2006 Pride of Hawai'i Cruise, Na'Pali Coastline of Kaua'i

Na'Pali Coastline of Kaua'i



One of the highlights of the Hawaiian cruise is a daylight passage of the spectacular Na'Pali Coast of Kaua'i. These incredible sea cliffs were formed over the eons by a combination of the ocean undercutting the land from below, and by the water runoff from above. Kaua'i gets a lot of rain, even on the leeward side.

To add to the spectacular knife-edge cliffs, most of Kaua'i is red soil. When that soil is covered by luxurious plant growth, you get a remarkable contrast of green and red. As the clouds pass by, this landscape is sometimes in shadow, sometimes in bright sunlight.

This area is just awesome. Most visitors to the island are unlikely to see this view, unless they take a helicopter ride. Viewing it from the Pride of Hawai'i was wonderful. We actually had two chances to see the coast, due to the unfortunate need to offload a medical case back in Nawiliwili. So, just as the Na'Pali cruise was ending, the Pride reversed course and we enjoyed the entire coastline again.

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Approaching Na Pali from Hanalei -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Approaching Na Pali from Hanalei]


[There Are Many Deep Valleys Along the Na Pali Coast]

There Are Many Deep Valleys Along the Na Pali Coast -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

The Patchy Sunlight Plays Along the Base of the Valley -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[The Patchy Sunlight Plays Along the Base of the Valley]


[Another Awesome Canyon]

Another Awesome Canyon -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Waterfalls Right Into the Ocean -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Waterfalls Right Into the Ocean]


[More Yet Awesome Valley]

More Yet Awesome Valley -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

A Natural Cave Made By Ocean Waves -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[A Natural Cave Made By Ocean Waves]


[An Excursion Boat Gets Close to the Waterfall]

An Excursion Boat Gets Close to the Waterfall -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Waterfall Cascading Down a Cliff -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Waterfall Cascading Down a Cliff]


[Spectacular Coastline]

Spectacular Coastline -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Amazing Colors: Green Plants and Red Soil -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Amazing Colors: Green Plants and Red Soil]


[Another Cave Made by Ocean Waves]

Another Cave Made by Ocean Waves -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Another Waterfall -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Another Waterfall]


[Another Huge Valley with Excursion Boat]

Another Huge Valley with Excursion Boat -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

Spectacular View of Rugged Cliffs -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[Spectacular View of Rugged Cliffs]


[The Cliff is Made Up of Vertical Knife-Edge Canyons]

The Cliff is Made Up of Vertical Knife-Edge Canyons -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

It Might Be a Little Hard to Get to This Beach -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[It Might Be a Little Hard to Get to This Beach]


[Another Waterfall]

Another Waterfall -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

More Amazing Colors -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i


[More Amazing Colors]


[Isolated Beach]

Isolated Beach -- 2006 Cruise on Pride of Hawai'i

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