Sliding under the crystalline teardrops of a hanging valley waterfall; being so close to dolphins and turtles that you can practically lean over the side of the boat to touch them; and circling around in a lava rock cave where the water reflects on the cave walls like rainbow-misted prisms ---these are a few things that you definitely won't get on a big “cattle"-maran....
And, when the boat tour's name -- Captain Na Pali Adventures -- has "adventures" in the title, you can be sure that the ride will be a memorable one. Big wave surfer and all-around expert waterman Joe Clark -- better known as THE "Captain Na Pali" -- handles this mid-sized Zodiac like a Lamborghini, easing the curves, out-running breaking waves, and skating over huge aqua swells, much to the delight of passengers who squeal and whoop with every wave-propelled launch into thin air.
The price is right, the lunch is yummy and the snorkeling is epic. Joe's narration of the history and features of the Na Pali Coast combines history, legend and local lore delivered in a humorous and attention-grabbing travelogue.
Don't miss this tour. Leaves Waimea below the famous Canyon (miles closer to the scenic Na Pali coast) so you cut out the extra 45 minutes of mundane scenery -- and rough water between Pt. Allen and Waimea. www.captainnapali.com (808) 338-9818
Joe Clark has lived in Hawaii for most of his life on both the islands of Maui and Kauai. He is originally from Los Angeles, California. Joe is an excellent resource for activities in the Waimea - Kekaha areas of Kauai, as well as for his knowledge about Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Parks.