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“Amazing!”
Review of Na Pali Experience

Na Pali Experience
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Kekaha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dreams can come true! - Join us for a five-hour experience you will remember forever. Kauai's Na Pali coast is one of the most spectacular attractions in the world. Avoid the crowds and climb aboard a vessel that allows you to have a closer look. Our boats are the most practical size and design for touring Na Pali. Large enough for comfort and small enough to enter and explore ALL of the sea caves! Allow our small family operation to provide you with your Na Pali experience. Space is limited; reserve your tour today!
ohio
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52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Like previous commenters, I went to TA before our trip to find a na pali coast tour. Na Pali Experience had amazing reviews, and they lived up to them! We wanted a clamer ride, so we chose the morning magic tour. We were staying in Priceville, so we woke up early to make the drive down South (note: it took about 45 minutes less than we thought). I read in the forums that leaving the South doesn't give you as much time on Na Pali, but we enjoyed it as we got to see Polihale, which we didn't intend to drive out to. Dan was an excellent guide. The music was fantastic. The cliffs are jaw droppingly beautilful. We saw 10+ dolphins. We were able to spread out and relax on the boat. Overall, just an amazing experience. We would recommend this to anyone heading to Kauai.

Visited September 2013
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New Port Richey, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“WOW!!! What an Experience!!!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

WOW! WOW!WOW! Before we got to Kauai, I looked online to find something "special" to do while we were in Kauai. Got on Travel Advisor and did I hit the jackpot! The only reference these guys need is word of mouth! The reviews went on and on and on and so we thought this is the one for us. I called 3-4 months ahead of time and Nathan called me back very promptly and spent all the time I needed on the phone to put in our reservations. Believe me, we were not one bit disappointed. It was soooooooooooooo awesome! We loved the fact that there would only be a total of 6 people on our boat and truly gave a very personal touch to it. We went on the AM trip 9/18/13 with Dan and he was wonderful! So knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly, we felt like old friends by the end of the trip. How he handled the boat (I am a bit fearful of boats), made me feel very comfortable and even when it got rainy at times it was a fun ride. The trips in the caves, the rainbows (we saw 3!) the ABSOLUTELY mystical music he put on that serenaded us around every corner, WOW! We did take lots of pictures, but Dan was right, the pictures cannot begin to describe the beauty of the sight our eyes experienced! Dad even pointed out some hikers on the cliffs to us that we were lucky enough to get pictures of. The spinner dolphins that swam with us and the snorkeling we did was great! We have snorkeled of Maui several times before but never saw the variety of colors of fish and the close up encounter with a sea turtle as we did on this trip! The snacks he had for us were great to sneak in a cave, get out of the rain and just sit and get to know the other 2 couples we were with. Then again, he gave us more snacks after our snorkeling. Believe me this is no exaggeration of the wonderful trip we got from this experience!. Besides everyone coming to the beautiful isle of Kauai to bake in the sun, shop and eat, take the time with a very dedicated crew to show you the beauty of the island that only the fortunate ones get to experience! We loved it and cannot wait to come back and go out with them again. Mahalo, Russ and Jane Singleton

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very professional and lots of fun”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

I can only reiterate what all of the reviews before me have said. We are two couples from Australia and experienced the Na Pali coast at the end September, with Nate as our skipper and guide. Two boats went together and both skippers handled the slightly heavy swell with ease using throttles and direction to make the ride quite comfortable.

Nate was fantastic, really friendly and informative. The boats are the perfect shape and size so we were able to enter all the sea caves, including two spectacular caves a bit further up the coast where most other tour companies don't go.

I highly recommend this tour company, thanks Nate you made the Na Pali coast a real pleasure for us and our neighbours.

Visited September 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Great ride. Highly recommended.”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Took the Napali Experience the morning of September 23 with captain Drew. There were two other couples with us and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Watching the dolphins was great - could practically reach out and touch them. Drew handled the waves very well and was able to maneuver us into caves that the larger boats wouldn't be able to get into. He also provided interesting information about the island. The snorkeling was also a lot of fun. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Kauai.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best Boat Tour Ever!!! Definitely don't miss this tour!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

I have no idea where to start on how awesome our boat tour was with Captain Drew... We had a total of 5 passengers (another couple, us, and the captain), great conversation, and some fabulous maneuvering in the waves by our amazing Captain Drew. We took the afternoon tour and the water was a bit bumpy, but it was a lot of fun! We got to see some dolphins and they swam alongside and in front of our boat being playful for 5 minutes or so. Then we snorkeled and saw beautiful colored fish and a few sea turtles! Drew took us into some amazing caves and told us the history of the Na Pali coast the entire way. And those views!!!! You CANNOT beat those views! We also stopped on our way back to watch the sunset... which was stunningly beautiful. Do not miss this opportunity with a great company. It's a smaller boat so you have less people and get some of the best pictures. Drew gave us each a few minutes to take pictures of us inside the caves and along the way with the Na Pali coast in the background. They also provided delicious snacks (chips, granola bars, and fresh pineapple) and yummy drinks (water, fruit drinks, soda, etc). Thanks, Drew, for an AWESOME TRIP!!!!

Visited September 2013
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