This was my favorite hike in Hawaii. It was so beautiful I felt like I was in a movie! Make sure to bring lots of water and even a water pump or life straw, we ran out of water and thought we had brought too much initially. Also have a snack, I didn’t eat that day and my legs started shaking quite a bit.
Kalalau is one of the best backpacking trips in the country. Please be respectful of the land and of others. The first part to the beach can be crowded with day hikers but the crowd thins out after that. Great views all the way!
How can you complain about a campground in paradise?!
On the Na Pali Coast trail at the halfway point near Hanakoa Falls is a few primitive spots to call home before venturing on. Warning: The ground is wet (duh, it's Kauai) and "locals" tend to squat in the area. There's a 3-sided shelter to get out of the rain, but that happened to be where a kidding was more or less living. He was sweet and watched out things while we hiked to the waterfall - although he could have easily stolen everything we had.
The area feels so sacred and special that even if you may be miserable and wet, you can't help but feel at peace.
I have done the hike to this campsite 4 times in 4 years. Each year I anticipate going and each time I do it I find myself asking myself, "why am I putting myself through this torture?" Then I am rewarded with the my goal, The kalalau beach. Campsites are spread out with camping available anywhere in the treeline running the whole length of the nearly half mile long beach. The campsites are fare for being so remote but the real treasure here is in the beach. Sit for a sunset and you will understand. Be aware is an 11 mile hike in and an 11 mile hike out. Do your research and get your permits.
the hype does not match the reality. Oh, if you are deaf it is a wonder to behold. The innocent tourists in helicopter tours make it a waste of time and money. Even thou you might be loving the magic which is pervasive, when you leave you will realize you have been cheated.