Boating Along the Napali Coast

Rated one of the most beautiful places in the US, this coast line did not disappoint. The coast is only visible by boat or helicopter since it is so mountainous it cannot be traversed by foot. We boarded a small 40 ft inflatable “dinghy” style boat with a few other families and couples. Since the sun was finally out, we loaded up on the sunscreen and were on our way!

It took about an hour to boat down to the area where the coast line started, but the wait seemed like nothing as we were whale watching and spotting dolphins. We saw different types of dolphins, the standard bottlenose and the smaller pacific spinners. It is birthing season for the whales and dolphins so we even spotted some baby ones! Oh my gooooodness, were they cute! The dolphin babies kept jumping out of the water trying to learn how to dive and swim properly.

The coastline itself was simply stunning! Napali in Hawaiian means cliff and that’s exactly what this was: steep rocky cliffs that jutted up randomly and then dropped off into the ocean depths. My favorite were the outcroppings that sprialed up towards the sky in cone shapes that looked like they came out of nowhere. They reminded me of stalagmites in caves. Some of the cliffs were even taller than the Empire State Building! They were covered with greenery and shrubs, making them lush and dense. Many Hollywood movies are filmed in this area, including Jurassic Park (to give  you a visual) With the sun shining, this was a sight to behold!


Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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