10 Na Pali Coast Tours with Toddlers and Babies (2024)

Looking for Na Pali Coast tours with toddlers and babies allowed? I have a list of the top options for you!

When I was planning my Kauai trip, the number 1 thing on my list was a Na Pali Coast snorkel cruise. I had my toddler (3 at the time) with me, so I had to do some research to ensure there was a cruise that would allow him.

Good news is that I found a couple of options. While most of the snorkel cruises offered allow ages 5 and up, there ARE a couple that allow as young as 3 years old.

Bad news is that 3 is the lowest age allowed on the public tours. Womp, womp. BUT— if you can’t make the snorkel cruise, another AMAZING option is a helicopter tour.

The helicopter tours take you all around the island, including the Na Pali coast. And many of them allow lap infants under 2 years old (AND they’re free!)

You’ll get about 45-60 minutes of in-air time viewing all the beauty the island has to offer.

No matter which option you choose, you will have a mesmerizing experience.

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Key Takeaways

  • The youngest age allowed on Na Pali Coast snorkel cruises is 3 years old.
  • Na Pali Coast snorkel cruises take between 4-6 hours, depending on the cruise you choose.
  • Another option is a helicopter tour.  Most allow ages 2+ but there are options for lap infants as well.
  • Helicopter tours take guests all around the island, including the Na Pali Coast, and the ride lasts about 1 hour.

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Na Pali Coast Boat Tours for Toddlers

This is the sitch on the cruises—everyone meets up, they give you the introduction and safety information, then everyone heads onto the boat.

Once you get on the water, the captain narrates what you’re seeing, gives you history of the coast and Kauai, and any other fun tidbits they have.

The ride up the coast is 17 miles of sea arches, caves, rock formations, pristine beaches, and gorgeous shoreline. The smaller cruises can also go into the sea caves, the bigger cruises will slowly stop so you can look at them.  

Most of the boat cruises are snorkel tours and it takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to the snorkeling point. You’ll get about 1 hour to snorkel and swim, then you’ll head back. So, the whole tour lasts about 5 hours. You’ll also get served a meal plus drinks onboard.

Captain Obvious here- this cruise goes into the sea. Sea conditions can get rough, so this could be an adventure. Bring Dramamine or a sea band just in case, even if you don’t usually get seasick. I took it before we got on AND at the mid-way point and still got a little woozy on the way back.

More importantly, the cruise will take you through one of the most beautiful scenes in the whole world. Bring your camera, but also just enjoy the sheer beauty of what you’re viewing!

Now for the fun part, which cruise will you choose?

They all offer the same thing—showing you the Na Pali Coast. But they all have their own twist, so pick whichever one sounds the most fun for you!

Boat Tour Options for 3 Years+

1. Lucky Lady Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour

Get an early start to the day and take this Lucky Lady half-day snorkel tour on a luxury catamaran. It’s earned Viator’s Badge of Excellence and has almost 1,000 reviews!

You’ll cruise along the coast for almost 2 hours taking in all the beautiful views, then stop at a reef to snorkel and swim for about 45 minutes.  Snorkeling equipment and instruction are offered by the crew.

A breakfast treat, a deli lunch, sodas, and iced water are all included. Beer, wine, and mai tais are available for the adults too.

This tour is roughly 5.5 hours.

Start time: 6:45am
Price: $217.42 per adult (ages 13+), $206 per child (ages 3-12)

2. Lucky Lady Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Snorkel Tour

If you’d rather head out later in the day and catch a Kauai sunset, try the afternoon version of the Lucky Lady tour. It’s also earned the Viator Badge of Excellence.

Like the morning version, this tour takes you on an almost 2-hour ride up the coast taking in all of its jaw-dropping beauty. During whale season, December – April, you might even spot a whale on your trip.

You’ll stop at a reef to snorkel and swim for 45 minutes, then make your way back to the starting point while you chase the sun.

A hearty dinner is served including appetizers, salad, a buffet, and dessert. Sodas, waters, and alcohol for 21+ is all included too.

This tour is roughly 5.5 hours.

