Na Pali Coast
About Na Pali Coast
The Na Pali Coast is famous for being one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in all of Hawaii. Seep valleys and secluded beaches make this part of Kauai the hidden Hawaii many people dream of.Access to this part of Kauai is by air or sea only. There is a hiking trail which runs through the Kalalau Valley down to the beach through the Na Pali Coast State Park, but there are no roads along the coast.Offshore from the coast are some of the most pristine reefs in Hawaii, and are excellent for snorkeling.
As the oldest part of Hawaii’s oldest inhabited island, the Na Pali Coast has seen much erosion over the last 5 million years. Drainage from torrential downpour from Mt. Waialeale, “The Wettest Spot on Earth,” has carved out deep, steep valleys and cliffs of almost 4,000 feet.Today the Na Pali Coast is a state park of almost 6,200 acres.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Kauai
- Insider Tip: See the Na Pali Coast by air or by sea, unless you really like hiking! This area of the island is inaccessible to vehicles.
- What to Expect: Dramatic coastal scenery, secluded beaches, excellent snorkeling, and no cars.
- Pop Culture: The town of Hanalei near the Na Pali Coast was the site for much of the 2011 movie "The Descendants." Also much of the 1998 movie "Six Days Seven Nights" with Anne Heche and Harrison Ford was filmed on the Na Pali Coast.