Coming Soon -Advanced Imi’loa o Te Moana

Coming SoonAdvanced Imi’loa o Te Moana Program for children K-12 and College students. Imi’loa o Te Moana: Explorers of the Ocean. We prefer for parents to join in and interact, whether it be observing, supporting, and laughing. WE LIKE LAUGHING.

The ocean marine project will provide children to be open and learn value, culture, socializing, computer interaction with hawaiian outdoor traditions and lots of guided hands-on activities. They will help preserve, restore, and conserve their direct environment. It will educate them about the ma kalae (marine coast) and it’s relation to the ‘aina (land) and their lives. They will be doing something they can’t do anywhere else in the world, and something that they can apply in your own homes. Be Proud of Your Children, Let Them Be Proud of Their Extraordinary Accomplishments. 


Boating Terms, Policy and Conditions

Terms & Policy


  • Not recommended for individuals who have bad backs, neck, knees, and hip replacements.
  • No smoking on vessel.
  • No pregnant women.

Terms and Conditions

All bookings are nonrefundable if cancelled less than 24 hours prior to activity date. Parties of 4 and up require 72 hours advance notice to cancel; 48 hours for parties of 1-2. Service fee of $10.00 per person will be charged to your credit card to cancel a reservation before 24hrs of the tour.  All activities are at your own risk. No liability, expressed or implied, rests with Kaulana Pali Kai LLC or it’s subsidiaries or officers. For your safety, Snorkeling, and all cruises, in part or whole, are weather permitting.

Captain may use his diescretion in choosing alternate sites (without giving prior notice). Photos of passengers may be used on our website or in promotion materials. Due to the nature of these open ocean excursions, we cannot take pregnant women, those with serious health concerns, a history of spinal injury, or children under the age of 4 on the tours.

Please give us a call at (808) 346-6853 when you arrive on Kauai to reconfirm your cruise.

  • Credit card information is requested to hold and guarantee your reservation.
  • Cancellation Policy: Tours canceled 24 hours prior to the event are nonfundable.
  • Parties of 4 or more require a 50% deposit (nonrefundable within 48 hours of tour.)
  • No shows charged 100%.
  • If Kaulana Pali Kai cancels due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, no charges will be made.
  • If you have any further questions, contact us at (808) 346-6853

IMIʻLOA A KAMALIʻI -Children Info

Imi’ Loa The Explorer and The Kamali’i Children

We have a different price package set for Little Imi’Loa, ages 5 and under.

We are members of the Single Parent Travel Association, a destination that is truly kid and single parent friendly. We share the belief that travel is the greatest educator a child and parent deserves, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. We also strive to include an educational component in each trip. It might be experiencing a different culture or food, or learning about the history of a destination. The children can holoholo (play/explore) and learn at the same time! Minoaka (smiling) fun, adventurous, and exciting!

Our philosophies intentions are to help bring out the child in you, so for those who are parents, we hope to share this memory with you  and your children. For the single parents out there, please let us know, we will try to make sure our fun loving captains don’t play “Pirate” with all the children without helping you keep an extra eye on yours. We also understand how hard it is to make travel arragements, find where to go, and know what to do. Your children will have the benefit of sharing your FAMILY VACATION because it’s an OHANA thing, and holoholo through the adventure. Life is a free school, the cost listed are the boats expenses. *NO TEXT BOOKS ALLOWED, no board games, no papers/journals, kids can keep that in their cabins/rooms. We provide the visuals, text through voice, and the environment.

We provide services to accomodate our children.

  • Infant Safety and Children CPR Certified
  • Children’s Life Vest
  • Floatation Devices
  • Children Snorkels
  • Snacks & Water
  • Shade & Cushion Seating
  • Galley and Port – a – Potty
Guides: Please no running on deck. The vessel is in constant movement, so please keep an eye on the children. 


Captain Malia worked at different levels of educative fields outside the classroom; from accomodating caregiving for non-profit organize supporting parents; to Peer Educationg and Art& Sci for public middle and secondary schools; a Director for Aerosol Art Association,  a Director and Private Instructor for Perfect Day Surf Camp (2yo- 50+), which she brought the attention of the California Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles for Education.

She is training  with Polynesian Voyaging Society to teach the Pacific Voyaging Sailing Technique to children of all ages. She also has built the guideline operations for pregnancy, family and child safety for other private tour boats.

All of our family staffed on deck during her absences have children of their own. Captain Keith who’s love is his 13 grand children (6 mo -17 yo). The newest addition, our youngest crew member, Zhaleb Temana Kaikoa, occasionally  jumps on board Pila Kai with his Kupuna too (grandparent). As of this Spring 2012, they all share the Napali Imi’loa Traditions.

Journals: It’s an option if you want to take your books, we suggest it be kept at your room because of water issuse and it may cause motion sickness, waterproof camera’s are your best bet. Please let the captain and crew know if you(r) kama (child) is writing a journal, drawing a photo or filming a documentary for class. Pila Kai Crewmembers can help you fill that creative block.


One for the family of course, one for the parent, and one for the child.



When does Summer Tour Start?

KAUWELA – The Endless Subtle Summer Tour (May- Sept). Even on cool breezy days you may burn. Itʻs mostly sunny year round. You will want to pack towels, coverage, sunglasses and sunscreen. Thank goodness, We have and ocean and shade!!!

When is Whale Watching Season?

