The Na Pali Coast is one of Kauai’s treasures. Most everyone who visits the Garden Island has a visit along the Coast as one of the “to do” items on their “bucket” list – be it by foot, helicopter, kayak or catamaran.
Taking a Kauai hike is a must for many guests at Hanalei Colony Resort. Not far from the Hanalei Colony Resort is the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail which takes you on a journey along the awesome coastline. While you may not venture the full 11 mile trail (and shouldn’t unless you have a permit to camp overnight in Kalalau Valley), you can enjoy the first two miles, which lead you to Hanakapi`ai Beach.
A popular destination for most day hikers, the two-mile Kauai hiking trail provides you with a chance to commune with nature at your own pace. A steep trail, it can be slippery if it rained the night before or that morning. Just take your time and stop along the way to absorb the beauty that surrounds you.
There will be many photo opportunities so be sure you have your camera with you. As you begin the first ½ mile, gaze down upon Ke`e Beach – a great snorkeling spot and a popular destination for many. Continue around the bend and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the spectacular Na Pali Coast.
Most people are in awe of the ocean’s beautiful colors while standing on the beach, but when you’re up above on the trail and looking down, you’ll be even more inspired. The ocean changes from vibrant azure and turquoise to cobalt and navy. It’s just amazing how crystal clear the water is – you can even see honu swimming below.
After you’re 2-mile journey, you’ll cross a stream and come to Hanakapi`ai Beach. The white sand beach is inviting, but along the trail you probably noticed the sign about ocean safety. Swimming can be dangerous there due to variable rip currents – especially in winter. Instead of a swim, take a seat, listen to the ocean and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you’re motivated, continue on another 2 miles into Hanakapi`ai Valley, which leads you to Hanakapi`ai Falls.
When hiking to Hanakapi`ai Beach be sure to bring plenty of water, wear a hat, and take your camera. Then, simply go to the end of the road. The Kalalau Trailhead will be on your left side. Read the informative signs posted there and begin your adventure. Learn about other Kauai hiking trails.
Staying with us at the Hanalei Colony Resort Kaui vacation condos? Please feel free to ask your concierge about the Na Pali Coast or any other sights you wish to see during your visit.