Nāpali Coast: Too Beautiful To Be Real, And A Bucket-List Worthy Island Paradise
Hawaii’s natural beauty truly is unparalleled. The Aloha State is the ultimate bucket list trip, offering some of the most spectacular natural wonders and sublime scenery. It’s as much a place for avid outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, as it is for nature enthusiasts and aesthetes. And the Nāpali Coast epitomizes the very best Hawaii has to offer. Spanning 17 miles along Kauai’s North Shore, the Nāpali Coast is emerald-hued cliffs and lush forest jungles, gorgeous waterfalls, and endless turquoise waters. This is Mother Nature at its purest; a real-life Garden of Eden that seems almost too beautiful to believe.
Hawaii is truly one of the most amazing places on the planet, and the Nāpali Coast is the very best of the best in the Aloha State.
Accessibility: Visitors can enjoy the Nāpali Coast via boat or plane tours, many of which offer accommodations for guests with special needs. Refer to each attraction’s website for accessibility information.
PetFriendly: Four-legged friends can enjoy the beautiful Nāpali Coast, too. Dogs can also come along with you on your adventures, but they must remain on a six-foot-long leash. Many of Kauai’s beaches are dog-friendly, too, provided owners follow a few guidelines.
Parking: The Kalalau trailhead and the Nāpali Coast State Park begin at Haena State Park, at the end of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) on Kauai’s north shore.
Seasonal Access: Nāpali Coast State Park is open year-round, but the summer season is a particularly great time to visit, as this time of the year has better water and weather conditions. For outdoor enthusiasts, the peak hiking season is from May to October.
Cost: In order to access both the Nāpali Coast State Park and the Kalalau Trail, visitors have to go through Haena State Park, which requires advanced reservations for entry. The state limits reservations to a certain number per day, so make sure you’re planning ahead if there’s a specific day you want to visit. Non-Hawaii residents are required to purchase either a park entry reservation ($1/person) or an online parking reservation ($5/vehicle) prior to arrival. Reservations can be made on the park’s website.
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