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Voyage to Niihau & Na Pali Coast Premier Snorkel Cruise
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Get off the beaten path and explore the best snorkel locations on Kauai on a premium 7-hour ocean expedition. Holo Holo is Kauai's only snorkel boat to cruise the Na Pali Coast and the coast of the Forbidden Island of Niihau, and Lehua Crater.

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See Kauai’s crown jewel, the rugged and breathtaking Na Pali coast, then cross the channel to the Forbidden Island of Niihau. Sailing to Niihau is an adventure many never get the opportunity to experience, and this premier snorkel tour departing from Port Allen is the only boat cruise that goes there. Unspoiled and pristine, the coastlines of Niihau and Lehua crater are truly the hidden gems of snorkeling in Kauai. After exploring the underwater world at your secret dive spot, the crew will have a deli-style buffet lunch ready for you. Beer and wine are also served after snorkeling.

Why is Niihau called the Forbidden Island?

The Island of Niihau was purchased from King Kamehameha V in 1864 by the ancestors of the Robinson family, who now own the island. One of the requirements of the purchase of Niihau was the promise to preserve native Hawaiian language and Niihau's way of life. Since the purchase, the island has remained off limits to all but Niihauans born on the island: even Hawaiians from other islands are not permitted to visit.

What is Lehua Crater?

Often referred to as the Molokini of Kauai, Lehua Crater is the remnants of a collapsed volcano located to the north of Niihau. The crescent shape of the crater, similar to Molokini, offers an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving. This is one of the best snorkel locations in the entire state of Hawaii!

The Menu

  • Scrambled Eggs with Sauteed Veggies
  • Fresh Baked Pastries
  • Mixed Tropical Fruit Platter
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Water, Island Juices & Soft Drinks

Deli-style Buffet Lunch:
  • Breads: Whole wheat loaf and Sourdough Rolls
  • Select meats & cheeses: Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Salami, Cheddar, Jack, Provolone and Swiss
  • Condiments & Veggies: Lettuce, Tomato, Clover or Local Sprouts, Onion, Pickles and Pepperoncini
  • Vegan: Bowtie Penne Pasta Salad with Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese and Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
  • Vegetable Platter: Carrot Sticks, Celery Sticks, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Spinach Dip
  • Homemade Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
  • Beverages: Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, Island Juice, Water & Ginger Beer

Boat Information:
Name: Holo Holo
Size: A state-of-the-art 65-foot powered catamaran
Capacity: Licensed to carry 65 passengers, but limited to 49 passengers for comfort & safety
Safety: Lifeguard-certified crew members always on board
Accessibility: This vessel is not wheelchair accessible
Amenities: Full service galley and bar, two large marine lavatories (bathrooms) on deck, fresh water showers, and a large cabin for shade
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Na Pali Coast & Niihau Snorkel Cruise
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Adult (Age 13 & over)
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USD 203.23
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GE Tax and Harbor Fee included
  • Duration: 7.5 - 8 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Bottled water / Alcoholic beverages / Continental breakfast / Lunch / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 06:00 Check-in at Port Allen Marina
  • Na Pali Coast
    na_pali_coast See the secluded Na Pali coast, accessible only by boat or by hiking the rugged Kalalau Trail. The Na Pali coast is known for its towering emerald sea cliffs and jagged ridge lines.
  • Niihau
    lehua-crater-and-kauai Sail west to the north shore of Niihau, an island closed to the public. Niihau, known as "the Forbidden Isle," is owned by the Robinson family who maintain a sanctuary for Native Hawaiian plants, birds, and traditional ways of life.
  • Lehua Island
    lehua-crater-and-kauai Less than a mile north of Niihau, Lehua is a barren crescent-shaped island that serves as a wildlife sanctuary for native seabirds and marine life—the perfect destination for a snorkeling expedition!
  • 13:30-14:00 Check-out
Package detail / Schedule
    • Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Non-swimmers are not allowed in the water.
    • If tour routes are changed or anticipated to change due to ocean and weather conditions, the Captain will brief office staff and passengers once the check-in process has been completed.
    • Weather can be unpredictable at times, therefore; all tours and/or tour destinations are ocean conditions permitting. Your Captain will decide if your tour and/or destination will need to be cancelled or rerouted.
    • Should the captain brief about the weather and ocean conditions, passengers are given the option to continue on the tour, reschedule to another day, or cancel without any penalties.
    • If you do not have your prescribed medication with you, i.e. inhalers, EpiPens, diabetic medicines, you must reschedule for another day.
    • The activity provider reserves the right to refuse service.
    • Smoking is not allowed on this tour.
    • Drones or any unmanned aircraft are not allowed on board the vessel.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Swimsuit
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Participants are required to disclose their medical conditions.
Additional Note(s)
    • The menu is subject to change without notice.
    • All tours are “Bare-Foot”. No shoes are allowed on board. Passengers will remove their shoes prior to boarding. Only Orthopedic/Diabetic exceptions will be made at captain’s direction.
    • Do not park at the harbor or pier and please use the Holo Holo parking lot only or your car will be towed.
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Are prescription snorkeling masks available?
  • Yes, prescription masks are available.
What is the breakfast and lunch menu?
  • Breakfast: Continental breakfast of pastries, coffee, and juice

    Lunch: A gourmet deli-style buffet lunch including a variety of deli meats, cheeses, veggies, and breads to make an excellent sandwich. Includes pasta salad and fresh fruit, assorted soft drinks, island juice, beer and wine
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
  • Yes, but flotation noodles are provided in case of an emergency.
How close do we actually get to Ni'ihau?
  • You will not get too close to Ni'ihau since it is private property, but your snorkel site is at the Lihue rock which is off-shore.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • It depends on the time of year, but we recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Will we see whales?
  • Every year Humpback Whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii, and although not guaranteed, they are often seen between the months of December and April.
Is this activity family-friendly?
  • Yes, families are welcome on this tour, however, children under six can not participate due to safety reasons.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellation made after 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Group of 5 or less).
    Any cancellation made after 18:00 local time, 8 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Group of 6 or more).
Change policy
  • Any reservation rescheduled 24 hours prior to check in will be subject to a rescheduling fee of $25 per person. This charge will be collected by Holo Holo Charters when the booking is rescheduled.
USD 256.99
USD 256.99

Taxes & fees included

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(4.81/5.00) 4.81 / 5
(16 reviews)

Pick-up Not available
Duration 7.5 - 8 hour(s)
Availability Daily
Meal Continental breakfast, Lunch


We had a great time on this snorkel cruise! The Na Pali Coast is gorgeous and our crew made the experience that much better by being so friendly and accommodating. They were right there if you needed ...more
by: jqgossard
5 Star Yelp Review: Amazing tour with Captain & crew out to the Na Pali Coast and Niihau island! We had an amazing time! Drew and Kamaile were awesome hosts making us feel comfortable and welcoming u...more
by: Brb
It was beautiful site seeing. The caves were awesome and going through a natural waterfall was amazing. Then we were lucky to snorkeling around the forbidden island. On are way back we got to see a s...more
USD 256.99
USD 256.99
4.81 / 5
Voyage to Niihau & Na Pali Coast Premier Snorkel Cruise