Treat your eyes to the natural beauty of the NaPali coast, which is best viewed from the unique perspective of a raft. This might not strike you as the top choice for hitting the water when you explore the island of Kauai, but rafting provides a variety of advantages above and beyond other types of watercraft. This particular conveyance allows you to fly zip along the coast and even check out caves. It needs to be manned by experts, however, who will prioritize your comfort and enjoyment.
Your ultimate guide to this picture-perfect location? Captain J’s Offshore Adventures. Offering exclusive tours on two state-of-the-art super rafts, Captain J’s provides a memorable experience that is best compared to that of a catamaran cruise — but with greater maneuverability, so you can check out the many features that make this coastline so unique. The upscale rafts provide a surprisingly luxurious experience, complete with individual seating (for over two dozen guests), large bathrooms, and the ability to get out of the sun and enjoy some shade.
If you’re prone to seasickness, this trip probably isn’t for you. The waves can be rough at times and the raft’s speed is impressive, so you should be prepared for a thrilling ride. For most guests, however, this is a clear part of the appeal — and one of the main reasons to book this particular type of tour.
Captain J’s crew further amplifies the already amazing raft experience. The real Captain J (also known as Jude) is passionate about Kauai and the ocean in general. This deep-seated love of exploration is clearly shared by the rest of the company’s personable staff members, who make every effort to ensure that guests feel welcome, safe, and comfortable. Listen up for tidbits on the NaPali coast and the island in general — when you aren’t oohing and ahhing at the sights, you’ll find that this is quite the educational experience.
While sightseeing forms a major component of the Captain J’s experience, the real excitement comes with the snorkeling portion of the tour. After you’ve enjoyed a lovely ride along the coast, you’ll stop at a serene snorkeling spot and receive plenty of time to view colorful reef fish (or even sea turtles) up close. You can also enjoy a tasty snack, such as trail mix or an energy bar. Beverages are provided and, while this is definitely not a booze cruise, you’ll find your juice or seltzer water refreshing.
The actual process of booking and checking in is easy, with reservations available online. Arrive early, as construction and other unexpected delays could otherwise cause you to miss your excursion. You’ll park in the lot near the Port Allen Sunset Bar & Grill — on the clearly marked harbor side. Next, head for the retail area at the Port Allen Marina Center. The staff will take care of the rest, leaving you free to focus on the sights and thrills.
There’s no NaPali experience quite like a trip along the coast with Captain J’s Offshore Adventures. Book an amazing excursion and be prepared to feast your eyes on the coast’s most spectacular scenery.
-If dolphin sightings are a priority, plan to book one of Captain J’s morning tours. This is when the waters tend to be calmer and when dolphins are often easier to spot. There are plenty of excellent visuals during the afternoon, however, and while you might not see dolphins, the golden hour should provide a spectacular view of the white sand beaches in a very different light.
Your experience will largely be dictated not only by the time of day but also, by the season and the specific weather conditions. Summer visits are better for snorkeling, which may be disrupted by large swells during the winter months. No matter when you visit, however, you can expect spectacular views and an exciting expedition.
-When you check-in, you’ll receive a dry bag with a modest amount of space for essential items. Pack light if possible, focusing on photography equipment, your cell phone, sunscreen, and a towel. Don’t worry about snacks or beverages, as these are provided. Dress with the expectation that you’ll get wet.