Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes. To book a private charter, simply purchase one standard ticket for a charter up to 12 people. Trips often sell out so we suggest purchasing your ticket early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
What happens if it rains?
Our trips usually run in moderate weather conditions. In the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions, ticket-holders will be contacted and allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a full refund.
Is this tour good for all ages?
Yes, in general this tour is appropriate for all ages. However, if you are considering bringing a child who is active, keep in mind that this tour includes sitting still to watch wildlife, so this tour may not be appropriate for all children. We can accommodate most ages, even babies during the summer since the sea conditions are so calm. During the winter, we aren’t as accommodating for children 2 and under being that the sea conditions are much rougher.
What type of ticket should I buy if I’m bringing a very young child?
Since the US Coast Guard counts all people the same, regardless of age or size, all children are counted towards the 12 passenger capacity.
What is the difference between the Na Pali Coastal Tour on the Na Pali Kai vs. the Makana?
Both tours are the same and participants will share the same experience. The only difference will be the boat that guests will be on. The Na Pali Kai III is a larger and powerful vessel that will give you an unforgettable experience. Na Pali Kai will take up to 32 passengers. The Makana is for those who prefer a comfortable and intimate experience with a smaller group. The Makana is smaller and will take 12 passengers at most. If you are interested in a private charter on the Na Pali Kai III, please click on the “Contact TourNapali” link to the left of the page.
What makes Liko Kauai / Makana Charters Na Pali tour different from all the other boats?
We are Native Hawaiian family owned. We offer more of a personalized tour and we see more of the Na Pali Coast in a shorter amount of time. We leave from Kikiaola small boat harbor which is the closest harbor to the Napali Coast.
Where does the tour go?
The trip departs from Kikiaola Harbor and we start the cruise by exploring the rugged cliffs that line Kauai’s scenic Na Pali coast and hopefully catch sight of the dolphins that often swim alongside the boat. Once at sea we will ride along the Polihale shoreline to glimpse the pristine beaches and abundant vegetation that scale the surrounding ridges. As we continue pass the waterfalls that scatter along the Kalalau Valley, we will eventually make our way to several coastal caves for a bit of exploring. To end the trip we will spend an hour enjoying lunch, relaxing, and taking some time to snorkel the crystal-clear waters.
Will we see the sea caves on this tour? Do you go inside the caves?
Yes! Experience all of the sea caves, such as Pirates Cave (Waiahuakua), Rainbow Falls, and the famous Honopu Archway where King Kong, Six Days Seven Nights, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more famous movies were filmed. We take you right into the sea caves (open ceiling cave, Pirates Cave and more) as long as the ocean allows us to.
What wildlife could we see on the trip?
Typically, we will see a variety of wildlife including both Spinner and Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, dozens of fish species, coral reefs, and even the occasional sea turtle.
Will we be able to feed, pet or touch the dolphins?
Dolphins are protected by the national marine mammal act therefore we do not touch, chase, pursue, harass or feed wild dolphins as it is against the law.
What are the chances we will see dolphins on this tour?
Dolphins are wild animals, so there are no guarantees that we will see any. However, our guides have lots of experience and knowledge about the tides and the places they like to inhabit, so it’s rare that we don’t see any.
Are drinks or food served on the trip?
Yes, food and drinks are included in your trip! We typically will enjoy lunch near the end of the trip when we take a break to snorkel. Alcohol will not be served, however you are welcome to bring it along but can only consume alcoholic beverages after snorkeling for safety reasons.
What type of lunch is served?
Lunch is prepared daily by a local deli. We serve deli style sandwiches with roast beef, ham, tuna, veggie or turkey. Fresh island fruit, freshly baked Kaua’i cookies, soft drinks, bottled water and juices are offered complimentary. For any special dietary needs, please note this during your purchase.
Can I bring food or drinks on the trip?
We will provide drinks, a deli lunch and snacks. However, feel free to bring additional food, drinks, or snacks.
Will I get wet?
Usually we don’t get wet on the boat. However, if it rains or if it is a windy day you may get an occasional spray from the water. You will get wet if you choose to go snorkeling.
How long do we snorkel?
We provide about 1 hour for snorkeling. We plan to snorkel at Makole, Ke’e Beach (tunnels) Nualolo Kai or Kekaha and Kaumakani if the surf is up along the Napali Coast.
Do you provide snorkel gear?
Yes! We provide snorkel gear or you can bring your own. If you require prescription or optical masks we have a variety of them to choose from.
Do I need to know how to swim?
It is recommended that you know how to swim when snorkeling. However, we do provide floatation gear for those who do not know how to swim.
What about those who don’t want to snorkel?
Non-snorkelers are welcome to relax on the beach at the snorkel location.
What should I wear and what should I bring?
Pack like you are going to be spending the day at the beach! We suggest wearing swimwear or beachwear. It might also be a good idea to bring hats, towels, and sunscreen. We provide cold drinks, a deli lunch, fruits & snacks.
Is there an available bathroom?
Yes, both of our boats are equipped with a restroom for your convenience.
Is there any shade on the boat?
Yes! We have a canopy that provides shade and there’s cushioned seating as well. We have open deck seating, all forward facing and open air. You may choose to relax in our shaded and cushioned seats, or ride in the warm tropical sun on the padded deck seating. Expect the sun to shine in from the sides of the boat as they are open. Therefore, we’d still recommend sunscreen.
What type of boat is this and is the boat stable?
This tour will be held on the Makana. The Makana is a comfortable 32’ custom built Lightning Catamaran, powered by twin eco-friendly diesel Steyr engines (500 hp) cruising at 20 to 22 knots. The Makana is certified for 19 passengers but our seating is limited to only 12 passengers for your safety and comfort. Amenities on board include: private restroom, shaded cabin with cushioned seats, fresh water shower and easy access for snorkeling.
Is the cruise suitable for pregnant women?
Since we’re the only tour company in the area who allow pregnant women to participate (depending on weather conditions), we require a written consent from a doctor. Pregnant women should consult with their doctors before participating, check the weather conditions, and bring the doctor’s consent upon check-in. If you have any questions about the weather conditions, please click on the “Contact TourNapali” link to the left of the page.
Will I get seasick?
Our guests usually find the tour boat to be a very steady vessel. While we hope that no one gets sick, we advise you to consult with your doctor about taking preventative measures beforehand if you are prone to motion sickness.
Are life jackets available on board?
Yes, life jackets for all passengers are provided on board. You are not required to wear a life vest while on board, but we have them available should you want to wear one.
Do I need to sign a liability waiver?
Yes, all participants must sign a liability waiver before the tour. Any participants under the age of 18 must have an accompanying adult sign the waiver for them.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
The Makana cannot accommodate wheelchairs and is not handicap accessible. if you are able to be lifted onto the boat by someone in your party and sit in a seat on board then we recommend going on the Na Pali Coast Tour on the Na Pali Kai.
Is there parking available nearby?
Yes, parking will be available at the meeting location. Detailed directions will be provided immediately upon purchase.
Are gift certificates available for the trip?
Yes! Gift certificates are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the “Contact TourNapali” link.
Amazing Crew – Native Family Owned for Generations
We are proud of our Captains & Crew. Each member brings an individual character to the boat that you will get to know throughout your 5-hour tour. All share the history, love of the ocean, and particularly the special Na Pali coastline that they are all proud to show Kauai’s visitors day in and day out.
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See the worlds most famous coastline. Our family has been showing visitors on Kauai for hundreds of years. We have a fleet of boats that are built specifically to navigate this rugged coastline in comfort.