Pali is the Hawaiian word for cliff. The ones we saw were spectacular. The only way to see the Na Pali coast is by boat, helicopter or plane.
We had to check in at the boat at 8:00 in Port Allen on the southern part of the island, a drive of a little over an hour so we left the condo at 6:30. The 65 foot catamaran was big enough that the 30 or so passengers had plenty of room to walk around and enjoy the trip. As soon as we left the dock we saw spinner dolphins in the water. We saw several more pods along the way bowriding and jumping. They are smaller than our bottlenose dolphins and are named spinner dolphins because of the way they spin when they jump. The captain stopped a couple of times to watch humpback whales. We saw several pairs of a mother and calf. Sometimes there was a third whale with them. Most of the whales are headed back to the northern waters so we were lucky to see them this late in the season. We ate breakfast as we rode along.
Along the coast we could see a big sugar cane plantation. We also saw a missile defense base, the last line of defense in the Pacific.
The cliffs of the Na Pali coast rise straight up out of the ocean. The sharp ridges covered with green jungle were fantastic. We passed by tunnels and arches cut through by the waves. Waterfalls cascaded into the ocean.
We stopped at a cove to snorkel and have lunch. The crew put up the sails as we headed by to port. It was a great day.