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10 gorgeous places to see in a kayak

By: Josh Lew on March 20, 2013, 1:50 p.m.
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Na Pali Coast, Kauai

The Na Pali Coast, which covers part of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, is often referred to as one of the most beautiful coastline landscapes in the world. This 17-mile stretch of oceanside land features towering four-thousand-foot cliffs (Na Pali actually means “The Cliffs” in Hawaiian).

Since this part of the island is inaccessible by car, boat is actually the best option for visitors (unless they want to spring for a sightseeing plane ride or a helicopter flight). Specialty tour companies offer 17-mile sea kayak tours that run between the Haena Beach Park and Polihale State Park, which sit on opposite ends of the Na Pali Coast. In addition to the astonishing cliffs, paddlers will encounter waterfalls, sea caves and secluded beaches.