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The Hawaiian Islands have some of the most scenic scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. But what makes Hawaii unique is that often the scenery out of the water is just as breathtaking and memorable as what can be found beneath the waves.

A perfect example of this the Na Pali coast, a 6,175-acre state park found on the northwest corner of Kauai. Just one look at Na Pali, also called Napali, and you can see why Kauai is known as the “Garden Island”.

Scuba Diving Hawaii — Unbelievable Natural Beauty

The Napali coast runs from Ke’e Beach all the way to Plihale State Park and features soaring cliffs that feature deep fissures and are covered with lush tropical growth.

These cliffs rise as high as 4,000 feet into the blue sky as they tower above the Pacific Ocean. From a boat on the ocean, they resemble the formidable walls of a castle protecting the Kalalau Valley that lies within the mountains.

Scuba Diving Hawaii — Getting to the Napali Coast

One of the most notable things about the Napali Coast is how relatively inaccessible it is.  There are no roads that run through it or around it. so the best way to view this natural formation is by boat or helicopter.

For a once in a lifetime experience, take a scuba diving trip off the coast of Napali. When you are finished with your dive, see the same view from a different angle by taking the road up to Waimea Canyon to view the colorful spectacle known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”.

For the hearty traveler, you can hike through and over the Napali Coast on the Kalalau Trail, which begins where Hawaii Route 56 — known by the locals as Kuhio Highway — ends. The rugged trail extends 11 miles through the park, traversing five major valleys before reaching Kalalau Beach.

Regardless of how you see it, Napali is a sight you won’t soon forget.