Located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, the Kalalau Trail is an 11 mile trail along the Na Pali coast, one of the most stunning coastlines in the world. The trail which is a part of the Hawaii State Parks system, leads from the Ke'e beach to the Kalalau beach. In fact, the rugged Na Pali coast can be accessed only from this trail. The trail covers five valleys dropping to sea level at Hanakapi’ai and Kalalau beaches. It is a natural wonder. If you enjoy hiking, this is a must-do in Kauai. However, one needs to take all necessary precautions before hiking this trail as it can be very dangerous especially in bad weather. There have been several injuries and also deaths on this trail. At places, the trail is very narrow with steep drop offs, protruding roots and slippery rocks. Here are some tips before hiking the trail:
- Always hike with someone.
- Leave plans with the hospitality desk of your hotel.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Wear comfortable shoes for mud or water. Water shoes can be a great option.
- Use mosquito repellant and sunscreen.
- Always bring water with you.
- Permits are required for camping.
- The state of Hawaii always asks us not to litter and carry out our own trash.
After you finish hiking, you can go for a refreshing swim at the Ke'e beach. The parking lot at the Ke'e beach (where the trail starts) gets filled up very quickly so it's good to start early to ensure that you get a good parking spot!