There is something to be said about snorkeling with 2,000 foot high cliffs towering over you. Whether your face is below or above the water, youʻll be in complete awe with natures stunning beauty.
Nualolo is our primary snorkeling destination which is easily the best snorkeling area on the entire Na Pali Coast. Fortunately for us, the majority of the Na Pali tour boats are prohibited from snorkeling in this area due to strict DLNR regulation which prevents higher capacity vessels from entering this protected reef site. We fall below the set passenger limit which allows us access to this pristine area.
Na Pali Pirates provides and includes top quality snorkel gear for all passengers. This includes mask, snorkel, fins, and defogger. As for safety equipment, we have 3 different styles of life vests in a variety of sizes for those who want a little extra help while in the water as well as our crew member acting as a lifeguard at all times.
Expect to see a variety of Hawaiian fish, green sea turtles, and maybe even a friendly white tipped reef shark or endemic and endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. Octopuses, Eagle Rays, lobsters, and eels have also been spotted at our beloved Nualolo snorkel location.
For those who would rather stay high and dry, feel free to relax on the boat, listen to some music and get to know your captain and crew. Our expert staff know Kauaʻi like the back of their hand and are always happy to share their island knowledge with you. Cool drinks, tasty snacks, and fresh fruit will be served during our one hour snorkel stop at Nualolo reef.
On the rare days that we are unable to snorkel at Nualolo due to conditions, our back up plan is to find a deserted white sand beach with crystal clear water, anchor out, and have a fun swim. Sometimes we are unsure if this should be our back up plan or our preferred plan because the clarity of the water over the white sand bottom is a gorgeous and inviting sight. As you can see, Na Pali Coast makes it easy for us to have fun regardless of conditions.
Discover Kauai's Finest Treasure!
Explore the entirety of the Na Pali Coast by Zodiac, including every sea cave on the coast, a high chance of dolphin encounters, and snorkeling at Nualolo Cove.
Departing daily from Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor in Kekaha, Na Pali Pirates operates Zodiac Raft adventure tours of the legendary Na Pali Coast. See dolphins and other marine life, go inside Na Pali’s sea caves, and snorkel at pristine Nualolo Cove. Prepare yourself for a boat tour adventure and experience of a lifetime!