Be Prepared For the Weather When Camping the Na Pali Coast
There is nothing like the Na Pali coast. Located on the north shore of Kauai this 6,175 acre national park is one of the most beautiful stretches of the entire world, hands down! You’ll be seeing massive, verdant green cliffs and untouched landscape rich with hiking paths and remote marvel. There are also plenty of ways to see the park, from Na Pali coast kayak trips to Na Pali coast boat tours, Na Pali coast hike tours, and, best of all, Na Pali coast camping!
For all Na Pali coast tours, but for campers and long distance hikers most of all, an understanding of Kauai’s climate and weather is vital to the success of your trip. Hawaii has shockingly diverse weather and distinct seasons, and rain is one of the most surprising measures. For instance, Mount Waialeale on Kauai is the wettest spot on earth with over 460 inches of rain a year. However, in the desert and rain shadow behind the mountain the yearly rainfall is less than ten inches.
As far as seasons are concerned, the Na Pali coast does have loose seasons. Summer months tend to be drier and winter months tend to be slightly cooler and wetter, sometimes resulting in three-day drizzles. Fortunately the island is still semi-tropical and you will find 70 – 90 degree Fahrenheit temperatures during the day, although trade winds can cool the air down to below fifty at night during the winter. Also, on all Hawaiian Islands the windward (Northeast) sides of the islands are generally the wettest and coolest, and the leeward (Southwest) sides are generally the driest and hottest. Because of its location as a north shore the Na Pali coast will be wetter than other Hawaiian locations, although the beauty of the landscape should more than make up for it as any set of Na Pali coast photos should show.
What does this mean for guests? If you are hiking, hike light but bring at least one warm layer and something to deal with rain. Also be prepared for wind coming off the ocean when you are on the cliffs or the shore themselves. That Pacific air can be quite chilly. If you are camping, have a good system in place to deal with rain, usually extra tarps for below your and above your tent.
Written By: Leo Malagon