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Kalalau Trail

#5 of 280 things to do in Kauai Features Animals
Kauai, HI
+1 808-587-0400
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Our Favourite Hawaiian Trail

First of all, there is plenty of parking. Granted we went slightly out of season (mid-May), but... read more

Reviewed today
Stunning views, a Kauai must!

This is my favorite Kauai activity, and a must if you are an outdoor enthusiast! The trail is... read more

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Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed today

First of all, there is plenty of parking. Granted we went slightly out of season (mid-May), but knowing how busy it can get, we were happy. You've also got toilets and a water fountain at the trail head too. As I'm sure it's been mentioned,...More

Thank TheForrestGump
Reviewed yesterday

This is my favorite Kauai activity, and a must if you are an outdoor enthusiast! The trail is certainly challenging, and I would definitely recommend anyone embarking prepare with (at minimum) good shoes, water, and snacks. The views are stunning, and the beach hike can...More

Thank hkmuerhoff
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did this hike for the second time in 3 years going all the way from Ke'e Beach to the Kalalau Beach. This is NOT a hike for the uninitiated hiker. You must plan for it equipment wise, physically and mentally. For some it is...More

1  Thank Andy L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a truly extraordinary hike. Take water, sun screen, and more water. Go up to the falls. Take water-tolerant foot wear -- Keens, Tevas, Chocos, etc. Epic day. Enjoy.

Thank ryder03
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a difficult time finding a place to park because parking in this area is both for Kalalau Trail and Ke'e Beach. Both are at the end of the road before Napali Coast. Since I have a leg disability, I did have some difficulty...More

Thank DWbiker
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail starts at Ke'e Beach (the northern most beach on the island) across from the main parking area but we only hiked the first two miles to Hanakakpi'ai Beach . It took us 4-5 hours; but we stopped lots for photos and just to...More

1  Thank Cincytraveler44
Reviewed 1 week ago

Commencing @ Kee Beach this fantastic trail climbs steeply to give you magnificent views along the Napali coast. Only did the Two Mile section to Hanakapi Beach and return (allow 3-4hrs) beaches at either end marvelous (Hanakapi rated a bit dangerous for swimming but great...More

Thank rossgglover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family of Five 20 year old, 17 year old, 10 year old and us parents in the late 40s. We started on the hike which wasn't to bad and stayed on the trail all the way to Hanakapi al river. We decided to take the...More

2  Thank iwantsnow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky to have a sunny and breezy day with no rain for our hike. We did a couple of hours and enjoyed it. Next time I would love to get up early and do the whole 11 miles, chill at the beach all...More

Thank Deniseka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get to the car park early because, like everywhere in Hawaii, parking areas cannot cope with the numbers of visitors. We had to park 20 minutes away. The hike is steeply up and down but on our visit it was mostly dry and not slippery....More

1  Thank plmn
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What kind of footwear would you recommend for this part of the trail?
29 April 2017|
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Response from Leanna L | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I think it is best to wear some sort of hiking shoes with good grip because the rocks on the trail can get slick. That being said, I saw people wearing regular sneakers and even a few people in flip flops... More
Hi, did it cost money
7 March 2017|
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Response from Rodger M | Reviewed this property |
No it's free. All of the hiking trails in Kauai are free. No fees for parking either.
What shoes did you have there? I have no idea what to bring with me..athletic, sandals, hikers, other?
3 February 2017|
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Response from WhereIsCC | Reviewed this property |
Any weather resistant hiking footwear & an extra pair of socks if you're going the boot route!