The Na Pali Coast of Kauai

The iconic Na Pali Coast on the north shore of Kauai is only accessible by boat or air. Well, except for that treacherous 11-mile hiking trail that didn’t especially appeal to us. Fortunately for us, the Pride of America was scheduled to sail along the 17-mile coastline of Na Pali. We were excited to experience sublime views of the emerald-green cliffs on our last day aboard the NCL Pride of America. Unfortunately for us, the weather did not cooperate.  Our first view looked like this.

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Approaching the Na Pali Coast

The coastline was almost completely obscured by clouds. As we got closer, they began to dissipate a bit but our views remained misty at best.


Low clouds on the Napali Coast


The first bit of green appears before our wondering eyes

We made the best of the situation, however, and enjoyed what we could see. Actually, in retrospect, I think it was fortunate that we initially thought we’d see nothing because then we appreciated what we did see so much more.


Misty Na Pali Coast


Closer view through the mist and low clouds


Na Pali Coast


Looking up the valley along the Na Pali Coast


Another view


Na Pali means cliffs–you can see why


My favorite view of Na Pali coast

We had considered a helicopter or a catamaran tour but I’m glad we didn’t spend the money in view of the weather. The fact that our tour was included in our cruise made us feel like we got something extra. The captain of the Pride of America tried so hard to get us close enough to the shore to see the amazing lush vegetation and velvety emerald cliffs through the mist. We tell people if you haven’t experienced surreal Na Pali in the mist, you haven’t seen Na Pali. But I know I’ll go back  hoping to see Na Pali on a crystal clear day.


Based on events from November 2015.


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4 thoughts on “The Na Pali Coast of Kauai

  1. You still managed to get some really great pictures despite the mistiness. It kind of adds an aura of mystery!


    • Thanks, Beth Ann. Even without the mist, lighting is so tricky that just clouds overhead can shadow the photo in surprising ways. I think I was lucky to get what I did.

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  2. Why can’t I be in Kauai right nowwwwwww?


    • You probably can; you’re just making other choices right now. If you haven’t been there, though, I highly recommend it.


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