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“Hike is amazing”

Na Pali Coast State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wainiha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A scenic area offering beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We hiked to the beach, about two miles down the trail. The views are amazing. One of the best things we did in Kauai AND Maui. The hike is pretty difficult. I'm an experienced hiker and I was nervous about all the scrabbling over ridges that make up parts of the trail. It's not that you are at risk of falling off a cliff; it's that it's slippery and you could twist an ankle or have another tripping-related injury. But it was totally and completely worth it for the beauty that you just cannot possibly see from a car, anywhere else in the US.

2  Thank julieAskimagine
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Today my wife and I went on our 35th trip on Captain Andy's (Southern Star Sunset Cruise, though we have done the snorkel cruise and the 2 hour Poipu sunset cruise). As always this was a fantastic trip...great crew (who emphasized safety, comfort, enjoyment and FUN). Sea was peaceful (but on the ocean no one should EVER expect that all the time...something called common sense). The crew (Capt. Rick, Paul. Brittany, Andrea and Hans) were informative, accommodating and FUN! Food was excellent, nicely prepared and served by the crew. And yes the crew greeted us as we boarded the boat and as we departed the boat (as is both the custom and the ALOHA spirit As a point of information, that has been misrepresented in a couple of recent reviews....tipping is appreciated but not expected. One is free to show appreciation to the crew for a job well done...or not (like any service industry). Tips/gratuities are shared amongst the crew just like the restaurant industry. We have enjoyed EVERY ONE of our 35 trips so far on Captain Andy's and look forward to many, many more. And by the way as one previous reviewer suggested, WE ARE NOT employees of Captain Andy's...just VERY SATISFIED customers from Southern California!

1  Thank Dick W
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I'm at a loss here trying to say how beautiful the Na Pali Coast is. I don't know why it's not one of the wonders of the world! It is just jaw dropping. My camera just isn't good enough to take in what my eyes and heart take in. Easily, one of the best 10 things I've ever seen in my life! The only thing missing were dinosaurs! OMG!

2  Thank Traveling O
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My wife and I took a romantic sunset cruise run by the Captain Andy group out of Port Arthur.
We were so lucky - the weather was fine and the seas were mild. This allowed us the opportunity to travel all the way north to the end of the Na Pali coast whereas many journeys have to turn back earlier than that.
Firstly, I must say that the vessel and the crew were both top notch. Playing the Gilligan's Island theme as we departed Port Allen kinda let us know that the tour would be fun. The boat was clean and spacious and the crew tried really hard to relax everybody. When serving drinks and food they made sure that every passenger was looked after with a smile and a friendly word. The skipper entertained with stories and descriptions of the coast's various highlights and was able to navigate his ship pretty close to waterfalls and caves, allowing for excellent photo opportunities.
We were lucky again with the incredible sunset we witnessed on that day. The fluffy clouds and the gentle waves were flooded with beautiful colours that filled the whole vista. I hate this word but I can find no other to express what I felt as the sun set into the Pacific - it was truly AWESOME.

3  Thank newmsie
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Ok, so hear's the deal - the hike is everything that you've seen written up in these reviews. Strenuous, breath taking, worth it - the whole nine yards. We hiked to right around the 1 mile point which was a well-defined lookout area. Everything to that point included really stunning vistas at the 1/4 and 1/2 mile markers. We didn't feel the need, or have the energy, to take it on down to the beach area that is referred to as the "2 mile hike". It was still so worth it though. A few bro tips, first the parking is ridiculous, just deal with it. Second, make sure you are sure footed throughout the hike. There are points where the rocks are obviously slippery and there are points where the edge of the trail is against a not so friendly drop off. The trail is wide, don't get me wrong, just be careful. Lastly, take it all seriously. That is, bring water, take your time, stop for breaks, etc. if you factor all of that in, you will have a seriously cool experience. Good luck!

Thank Peter W
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