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Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour

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Eleele, United States
Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour
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Uncover the ancient legends and dramatic landscapes of the Na Pali Coast and the  ‘Forbidden Island’ of Ni’ihau on this sailing and snorkeling adventure. Cruise alongside the towering emerald spires and remote beaches of Kauai’s breathtaking, rugged shore in a state-of-the-art catamaran, and snorkel among native marine life in the reefs just off Ni’ihau’s mysterious shores. Hear tales of Hawaiian history and mythology from the friendly crew, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard.
  • Learn about Hawaiian legends and history from a friendly crew
  • See native marine life like dolphins, sea turtles and migrating whales
  • Travel in comfort aboard a well-equipped catamaran
  • Includes a light breakfast and hearty buffet lunch
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Snorkel instruction and equipment
Free beverages all day — with beer and wine served after we snorkel
The chance to see humpback whales (in season)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Holo Holo Charters , 4353 Waialo Rd #5a, Eleele, HI 96705, USA

Departure Point: Port Allen Address: Port Allen Marina Center 4353 Waialo Road Ele'ele HI 96705

6:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Discover the secrets of two of Hawaii’s most captivating destinations on this full-day sailing adventure. Meet your experienced captain and crew at Port Allen in the morning, and climb aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran equipped with an inside cabin, restrooms, spacious sundecks and lounging trampolines where you can relax and soak up the ocean spray.

Enjoy a continental breakfast onboard as the vessel makes its way along Kauai’s northwestern Na Pali Coast, characterized by green sea cliffs that reach dizzying heights of 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), pocketed by lush valleys, tropical waterfalls and remote beaches. As you cruise, hear royal Hawaiian legends that surround the coastline and keep an eye out for traveling sea life including spinner dolphins, sea turtles and migrating humpback whales (December through April).

Next, head across a channel to the waters surrounding Ni’ihau, known as the ‘Forbidden Island of Hawaii’ due to its secretive community that’s closed to all outsiders. While it's not possible to visit Ni’ihau, admire the island from the water while learning about its unique history and mythology. Strap on a snorkeling mask and fins to explore the coral reefs around the island and the nearby Lehua Crater, considered among the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii.

A tasty buffet lunch and refreshments on board will keep you going throughout the day. Prepare to get wet, and bring a light jacket to stay comfortable on this unforgettable sailing adventure.
Stop At:  
Na Pali Coast
Enjoy continental breakfast as you cruise alongside the jagged Na Pali sea cliffs, which soar to heights of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) from the cobalt ocean below. Here you'll cruise by remote beaches, hidden sea caves, and waterfalls, and learn the unique geology and history behind these rugged cliffs. While comfortably relaxing out on the deck, keep an eye out for Spinner dolphins that leap up out of the water, and there's always the chance they could choose to swim along the bow of the boat. In the winter months from December-April, Humpback whales arrive from Alaska to mate and give birth in these waters, and are commonly spotted either breaching or splashing on the channel crossing toward Ni'ihau.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Niihau - The Forbidden Island
Known as Hawaii's "Forbidden Island," Ni'ihau is home to a handful of residents who live a traditional lifestyle, and while the island itself is closed to the public, its pristine reefs offer some of Hawaii's most vibrant and colorful snorkeling. Explore the ancient coral formations and abundance of tropical fish, and then refuel with drinks and a gourmet deli lunch before journeying back to Port Allen. Bring a light jacket and expect to get wet if you sit toward the front of the boat!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passenger Policy
  • No expectant mothers.
  • Not recommended for individuals who have or have had back problems, recent injuries or surgeries, or suffer from severe motion sickness (no refunds are given for sea sickness). Seasickness is best prevented with an over the counter remedy.
  • This is an adventure. Ocean conditions can vary and may turn rough at times. It may not be suitable for some folks (all physically challenged individuals are subject to Captain’s discretion).
  • If you do not have your prescribed medication with you, i.e. Inhalers, EpiPens, diabetic medication and/or any other medications taken daily, you must reschedule your tour for another day.
  • All tour routes and destinations are subject to change without notice. Ocean conditions can and will sometimes turn rough. Snorkeling depends on ocean conditions.
  • Cancelled tours by Holo Holo Charters are fully refundable or gladly rescheduled.
  • “No shows” or any cancellation of reservations with less than 24-hour notice prior to check-in time is subject to a 100% charge of the total fare including tax.
  • Children must be at least 5 years old
  • Non-swimmers are not allowed in the water.
  • All tours are “Bare-Foot”. Passengers will remove their shoes prior to boarding. Only Orthopedic/Diabetic exceptions will be made at Captain’s direction.
  • You should bring your own towels, sunscreen, a light jacket, and camera. We will provide everything else.
  • Spray-on/aerosol sunscreen is a safety hazard and may not be used on board the vessel. We encourage using reef-friendly sunscreens.
  • No smoking of any kind on board the vessel or on the dock.
  • We do not land on shore.
  • Do not park at the harbor or pier. Please use Holo Holo parking lot only or your car will be towed.
  • We are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service.
  • Drones/unmanned aircraft are not allowed on board the vessel.
  • Our vessels are equipped with sensitive marine heads (toilets) that will clog if any foreign objects are flushed. If you flush something other than what your body produces and the toilet paper we provide, you may be responsible for the cost of repair.
  • Alcohol will be served only after snorkeling. If passenger will be consuming alcoholic beverages an ID will be required on the vessel. No coolers allowed on board.
  • Full-face snorkel masks are not allowed, guests are required to use traditional two-piece snorkel and mask sets that are provided by us or they may bring their own.
  • Parties of 6 and up must contact Holo Holo a week in advance if needing to make cancellations or changes
  • In compliance with the Hawaii Safe Travels program, all guests must provide proof of a negative pre-travel COVID test or proper travel documentation to ensure the required 10-day quarantine requirements have been met.
  • Face masks are required for all guests and Holo Holo employees under local and Federal law for indoor spaces. Guests are required to bring their own face covering (face mask, bandana, face gaiter, etc.) and wear while in our office during check-in.
  • Guests are required to complete a digital health waiver as well as a COVID-19 health screening prior to proceeding on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No expectant mothers are permitted to join the tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Holo Holo Charters, Inc.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour.

