Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour

Eleele, United States
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From $328.66

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Na Pali coast may be 17 miles of pure “Garden Isle” splendor, but there’s even more to explore beyond its 4,000-foot cliffs. On this tour, you’ll go for 60 miles of discovery, from the coast to Kaulakahi Channel to Lehua Crater, the “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau, and beyond. Along the way, you’ll spot dolphins, snorkel amongst reefs, and, of course, sip and sit back, relishing in the adventure.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and all-day beverages provided
  • Unlike most tours, see the remote waters of Lehua and Ni’ihau
  • Snorkeling gear and instruction available
  • Staff available for dining requests, questions, and more

What's Included

  • Spend the day in comfort and style on our sleek, Kauai made 65’ power catamaran
  • Learn interesting facts, history and legends about the land and its people
  • See and snorkel with dozens of fish and see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals, manta rays
  • Free beverages all day — with beer and wine served after we snorkel
  • The chance to see humpback whales (Dec-Apr)
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Holo Holo Charters
    4353 Waialo Rd #5a, Eleele, HI 96705, USA

    Departure Point: Port Allen Address: Port Allen Marina Center 4353 Waialo Road Ele'ele HI 96705

Start time

06:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Na Pali Coast

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Niihau - The Forbidden Island

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Passenger Policy
  • No expectant mothers.
  • Not recommended for individuals who have or have had back problems, recent injuries or surgeries, or suffer from severe motion sickness (no refunds are given for sea sickness). Seasickness is best prevented with an over the counter remedy.
  • This is an adventure. Ocean conditions can vary and may turn rough at times. It may not be suitable for some folks (all physically challenged individuals are subject to Captain’s discretion).
  • If you do not have your prescribed medication with you, i.e. Inhalers, EpiPens, diabetic medication and/or any other medications taken daily, you must reschedule your tour for another day.
  • All tour routes and destinations are subject to change without notice. Ocean conditions can and will sometimes turn rough. Snorkeling depends on ocean conditions.
  • Cancelled tours by Holo Holo Charters are fully refundable or gladly rescheduled.
  • “No shows” or any cancellations are subject to a 100% charge of the total fare including tax.
  • Children must be at least 5 years old
  • Non-swimmers are not allowed in the water.
  • All tours are “Bare-Foot”. Passengers will remove their shoes prior to boarding. Only Orthopedic/Diabetic exceptions will be made at Captain’s direction.
  • You should bring your own towels, sunscreen, a light jacket, and camera. We will provide everything else.
  • Spray-on/aerosol sunscreen is a safety hazard and may not be used on board the vessel. We encourage using reef-friendly sunscreens.
  • No smoking of any kind on board the vessel or on the dock.
  • We do not land on shore.
  • Do not park at the harbor or pier. Please use Holo Holo parking lot only or your car will be towed.
  • We are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service.
  • Drones/unmanned aircraft are not allowed on board the vessel.
  • Our vessels are equipped with sensitive marine heads (toilets) that will clog if any foreign objects are flushed. If you flush something other than what your body produces and the toilet paper we provide, you may be responsible for the cost of repair.
  • Alcohol will be served only after snorkeling. If passenger will be consuming alcoholic beverages an ID will be required on the vessel. No coolers allowed on board.
  • Full-face snorkel masks are not allowed, guests are required to use traditional two-piece snorkel and mask sets that are provided by us or they may bring their own.
  • Guests are required to complete a digital health waiver as well as a COVID-19 health screening prior to proceeding on tour.
  • As a company that puts sustainability at the forefront of goals, we request you bring your own reusable water bottle with you on tour.
  • No expectant mothers are permitted to join the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Great crew and beautiful sights! Highly recommend joining HoloHolo for one of their Na Pali Coast sailing adventures!
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    A wonderful, scenic day out.
    Karen_E, Mar 2023
    Despite poor weather Cole’s team were all brilliant, making sure everyone on the boat were comfortable and had a great time, with informative commentary from the captain the whole way. The food and drinks were really good and plentiful. The breakfast pastries were especially delicious! It was a magnificent tour run efficiently to time. We saw the incredible coastline up close and found many whales and spinner dolphins. The snorkelling was over a big drop-off out into the blue and the vis was forever. Saw a reef shark and a big turtle, and many fish. A great trip. Mahalo!
