Join SURFit USA on a 6 day 5 night paddleboard adventure, and paddle the Na Pali coast, Kauai, a spectaculary remote and untamed segment on the most ancient of the main Hawaiian Islands.
This rugged coastline, extends 18 miles and is unparalleled in its awe inspiring beauty. It is truly a tropical paradise. Humpback whales, tropical birds, and dolphins are just a few treasures that might be spotted during the paddle. While exploring on land, you may discover an ancient Hawaiian settlement or a lonely waterfall complete with its own pool.
The Na Pali Coast is known for its exotic beauty but it can also be dangerous. Your guide, Aaron Pollard has spent many months exploring the Na Pali Coast, including living in the valley for months at a time. It is one of his most beloved places on Earth.
As a trained Hawaii lifeguard and certified WPA paddleboard instructor and coach, safety is the top priority. Your guide will ultimately decide on a course of action should a situation such as dangerous weather occur. All paddlers must have experience paddling on the ocean, be in good physical condition, be able to swim and be comfortable in and on the water. Training in open water conditions prior to the adventure is encouraged. This will decrease the chance of injury or delay and allow more time for exploring and having fun. Although we will be on paddleboards, a boat will escort our trip and carry all of our gear.
Day 1: Meet at Haena Beach Park to get to know each other and hang out. We will feast, paddle a bit, and camp out for the night. We want to get an early jump on the paddle the next morning.
Day 2: After an early breakfast, we will head to Ke’e Beach and begin our journey. This first paddle is about 7 miles of pure beauty. Towering sea cliffs and caves, waterfalls, dolphins and humpback whales are some of the wonders we will seek out. At the end of this leg of the paddle, we will land on the famous Kalalau Beach where we will again feast and relax. For the next two nights, we will camp and explore this valley.
Day 3: Spend this day exploring sea caves along the beach and hiking into the valley. There are so many amazing places to discover including historical and archaeological sites, beautiful waterfalls and pools, and so much more. Our cook has prepared three memorable meals using local ingredients to keep you going.
Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we will get started for a paddle to Milolii. On the way we will navigate or way through the reef-protected cove of Nualolo Kai, a Hawaiian fishing village over 600 years old. After getting a small insight of ancient Hawaii, we will continue on to Milolii beach and our next feast and campsite. Only accessible by boat (or paddleboard!), the campsites are the most luxurious on the Na Pali Coast, with showers, running water, and shelters. While there, search for signs of the historical community or walk up the valley through old terraces to a spectacular waterfall.
Day 5: After a hearty breakfast, we start our paddle from Milolii and land at Polihale State Park, a remote wild beach on the western side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. From here, we will be picked up and taken to a local hotel for showers, relaxing and a group dinner.
Day 6: After coffee and breakfast, guests will be transported back to Lihue Airport.
Stand Up Paddleboards, Paddles, and personal flotation devices
All meals (specially prepared for us by a local chef)
Transportation from Polihale Beach to Lihue Airport, and from Lihue Airport to starting location
Local, Knowledgeable Guide the entire duration of the trip
Experienced Nurses on hand for any emergencies
We want to be ready for a variety of weather conditions and the right equipment can mean the difference between being miserable and having a great time.
Gear: We will have an escort boat tagging along with us while we paddle. This will insure that we have a safe paddle and are able to handle any emergency situation in a prompt professional manner. This also means that we will be able to bring in supplies (tents, etc.) and food on the escort boat to the different campsites. Cameras and phones should be waterproof or be placed into waterproof containers. A good rule of thumb is, do not bring more than you would carry on a backpacking trip. Everything you bring will need to be put in a waterproof bag. We may be landing in rough conditions and we don’t want essential supplies to get wet.
Clothing: This is Hawaii! Swim suits and boardshorts will be the usual attire. In addition, you may want a light shirt, a rain jacket, warm shirt, or loose pants. We will be paddling bare foot but you might want tennis shoes, slippers (flip flops) or tabis (Japanese reef walkers) for exploring the island. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. For our last night in the hotel, bring something along that is comfortable and casual.
Sleeping material: All you’ll need is a thin sleeping bag or blanket (wool or pile). Down bags are discouraged, because they are too warm and are very likely to get wet.
Tents: Each person or couple should bring a small, waterproof tent with a waterproof rain fly. Practice putting it up at home to be sure you can do this with ease and that all the parts are there. Don’t have a tent? Call or email us for rental details.
Further information about equipment will be supplied as the adventure approaches.
The Na Pali Adventure is “roughing it” combined with luxury. We will be camping out every night (except the last day), sometimes with cold running water and plumbing and at other times using waterfalls and (nice) outhouses. Though the campgrounds are primitive, we will be eating like Ali’i (Royalty.) Every meal will be a feast, sure to sate even the largest of appetites. We have a trained chef preparing all of our meals and he is able to accommodate food restrictions. Please let us know right away if you have dietary restrictions.
Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Travel insurance – To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Please contact SURFit for recommendations.
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