Cruising the Na Pali Coastline

The second day in Kauai is a short one, and the cruise line requires all guests to be back on board by the early afternoon. It is for a good reason though. Before leaving Kauai to head back to Oahu, the ship does a scenic cruise past the Na Pali Coastline. The cliffs are one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole state, with sheer cliff faces plunging thousands of feet down into the ocean. The coast is only accessible by hiking or boat, but the best way to experience the full majesty of the cliffs is to view them from a distance, such as from the deck of a cruise ship or on a helicopter tour.

So we headed out to the top decks of the ship, bought some margaritas, and prepared to be amazed!


If experiencing the Na Pali Coast on a cruise ship like this, I recommend setting up camp early. You can only see the coast from one side of the ship, and there are an awful lot of passengers trying to squeeze in there.


We were lucky and it was a pretty clear day. It could’ve been better, but it also could’ve been worse. And as is always the case, these pictures do not do the cliffs justice.



We could practically hear the “Jurassic Park” theme song playing as we cruised along the coast (they actually did film it here, for the record)…








The sunset cast beautiful colors on the water, and we stayed out on the decks and watched until the sun sunk below the horizon.




A perfect way to end our last night in Hawaii.

Author: Natalie Bates

LA-based freelance writer | Blogger | Craft beer drinker | Rock 'n roll girlfriend | Adventurer | Lover of tattoos, red lipstick, and popcorn | World traveler | Compassionate human | Photography enthusiast | Eco warrior | Celtic babe ❤️

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