I think Kauai is the prettiest of the Hawaiian Islands…it’s so lush and green and it has some of the most dramatic landscapes I’ve seen anywhere.
If you’re looking to see the best of Kauai, that’s definitely the Napali Coast. The Napali Coast’s rugged green cliffs are the stuff Hawaiian dreams are made of. The only downside of the Napali Coast, and you can hardly call it a downside, is that it’s so remote and isolated. You won’t be seeing it from your car.
In fact, any way you do it, seeing the Napali Coast is going to require a bit of adventure. There are three ways to see the Napali Coast…by air, by water, and by foot. In this blog post, I’m going to break down each option and give you the pros and cons of seeing it each way.
If you’re willing to put in some work, you can hike into the heart of the Napali Coast for some pretty incredible views. While the full hike is 22 miles round trip (and requires a hard to come by camping permit), the first two miles (four miles round trip) of the Kalalau Trail is open to day hikers. I think this is an absolute must do and you can read about the details of this hike here.