The Na Pali Coast On the Island of Kauai, A Spectacular Place in Hawaii

Nya Crea

One of the most magnificent places in Hawaii, Kauai is an island that will always have a special meaning for people. This day trip destination has been featured in many films and TV shows such as Jurassic Park, Air Force One, and Lost. The visitors who come here to enjoy its beauty are also amazed by its rich history; it was once the centre of power for the largest empire on Earth. Nowadays it features breathtaking beaches, hiking trails, river trips down a lush canyon, and much more.

This island is a magical place with a lot to offer, so here are the highlights that you should see during your first visit.

When planning a trip to Kauai, one of the first things people think about is Na Pali Coast. Located on the northern part of the island this area is famous due to its dramatic cliffs – one of them drops 2000 feet from sea level!

The road leading up there was built in 1982 and it is only accessible by foot or horseback. You can also go there by boat but you will need a permit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources or you will be arrested and fined.

The road head is located at about the midpoint on the island. It takes only 10 to 15 minutes to get there.

If you have your own vehicle, you can make it around 3 or 4 hours of driving. People here say that all other areas of Kauai can be reached within a day's drive, but this one you need a full day just to get there and back. Of course, for anyone who comes here for the first time they just make it an overnight trip; that's how powerful this place is.

Na Pali Coast consists of three different areas: Kuliouou Point, Wainiha Valley, and Makapu Beach.

Kuliouou Point is where you can get the first picture of Na Pali Coast. This section is mainly composed of cliffs with a few small beaches and coves. It's very easy to get there so you should take a quick look before heading on to the next part of this adventure.

Wainiha Valley:

This is probably the part where people spend most of their time at Na Pali Coast. This valley stretches over 1 mile, and it features stunning beaches and beautiful waterfalls. This is one of the best places on the whole island for snorkelling and swimming. It's also very popular among tourists.

The valley was formed by lava or volcanic lava flows that stretched along the Na Pali Coast, sometime in recent history. The most famous of these is Wainiha Crater, which you can see from many different angles and can make you feel like actually being on a volcano! This area is easily accessed by taking either the Kauai Fish Cannery Road (which requires a permit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources) or by hiking through Wainiha Valley State Park.

Located at the end of Wainiha Valley is Makapu Beach.

Makapu Beach:

This beautiful beach is also one of the primary reasons for many people to come here. It is located on the very edge of Na Pali Coast and stretches nearly two miles in length. It features pristine white sand, a phenomenal view from every side, and it's also perfect for swimming. This place can become extremely crowded, so you might want to come here either early in the day or late in the afternoon to avoid that.

The best time to get here by boat is early morning (to avoid rough waves), at midday when all boats are coming back (if there are any left), and at sunset.

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