Kalalau trail is currently closed because of recent floods. It should be reopened in November of this year. If you are not up to undergoing such a demanding hike, go to Kalalau lookpoint, which offers a nice view of Nā Pali Valley. You can get there comfortably by car. Or you can take a less exacting route from this lookout. This hike is called Kalepa Ridge Trail Lookout.
2. By Air
80% of the island is uninhabited and difficult to get in. Ride on a helicopter is thus the best and easiest way, how to get to know the island and see the Nā Pali coastline too. However, it is not the cheapest option at all. It quite depends on the company you want to fly with, the time spent up in the air, and also the type of machine you will be flying in. Generally speaking, an hour ride will cost you about 200 – 250 dollars. Despite the cost, I have to say, it was one of the best experiences in my life, and I really recommend you to go for it. What you see from up there is simply indescribable. Cliché, I know, but it needed to be said. I have seen much lately, but I am not sure if I could compare this spectacular sight to anything else.
Most take offs are from Lihue airport. You can look up the skyway and its duration in advance, and you can book it online. You can also book the ride directly at the aviation company. You will need to fill in a form and write down your weight. No cheating, as the people at the office know how to check it in a very discrete way, right before the take off. Don’t worry, only the staff member will get to see the figure. Your weight is what determines where you are to be seated. You cannot choose the seat on your own.
What you can choose, is the plane or helicopter which you prefer, and the time you want to go. There is a variety of small aeroplanes, helicopters and off door helicopters with no doors. The latter ones are not offered by many aviation companies, so if an off door helicopter is what you long for, don’t hesitate much and book it in advance. It is a bit pricier, but the view and the chance to take pictures without glass in the way are definitely worth it.
3. By Sea
Sea is the third possibility how to enjoy what Nā Pali has to offer. It is only up to you weather you prefer raft, kayak or a catamaran tour. The last option is the safest and most comfy one. Zodiacs and kayaks are for those more adventurous types, who are well enough fit for it.
Getting to know the Nā Pali coastline from your kayak is an exceptional experience. You get to find yourself in real touch with the nature, with hidden gems like small coves, nooks, caves and beaches. One of those is known as Milioli’i Beach, which is approachable only from the sea. People coming here often use this beach for spending a night. During the summer season (May15-Sept7) you need the already above mentioned Camping permit, which you want to book in advance.
Kayak tours are a rather complicated matter. You don’t need to be a kayak expert, but to spend 10-12 hours paddling, is not an easy thing to do, and you simply need to be in a really good shape. Your fitness and mental ability will get to be tested well, during the 24km long run. Instructors and their advice are very helpful of course, but the paddling part you will have to do on your own anyway. In case you decide to go for it, the cliffs above your head, rising up to 1200 m.a.s.l will do justice to all your expectations.