    Once in a lifetime
    Chris_L, Mar 2023
    Momma and baby Humpback were nearby when we were snorkeling. You could here them when we were in the water. The Napali cost was beautiful. The crew was right there to help with anything we needed.
    Trip of a lifetime!
    Brian_S, Mar 2023
    The crew seemed genuinely interested in making every experience as memorable as possible. We were incredibly well taken care of, which made our multiple sightings of jumping whales and huge pods of dolphins all the more breathtaking.
    Excellent Trip and Team - Safety comes first
    Maggie_L, Jan 2023
    We went there on Jan 2023. The crews and captain are excellent. Most of the experiences are excellent. These include : The captain knows where the dolphins are. Almost 30-50 of them swimming around us, just beside us. Fantastic. So many whales elegantly swimming and waving their tails around us. Maybe 20 to 30?? The day we went, the sea was calm. We went straight to Ni'ihau. The captain has excellent skills in getting the boat close to the coastline so that we can have an impactful view of the landscape. When we reached Napoli, the captain also moved very slow and close so that we can have a good glimpse of the coast. Excellent captain, The team has very good knowledge about the sea and wind. They selected a spot that was good for snorkeling. A relatively calm spot that was surrounded by strong currents. They gave clear instructions to the swimming direction in order to keep safe in the spot where strong currents were surrounding. The snorkeling was beautiful. Hundreds of beautiful fishes just below you. The sea was clear and blue. The reason why I give "1" to the trip is due to safely reason. Maybe it was because it was winter, despite the wind was very calm, the currents can be very strong occasionally. Most of my snorkeling time, we were fine. Inside the sea, during snorkeling, the currents were good. However at the later session, the currents get stronger. More people needed help. Especially there were some older people. There were only 3 people as safety and supporting staffs. When I tried to get back to the ship, the currents were so strong that they bumped me strongly onto the staircase. They hurt my ribs so badly. I hope they were not broken. I still need to take X-ray. It is like strong currents driving you onto the rocks, which can be very dangerous. The currents are so strong that I have to hold on tightly to prevent being wiped into the bottom of the ship. There was no crew to help, as they were so busy with other stuffs. When I finally managed to climb onto the staircase, which was sandy and rough to prevent slippery, I can only get onto it by knees, as the currents are too strong. Then the currents droved me back and forth on the sandy staircase. My legs get cut at least in 3 places. My conclusion is that, the team is so good. However maybe too aggressive to have snorkeling activities in winter. They want to keep customer happy. However to me, safety is the priority. In this kind of environment, maybe more staffs are needed. I feel so bad that I write such a comment for the trip. As the team is excellent. However I hope that they can look into more safety issue. Actually my partner almost got drown. Primarily it was her fault. She is not a good swimmer and she got scared. When she was holding onto the rope, waiting for help, so many people waiting for other supports. She said that she almost got wiped into the bottom of the ship by the strong currents. It was her fault. However there may be so many clients similar to her. The crews may need to consider these kind of scenario in their risk management also. The crews were to kind to entertain everyone. Therefore they didn't stop her when they knew she is not a good swimmer. They initially wanted to take her down hand in hand by themselves. (They have very good service, wanting everyone to by happy. ) However at the end, they didn't have time, as so many people needed help. So they just asked her to try herself. My conclusion is that, if they have better risk management planning, it is a company that I highly recommended. I joined this company for sunset trip. Also excellent. My purpose of writing all these is to ensure everyone can enjoy the service from this excellent company in a safe manner.
    Napali Coast plus Circumnavigation
    Richard_E, Jan 2023
    The Napoli Coast views were amazing. After that we circumnavigated Kauai which was an extra treat. That was done in lieu of going to Niihau.
    Fantastic tour along the Napali coast and snorkeling at Ni’ihau!
    Stephanie_M, Dec 2022
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and we own a catamaran. But to be able to see the entire Napali coast is magical. On the island of Kaua’i you are not able to explore every inch on foot, horseback or car, so this tour gives a wonderful, up-close view of this magnificent coastline. Note, anyone who gets a hint of sea sickness, take the meds before your voyage as on the way home it gets pretty choppy and there were a few folks regretting not taking precautions prior to the trip. But we highly recommend this tour, and the crew and captain were all fantastic!