HO’OILO – Winter Season (Oct-April)

HO’OILO A KOHOLA -WINTER and the WHALES come together and bring groups of researchers, observers and lots of wind and rain. Please be advised that these days are weather permitted for your safety. However, we do go out if there is slight wind and rain…because itʻs winter. We would like for you to enjoy whale watching.

Whats the minimum age to ride on the boat?

Kids age 4 and up can ride on the boat.

Can you smoke on the Boat?

No smoking at anytime on board.

If I have a bad back, or neck can I ride the boat?

No bad backs or necks on the tour. The ocean dose get rough at times and would not be recommended for people who have back or neck problems.

If I am taking any kind of medication should I bring it with me on the tour.

Yes, bring any kind of medication you are taking on to the tour. We are going down the Napali Coast which is very remote.

In the event of cancellation due to poor weather, how likely is itthat we would be able to reschedule?

Reschedules are commonly available, you can pencil-in a trip at the last minute if there is an opening.  We recommend for you to schedule the Kaulana Pali Kai Tour a little earlier in your trip to increase the chances of making the journey.

Cancelation Policy?

Cancellation must be done 24 hours before the Kaulana Pali Kai Tour with $10 booking fee per person (The $10 fee is not applicable for “bad weather cancellation”). Parties 3 or more have 72 hours to proceed cancellation.

What is your refund policy regarding the deposit?

No deposit will be taken. Only the credit card info will be held and charged 24 hours before the tour. You have 72 to 48 hours to cancel for tour price refund.You will need you to call# (808)-346-6853 to confirm the tour.

What is your cancellation policy in the event of bad weather?

In the event of of poor weather you may reschedule for another available tour within your kauai vacation, or get a full refund.

When it is time for tour departure, will I have trouble finding the boat?

Directions to the harbor and within the harbor are quite simple. You will likely be coming in from the East of Kekaha, and as you approach town you will see a sign for “Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor” on your left. Turn left into the harbor and go to the end of the road. Parking is available and boat launch is on your left. [Directions from the area of your departing destination will be in the confirmation email sent. Just incase you go site seeing or shopping before your tour, the directions and time length from North to West will be provided. There is no freeway so time length is estimated accordingly. Please arrive 10 minutes before check-in time.

Do you have translators for different languages?

We are proud to say that the Captains do understand and converse in different languages. Some of the crew members also converse in Polynesian languages and  English. *Our trainees do know the ocean and island referenced vocabulary in Hawaiian, various polynesian, Japaneses, Greek, Spanish, and French.

*Much Mahalos, Thanks to Malia’s Perfect Day Surf Camp Crew, Robbie French and The French Association of California

How long is each tour?

All tours are 5 hours.

What is the difference between the morning and afternoon Napali tour?

The morning and afternoon tour are the same, the only difference is that the morning tour is a little less windy, and afternoons are warmer. For photos, the afternoons provide great natural light for you vivid colored cliff shots. Both provide lunch and snorkeling. Please do not believe the myth that the afternoons are gusting winds or very hot. The myth that Islands Sweet Subtle Summer Season Tours (June- Sept) are like Whale Watching Winter Season Tours (Oct-Apri) are untrue. The afternoons in the Sweet Subtle Summer  is silmilar to their mornings with light to medium winds. Kaulana Pali Kai has a roof for shade covering. The hardtop roof has dual functionaliity for shade and play. The Whale Watching Winter  Season morning and afternoons may be a bit windy and we will welcome you on tour if the weather permits and under ocean advisory.[ See gallery photos submitted by guests. Thanks, to everyone who have submitted your wonderful adventure and shared photos with each other.]

What is the difference between a whale watching tour and the full 4 hour Napali Coast Tour?

A whale watching tour is seasonal. The waters of the Napali Coast house migrating humpback whales from the months of December to April. During one of these tours we’ll be out on the waters for 2.5 hours for the primary goal of finding and observing this magnificent creatures. If you happen to book a full tour during Kauai’s whale watching season, you’ll likely have the fortune of seeing a family of humpback whales during your passage to the various activities of a Napali Coast tour. One of the great benefits of these catamaran tours (especially if you and your family book a private tour) is that we can customize the tour based on the passenger’s interests. If the passengers want to spend a little extra time around the whales, that is exactly what you will get.

What if there is unavailable seats on Kaulana Pali Kai (Walkaround)? Do you have other options for availability? Can you refer us?

Don’t worry!! We don’t want you to fly all the waaaay out here, without seeing all sides of the island…because this experience is totally different than seeing it through helicopters. We provide rescheduling. We can provide you to the best reference possible, and also help make arrangements for your tours. Our reference is based on safety, comfort, hospitality…and of course, availability. Pilakai holds 8 ppl: Limits to 1- 6 passangers.We also would suggest Makana, that holds 19 people, but is limited to 10-12 passengers.  In our appreciation (“mahalos much”) for your feedback and questions so that we can provide you space for better enjoyment.  E oluolu e, (Please) use the contact form to inquire.

Will I get sea sick on the tour? 

If you have been on a boat and have got sea sick before, it’s a good idea to take a motion sickness pill at least 1 hour before the boat ride. If this is your first time on a boat, you may get motion sickness if the seas are rough. We can give you directions and info on where to get them for cheap or convience. We also have other tricks to avoid motion sickness that is not in pill form, but in physical awareness and food form.