: no frills, but reasonably priced - and it would have been worth it at twice the price! Mahalo Chris and Lindsey!
Written June 12, 2022
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Sarra
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Captain Chris and Mikaela were our guides and this tour was definitely one of my trip’s highlights! It definitely gets bumpy, but it’s so worth it - we booked the early AM tour, we were greeted by dolphins, saw a sea turtle when we went snorkelling and saw of course the amazing Na Pali Coast. Watch out as this is not a cruise as they very well explained, but if you’re there for it you will have an awesome experience. Capt. Chris’ playlist was also on point. You can also tell how passionate he is about the sea and the water, and he shared with us interesting information about the island. Mikaela also made us feel very safe when snorkelling and was regularly checking in on our group, loved her chirpy personality. All in all I’d recommend, just make sure you know what you’re getting into and you’ll enjoy a hell of a ride!
Written July 6, 2022
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