Start time: 1:15pm
Price: $217.42 per adult (ages 13+), $206 per child (ages 3-12)

3. ‘IMILOA Express Na Pali Sunset Tour

If snorkeling isn’t your thing, try an express tour. Another Viator Badge of Excellence operator with 4.5 stars and over 100 reviews.

Hop on a speedy boat and take in the views as your guide narrates the surroundings and gives you history and interesting facts about the island.

A full dinner, sodas and water, plus alcohol for adults are all included. On your way back you’ll get to see a different view of the coast at golden hour.

This tour is roughly 4 hours (1.5 hours shorter than the others).

Start time: 2:00pm
Price: $179.37 per adult (ages 13+), $168.50 per child (ages 3-12)

Boat Tour Options for 5 Years+

4. Na Pali Sunset and Sightsee Boat Tour

Another option for non-snorkelers. Hop on this power catamaran for a slow ride up the coast. This almost 5-star tour has nearly 900 reviews!

You can relax while you take in the views, listen to the guide give you details about the Na Pali coast and Kauai history, and have an al fresco dinner during golden hour. What a treat!

A full dinner, sodas and waters, plus beer, wine, and craft drinks are all included.

This tour is roughly 5 hours.

Start time: 2:00pm
Price: $242.16 per adult (ages 13+), $219.11 per child (ages 5-12)

5. Ni’ihau and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Boat Tour

Put on your explorer hat and spend the day on a power catamaran going through the Na Pali coast AND the forbidden island of Ni’ihau.

Unlike the other tours, this one is a full day tour, and you’ll explore 60 miles of shoreline. You’ll learn interesting facts, history, and legends about Kauai from the guide throughout the tour.

You’ll see the whole Na Pali coast, and instead of turning back when the other tours do, this one continues onto Lehua Crater and Ni’ihau where your snorkeling adventure begins.

The water conditions in Ni’ihau are some of the clearest in all of Hawaii, and because not as many visit the area, more elusive animals show up!

Since you’ll be there all day, you’ll get a light breakfast and lunch, sodas and waters, and alcoholic beverages for adults.  

This tour is roughly 8 hours.

Start time: 6:00am

Price: $357.48 per adult (ages 13+), $334.42 per child (ages 5-12)

Helicopter Options

If you don’t want to spend the day on the water, another option is to see Na Pali Coast from above! Choose from different options of helicopters and airplanes.

Not only will you see the Na Pali coast, but you’ll see all of Kauai’s most famous landmarks.  

Some of the hot spots you’ll fly over are Waimea Canyon, Mt. Waialeale (a dormant shield volcano), the North Shore, and Manawaiopuna Falls—also known as Jurassic Park falls.

The flights last between 45-60 minutes depending on the tour you choose.

The best part about a helicopter tour is that you will see parts of the island that are inaccessible in any other way (which is roughly 70%!)

And more good news—each of the recommended tours below besides one allows babies! Children under 2 are considered lap infants and they’re free. 

6. Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

This 5-star rated tour earned Viator’s Badge of Excellence, plus over 1,500 reviews. It’s also the only Hawaiian helicopter tour company that has received the FAA’s Certificate of Excellence Award!

The new Eco-Star helicopters offer business class-style seats and reduce overflight noise by 50%. Guests also get Bose aviation-grade noise cancelling headsets to use to talk to the pilot.

You’ll soar above the island taking in all of jaw-dropping beauty through the wide viewing windows while the pilot, also a certified Hawaii Tour Guide, explains everything about it.

At the end of the flight, you’ll also be able to purchase a USB in-flight video and photo package so you can remember the moment forever (and show off to everyone at home, hehe!)

Flight time is 50 minutes, and the helicopter holds a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6 people.

Start times: 8am, 9:05am, 10:10am, 11:15am, 1:20pm, 2:25pm, 3:30pm
Price: $349 or $389 per person depending on option (ages 2+), Free for lap infant (under 2)

7. Deluxe Waterfall Safari

This deluxe waterfall tour is rated 5 stars with over 600 reviews, plus it gained Viator’s Badge of Excellence rating.

As you soar through the sky marveling at Kauai’s most beautiful gems, the pilot will give information about the landscapes you’re passing over, including the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, and Mt. Waialeale. 

