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Reviewed March 23, 2017

The tour was amazing!!! My friend and I went on the Snorkel and Rafting Adventure, and it really was an unforgettable trip! Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into because it is quite the wild ride. If you're up for some thrills and have a positive attitude (and no bad back), this tour is for you!

The boat was like a zodiac raft, and we all sat on the edge of the raft and hung onto the ropes so we wouldn't fall off! (But, they said they've never had anyone fall out before). Luckily the waters were pretty calm most of the time; at some points we were really bouncing on the waves which made it exciting and made you grip the ropes pretty tightly! It was like a roller coaster ride. My back was a little sore by the end of the tour but it was a small price to pay for a fantastic day.

We went into three different sea caves which were super cool. In one of them, the ceiling had caved in many years ago, revealing a bright blue sky above us. It was so beautiful, I could barely believe it was real. Larger boats can't go into the sea caves, so be sure to choose the adventure tour if you want to see those.

We saw just about all the wildlife you could see in the ocean (except for sharks), and the crew was sure to be safe and respectful when near the animals. We floated near a beautiful large turtle and cruised with a pod of about 70 spinner dolphins who put on a show for us! Even though it was the end of whale season, we also saw a mother whale teaching her newborn baby how to dive down into the water. We even saw 3 monk seals, and it's rare to even see one swimming in open water. The ocean has so many wonders!

We also got to hop out of the boat a couple times and got to snorkel at the end. The water was so blue, clear, and refreshing!

I get seasick easily, so I was expecting to get a little queasy. Even though I took Dramamine and ate ginger beforehand, I did throw up midway through the tour. But it wasn't a big deal (aim outside of the boat) and I STILL had a great time. Most of the ride you're going really fast and the wind is in your face so it's fine; it was only when we stopped that I would start feeling a little wobbly.

Jordan and Shane were our crew members and they were the best tour guides ever!! I'm from O'ahu so I wasn't expecting to learn much on the tour but I was super impressed. Both born and raised on Kaua'i, they told us Hawaiian legends, explained the history of some of the villages that were located along the Na Pali coast, taught us about the rock and lava formations, knew a lot about the sea life, pointed out hikes to go on, and told us about life on Kaua'i so we could get a sense of what it's like to live there. They were also watching out for us to make sure we were safe and doing well. Shane gave me soda to help with the motion sickness. They told a lot of jokes and really wanted us to have the best tour we could. Shane took great pictures of us (see below)! They played great music like some favorites from Moana. Jordan was a great captain: he handled the boat expertly and tried his best to minimize our discomfort. He did some donuts for us at the end! So fun.

Some tips:
- Take dramamine beforehand!
- Apply lots of sunscreen since you'll be in the sun for 5 hours. Especially your thighs & shoulders. Don't forget to reapply midway through the tour.
- If you want to take lots of pics, bring a clear waterproof bag for your phone so you can take do so worry-free. (They do give you a large waterproof bag though)
- It gets windy when the boat goes fast! Jordan said the boat can reach 80 mph. You might consider wearing a light jacket. Hats fly off easily so strap them on tight. Sunglasses are also good as long as you keep them on.
- Wear a swimsuit with clothes over that are easy to take on and off. Think about bringing a towel even though you will dry in the sun.
- Probably don't go in the winter months when the waves are huge. We went in March, but the waters are probably the calmest in the summer.
- Be ready for a wild ride!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Lindsey_Kehaulani
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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Captain Shawn and Jamie were so accommodating. They gave so much history of this old island. Truly shouldn't be missed!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Q850XTchrism
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Reviewed March 17, 2017

Beautiful cruise up the Napali coast. The catamaran Lucky Lady is clean, stable and comfortable. It has a capacity of 90 but they only book 45 people so there is plenty of room for everyone...seats, shade, sun, whartever you may wish. Not a great day for snorkeling, but at was due to sea conditions. Snorkelers had fun anyway! The scenery is spectacular. We saw lots of spinner dolphins and whales... including breaching whales, and mom and calf. T

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Hoopoexxx
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

We took a sunset dinner cruise to view the Napali coast. Highlights - we saw lots of whales including 23 breaching humpbacks and the Napali coastline was magnificent. Low lights - there was a high surf warning issued by NOAA which the touring company sort of ignored which made for a very unsettling trip in 4 to 6 foot swells with high winds, the result of which was that 50% of the guess were sea sick and most of use weren't particularly interested in dinner. They should have offered refunds for folks not interested in be turned into a human martini (shaken not stirred) or modified the trip to avoid the worst part of the turbulence.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank PIRwayland
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

We had the best time on Captain Kauai's boat. He and his crew of CJ and the K's were just awesome. Very knowledgeable about the whole area. Saw whales, a goat , flying fish,boobies and the Napali coastline up close and personal. What a fantastic captain and crew. Service was a ++. We came back to the harbour in time for the glorious sunset and moon rising! Just an awesome time.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Lynn G
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