35. RIDE THE SWELLS IN AN OCEAN RAFT

101 Things to Do (Kauaʻi) - - SEA ADVENTURES -

Rid­ing the swells of the great Pa­cific tucked safely in a pow­ered rigid-hull rub­ber raft is a great way to get an up-close view of danc­ing dol­phins or the towering cliffs and deep-green val­leys of the NAPALI COAST.

Zo­diac in­flat­able rafts are small, durable and look like lifeboats. These sturdy in­flat­a­bles can be used to search for whales, pull up on beaches, steer into sea caves at the base of the Napali cliffs, or hit up snorkel-wor­thy reefs filled with co­ral and fish. Snorkel gear is part of the package, and most com­pa­nies pro­vide lunch.

On most raft­ing tours, you’ll spend four to five hours on the ocean ex­plor­ing sea caves and wa­ter­falls, watch­ing for sea life and rac­ing the swells. Many tours take off from PORT

ALLEN MA­RINA in Ele‘ele. Oth­ers launch from KUKUI‘ULA AND KIKI‘AOLA HARBORS on the west side. Some will even get you into “the rab­bit hole,” or WAIAHUAKUA SEA CAVE, which is the world’s sec­ond­longest sea cave, mea­sur­ing in at 1,155 feet in length. HINT: If you sit in the back of the boat, you’ll get a smoother, more-re­laxed ride. If you sit up front, you’ll get an ad­ven­ture.

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