Isolated from all but the most adventurous of civilization, await visitors to the Garden Island of Kauai, a 6200 acre state park that is only accessible by hiking, from the air, or via ocean voyaging vessel. Never will a vehicular vehicle disturb the sanctity of what has been described as the most spectacular wilderness area in the Pacific Rim. This 15-mile stretch along the northwest shore of Kauai’s costal shoreline, along with its in land valleys and fluted cliffs, have been previewed by the outside world in memorable scenes in the movies King Kong and Six Days Seven Nights.
Viewing this rarely explored treasure from the ocean will yielded you glimpses of majestically carved cliff faces that extend over 4,000 feet above the deep blue Pacific Ocean, which they rest upon. As you venture on, the cliffs, also referred to as palis, are interrupted occasionally to allow you limited sightings of wide stretches of virgin golden sand beaches, deep lushly filled tropical jungle valleys, and unexplored mysterious sea caves. Once you encountered it, Kauai’s Na Pali Coast is a truly amazing experience that will live within you forever.
If you are lucky enough to set foot on the land, you can experience the rich history of the once sparsely populated settlements whose ancient Hawaiian’s inhabitants travelled from to conduct regular trade with the natives of Ni’ihau. Nu’alolo Kai is an uninhabited ancient Hawaiian fishing village. The village’s structural remains are still visible to this day. The 600 foot coral reef which extends from its shoreline is swarming with tropical sea life which makes it a must do snorkeling adventure. If beach access is what you are seeking, Hanakapiai and Kalalau beaches are well known Na Pali coast stops which have been rated among America’s Top 100 must visit places by national travel publications countless times.
Honopu Valley, located further in land from Na Pali’s coastline, was once inhabited by a group of Hawaiian who made a mysterious exodus sometime in the mid 1900’s, leaving limited traces of their existence and origin. Now referred to as the Valley of the Lost Tribe, its only distinction is a 90 foot arch, the largest natural arch in Hawaii. Miloli’I a smaller costal settlement is also the home of fringing reefs and another snorkeling paradise.
The majority of the visitors to Kauai’s Na Pali Coast gain access via small cruise boats. There are a number of vendors islandwide who provide a variety of tours and packages. Some cruise the coast line, others include stops along the coast for snorkeling and scuba excursions and still others will take you on a cruise to the Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau. When you visit Kauai, do not miss the Na Pali Coast adventure. It feels as if you are in some enchanted land.
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