    Amazing adventure
    TJ_A, Nov 2022
    Great views and food! The boat was spacious and beautiful as well. We were able to see whales and dolphins on our tour
    Expect to be seasick
    Tara_A, Nov 2022
    The good: the crew, the snorkeling and the views The bad: this boat is not well designed for this excursion through very rough open water. There is not enough fresh air seating to accommodate the number of guests. The sea is so choppy, the crew EXPECTS many people to be seasick. They advise people not to sit inside the cabin (you are required to sit, no standing), but there are only 2 benches for seating in fresh air. At least half of our boat were actively vomiting throughout the 7 hour trip. It was miserable. The crew admits this is common. If you have ANY propensity for sea sickness, DO NOT GO on this trip. I’m so disappointed that i couldn’t enjoy it and spent all day praying for land.
    Didn't get to Niihau, or...
    Thomas_N, Oct 2022
    Didn't get to Niihau, or do much snorkeling due to weather. We did get to see lots of sea turtles and dolphins and even a lonesome seal. Captain and crew were great!
    The best tour!
    Angela_P, Oct 2022
    Crew was fantastic! We didn’t get to Ni’ihau due to weather but the team found another spot to snorkel! Smaller boat then other companies, but don’t let that stop you- they are the best!
    Truly amazing tour
    RichardV_G, Oct 2022
    This trip was awesome! Captain Cole and crew Zoe, Jon, and Daniel made this a truly great day. Na Pali was so beautiful, we loved learning about the history. We got into a pod of spinner dolphins early at Lehua Rock that stuck around with us for a while. During the snorkel portion of the tour we saw monk seal, white tip reef sharks, a turtle, and countless varieties of reef fish. The food on the boat was much better than expected, as was the entertainment. The crew actually remembered everybody's names in our family and many other families! I highly recommend this tour! We will definitely your with Holo Holo charters again next time in Kauai!
    Honeymoon trip
    Rachel_H, Oct 2022
    We had a amazing trip, but if you get motion sickness this is not the trip for you. I threw up, but still had a great time. The crew was very accommodating and helpful. Drink and food were tasty. Great snorkeling experience and we even saw dolphins and seals.
    Must do !!
    Shawn_S, Sep 2022
    The captain and his crew were great !! Always willing to share stories, help with anything, made us feel we were wanted their.
    Great trip. The staff and...
    Carolyn_O, Sep 2022
    Great trip. The staff and captain went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. Loved seeing the spinner dolphins and manta ray.
    Voted Best Tour for a reason
    Craig_M, Sep 2022
    Fantastic, informative and sometimes “adventurous” experience on the ocean. Captain and crew were accommodating, attentive and approachable (3 A’s of excellent service). Their service is what you get at most fine dining restaurants and was only matched by the views of the Na Pali coast and the snorkeling at Lehua Island. As a person who really appreciates good service, I would do this tour gain just to ride with crew…the views and experience would be a bonus
    Worth the early start. ...
    Carey_R, Sep 2022
    Worth the early start. Crew was fun and helpful. Food exceeded expectations. Beautiful way to see the Nepali coast…
    lindseyibarber, Sep 2022
    There are a lot of options to book a boat tour of the Nā Pali coast but we are so glad we chose this one. Everyone on board from the captain to the crew were warm, welcoming and personable. The views were amazing, the snorkeling and wildlife were awesome and the food was delicious. 10/10 would recommend!
    Tropical paradise
    Lauren_O, Sep 2022
    Highlight of the trip! The water was the clearest and bluest I’ve ever seen. Thousands of fish in every direction.
    Great experience!
    David_C, Sep 2022
    My wife and I really enjoyed this excursion. The crew was great! Everything is as advertised. Highly recommend.
    Fun Tour, could use more snorkeling.
    Juan_B, Sep 2022
    Wonderful day out! We started in the early AM and departed shortly after checking in. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The food was great and the history lesson was awesome too. What was a bit surprising was the lack of snorkeling in this tour. We had a 1-hour stop off point off of the coast of Na Pali. The spot was gorgeous but I thought this tour would have included more locations and opportunities to be in the water. It was very "tour" oriented. That being said, I may do this again in the future. Note: The sea was VERY choppy with large swells on the way back. Bring a dry bag for towels but prepared to be wet for the majority of the time. If you are prone to sea sickness (like me) start Dramamine doses the prior night and all the way before the trip. This helped keep nausea at bay.