Na Pali Coast Tours on the Southern Star
The next Kauai Activity on our agenda was sailing with Captain Andys on their new catamaran, The Southern Star. I couldn’t wait to see the Na Pali Coast from the Southern Star catamaran after the amazing views I got of the coast from our Kauai Helicopter Tour.
The Captain Andys Southern Star is a new, custom 65′ luxury catamaran. Everything about the Southern Star says “first class.” From the air-conditioned interior lounge and bar area to the fine details like a Koa wood paddle and teak table. Even the bathrooms are top notch. My favorite area was the trampoline at the bow – a great place to relax and take in the beautiful Na Pali Coast.
Once we climbed on board Captain Andys Southern Star the Captain gave us a short safety briefing and told us what we could look forward to in the next few hours. This Kauai Snorkeling Tour had it all – snorkeling, whale watching (in season), Na Pali Coast Tour, delicious lunch and dolphin watching.
I grabbed a drink as we left Port Allen Harbor and began our Na Pali Coast Adventure!
When we made it to the Kauai Snorkeling spot we got our equipment and jumped in. The water felt great and the fish were spectacular. Some snorkelers even saw green sea turtles.
Check out this video of Na Pali Coast Tours and Kauai Snorkeling with Captain Andys.
After snorkeling we did some whale watching. Unfortunately I was not quick enough with my camera to capture the whales but they were majestic! Quite a sight to see! We even listened to their song with a hydrophone. (Click the video above to hear the song of the Humpback Whales)
By this time we were nearing the Na Pali Coast. The 17 mile Na Pali Coast extends from Ke’e Beach to Polihale State Park. The cliffs (pali) rise as high as 4,000 ft above the Pacific Ocean. The Na Pali coast cannot be accessed by car. The only way to experience this Kauai wonder is by hiking, boating or a Kauai Helicopter Tour. My photos do not even begin to do the Na Pali Coast justice. The cliffs are spectacular and the colors are amazing but lighting was not on my side to capture the stunning colors of the coast.
John enjoying the views of the Na Pali Coast.
On our way back to Port Allen the crew fired up the grill and made a delicious lunch! Burgers and chicken with all of the fixings were cooked on board. As I ate I thought this truly is a cheeseburger in paradise.
The secret ingredient in making the Southern Star such a luxury boating experience was the crew. They were very friendly and made each person on board feel like a VIP. They did a great job teaching us about the whales and dolphins we saw from the boat. They made sure no one was thirsty and brought us unlimited drinks from the open bar. The Southern Star crew worked hard the entire tour but kept smiling and acted like it was their pleasure to be on board.
I highly recommend the Captain Andys Na Pali Snorkel BBQ Sail. Seeing the Na Pali Coast by boat should not be missed on your Kauai Vacation. If you are not interested in Kauai Snorkeling, Hawaii Discount offers Kauai Sunset Cruises and Kauai Dinner Cruises that sail the Na Pali coast.
Have you ever sailed the Na Pali coast? What did you think about it?