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  • "Making this scenic / 90 mile journey very possible because of the speed of this sleek water craft." See review
  • "Note this is the only cruise on offer that goes to Ni'ihau daily." See review
  • "We heavily researched masks as my fiance has braces, we picked an Aqua Lung full face mask for her comfort just to find as we boarded that they are not allowed, not cool, not stated on the listing." See review


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We saw a wide variety of...
, Nov 2021
We saw a wide variety of aquatic life. We were fortunate to have calm seas and beautiful weather. It was a real treat! ray, Zoe, and the captian were so friendly and knowledgeable. It was one of the best trips we have ever done.
It was a fun and...
, Nov 2021
It was a fun and informative tour. Staff was knowledgeable and very attentive. Snorkeling was good. I did read the reviews that said the water was rough and we all took meclizine. Very glad we did. It was rough like others had said and the captain also confirmed that before we left. Having said that, it was great and I would do it again.
Amazing trip
, Nov 2021
The coastline is amazing and the crew are very skilled and easy to talk to. The captain took the time to give us the best experience.
Super fun. Good...
, Oct 2021
Super fun. Good snorkeling. Crew was amazing and attentive. Water can get ruff so don't be afraid to take a dramamine. L
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best snorkel cruise!
, Oct 2021
This snorkel cruise and tour was the best I’ve ever experienced from the food, the gorgeous scenery and the talented and fun captain and staff, I can’t recommend this enough! We even got to see sea turtles, dolphins, monk seals and beautiful Hawaiian fish!
Beautiful Tour, Rough Ride
, Aug 2021
The trip is beautiful, the crew was helpful and the snorkeling is excellent. The ride, especially the ride back to the harbor in the early afternoon was VERY rough (like hang on even if you are sitting down rough). About 10% of the folks on board got sick. I’ve been on lots of snorkel and boat trips in the islands over the years and this one was the bumpiest.So if you tend to get sea sick, this tour may not be for you.
Can’t wait to come back!
, Aug 2021
My wife and I had a blast. The channel trip there and back was a little rough, but for the most part, the captain did a great job navigating and the crew was second to none. Jake was our guy and really took care of us and made sure we were having fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
this tuor was one of the highlights of my trip, I love seeing the na pali coast and all the wild life we got to see! 7 hours weren't enough when the tuor was done I was ready to hop right back on and do it again! The captain and crew where amazing, they where funny, nice, knowledgeable and helpful, my friend fell sea sick the whole time and they where always checking on he to make sure she was ok! can whait to go back and do it again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Trip!
, Aug 2021
The crew was outstanding. They were very attentive to all the passengers. The ride was a blast and snorkeling was loads of fun.
Two dolphin pods!
, Aug 2021
Great tour. Service from the crew was awesome. Views were amazing. We stopped and saw two pods of dolphins. One snorkeling stop. Water was a little choppy coming back but the boat was big enough to prevent sea sickness. Highly recommend.

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