Flight time is 55 minutes, and the helicopter holds a maximum of 6 people.

Start times: 8:25am, 9:30am, 10:35am, 11:40am, 1:40pm, 2:45pm, 3:50pm
Price: $309 per person (ages 2+), Free for lap infant (under 2)

8. Ultimate Kauai Adventure

Take an adventure in the sky with this highly rated tour with over 100 reviews.

You’ll have the option to soar above the island in a standard or luxury helicopter. Both are designed specifically for sightseeing and offer big viewing windows, but the windows in the luxury option are a bit bigger.

At the end of your trip, you’ll have the option to purchase a souvenir DVD and photos of your tour too.  

Flight time is between 50-55 minutes, and the plane holds a maximum of 6 people.

Start times: 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Price: $294 or $349 per person depending on option (ages 2+), Free for lap infant (under 2)

Airplane Options

9. Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

If you’d prefer a plane, take this tour in a slow-flying airvan, designed for sightseeing. It’s rated 5 stars with over 1,000 reviews on Viator!

You’ll slowly fly above the island as the pilot narrates everything you’re seeing. Noise reduction headphones that allow you to talk to the pilot are included.

The large bubble windows and spacious cabin give you plenty of room and great views of all the famous landmarks of the island plus waterfalls, the Menehune Fish Pond, Eucalyptus Tunnel of Trees, and the Waita Reservoir.  

Flight time is approximately 1 hour, and the plane holds a maximum of 6 people.

Start times: 8:25am, 9:30am, 10:35am, 11:40am, 1:40pm, 2:45pm, 3:50pm
Price: $149 per person (ages 3+), Free for lap infant (under 2)

10. Private Kauai Airplane Tour

If you want the plane all to yourself, try this private airplane tour! This 5-star air tour earned the Viator Badge of Excellence, plus over 100 reviews.

The high-wings plus the large windows make aerial viewing ideal, and all of the sights are described by the pilot as you fly above them. And since it’s just your group, receive undivided attention with a bit of personalization!

Flight time is approximately 1 hour, and each reservation requires a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people.  

Start times: 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm
Price: $209 per adult, minimum 2 adults (ages 10+), $179 per child (ages 2-9)

Our Experience on a Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tour

So you know what to expect, I want to give you the lowdown on our experience. 

We went on a half-day snorkeling tour, leaving in the morning. It was absolutely one of the highlights of my trip to Kauai. The sheer beauty is something I will always remember. The cruise itself was fun, the staff was very nice and helpful, there’s ton of food, and the atmosphere is fun. 

There are a couple of things I want to point out to you though (nothing bad, just telling you so that you’re aware). 

Firstly, after I got pregnant, I started getting seasick. A lot of reviews I read about the Na Pali Coast tours is that it can get rough. That got me nervous so I bought Dramamine and took them before we got on the boat. 

It worked for the whole ride over to the snorkeling spot, and stopped working as we were floating there. I popped more but they didn’t work. So the second half of the trip I was not in a great spot. There were numerous others on the trip that were in the same condition, if not worse. A little girl instantly got sick and had to lay down the whole time, I felt horrible for her! 

When they say it can get bumpy, they are not being dramatic. If I were to go again, I would get something more powerful because I felt like I missed out on fun because I was feeling nauseous. 

Secondly, they pack these cruises tight so expect a lot of other people with you. Most excursions in Hawaii are crowded so I guess it’s just the name of the game. 

I still had an amazing time and would 100% recommend visiting the Na Pali Coast though! 

As you can see below, my toddler had a blast and was relaxed enough to fall asleep right on the table! 

na pali coast tours with toddlers

Wrapping Up: Na Pali Coast Tours With Toddlers and Babies

Whether you see it on the water or in the air, you won’t be disappointed on a tour of the amazing Na Pali Coast.


While the cruises don’t allow babies, there are tour options for toddlers as young as 3 years old. The air tours allow for free lap infants, under the age of 24 months.

So whichever option you go with, I hope you have the BEST time!

And if it’s your first time, check out my first timers guide to Kauai with kids by clicking here!


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