In Search Of Special Tropical Hikes: Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

Wherever we go, we hike as well – and Hawaii is such a special place to hike. The views, the plants, the colors – everything is so unique!

This hike is world famous for a reason!

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai, Hawaii

We hiked in different parts of Kauai, the oldest Hawaiian island within the 10 days of our stay. Although it’s so hard to decide which hike is our favorite, we would probably choose Kalalau Trail along Na Pali Coast.

The reason is that along this trail there’s not only special vista points or beaches or waterfalls which will enchant you, but almost every step will take your breath away and will remind you that you are on a tropical hike – a special one!

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

Views of Ke’e Beach, the crystal clear turquoise water along the coastline, Na Pali’s towering cliffs, lush green valleys, small bamboo forests and other tropical species which we don’t even know by name – this is a taste of what you get on this hike.

Because of its unique beauties, Kalalau Trail is the most popular in Kauai and it’s a truly busy trail, you can expect to be always surrounded by other hikers. At least, it’s very hard to get lost.

Day hike? It could be!

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

Hiking Kalalau Trail all the way requires multiple days, we only did a one day section of it.

It starts at Ke’e Beach and the first 2 miles of the hike is along the coastline on Kalalau Trail. Then we reached Hanakapi’ai Beach and headed into the valley on Hanakapi’ai Trail. After another 2 miles we reached our final destination: the enormous Hanakapi’ai Falls (300 feet/91 m).

Hanakapi’ai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Altogether this 8 miles took us 8 hours, but we spent an hour enjoying Hanakapi’ai Beach and another hour at Hanakapi’ai Falls.

Be careful where to swim

Hanakapi’ai Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Hanakapi’ai Beach is usually dangerous to swim so you better just admire its beauty, but you can swim in the pool of Hanakapi’ai Falls if you want – I warn you, it’s damn cold.

However Ke’e Beach at the trailhead is an ideal place to swim – we did it after the hike and we were also rewarded with a beautiful sunset view of Na Pali’s huge cliffs.

Ke’e Beach at Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Mud is fun!

Expect to be muddy if you decide to do this hike. If you are already prepared that you will be dirty from head to toe there’s nothing to worry about, you can actually enjoy the mud.

Hanakapi’ai Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Which is the most special hike you’ve done in your life so far?


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  1. How beautiful. I have always wanted to go there myself. My feet are itchy now 🙂 because the hiker inside of me wants to go hiking there really bad

    1. It’s a very unique mixture of a tropical beach dream and a jungle hike! One of our favorite hikes in the world (not that we’ve seen enough yet, haha) and our pics make us want to go back, too!

  2. Eek! Heading to Kauai in a little over a month! I read your post last year when I was in the planning phases. Now I have my own blog and know how important it is to tell the blogger how useful their content is. So…thanks! 🙂


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