Who’s ready to walk the Kalalau Trail along the spectacular NaPali Coast? This trail hugs the northwest coast of Kauai for 11 miles ending at the idyllic Kalalau Valley. With pointed pali (mountains) cascading down to the ocean, it is some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The only way to see it is by boat, air, or foot. Once at the valley, camping is a must. No roads here. Take a look…..
So, you aren’t up for this 11 mile hike? Well, along the way, two miles in, is Hanakapi’ai Beach, Hanakapi’ai Stream, and further inland, Hanakapi’ai Falls. Round trip to the falls is 8 miles and with heavy rain the stream can turn into a rushing river making it impossible to cross. In winter the currents at the beach make it unsafe for swimming. But in nice weather it’s an experience you won’t forget.
Before you make your decision, however, there are some things you need to know. Anyone proceeding past Hanakāpīʻai Valley (2 miles in) must possess a valid camping permit whether or not you plan to camp. Permits are required to camp at Hanakoa or Kalalau (Same permit). Permits are $20 per person per day. The amount of people allowed on the trail at any one time is limited to a small number. Permits often sell out and during busy times of the year can sell out up to a year in advance. Get your permits early to ensure you will be able to visit Kalalau. Go to http://kalalautrail.com/information/permits/ for more information.
Not so sure you’re up for all that hiking? Good news! You may start the Kalalau Trail at the end of the road (Ke’e Beach) and walk about 1/2 mile to a protruding knoll which allows you a glimpse down the coast. This gives you the right to say you’ve been on the Kalalau Trail 🙂 Then spend the rest of your day snorkling. Ke’e Beach is about 20 minutes from Honu Point and the drive is the most breathtaking on the island. Parking is difficult so arrive early.
Whether you decide to hike 22 miles, 8 miles, 4 miles, or just enough to see a glimpse, a trip to Kauai is not complete until you’ve seen some aspect of the NaPali Coast. Enjoy!
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