We will be taking our first trip to Kauai in early February 2013 and really want to see the Na Pali coast from boat. I have done a search for Tour operators and there is lots to choose from.
Our biggest problem is my wife get sea sick almost every time. We have done numerous boat trips on the other islands and she has tried all types of ginger, Bonamine, Gravol etc etc. Nothing seems to work and she gets seasick. Most of these boat trips were bigger boats for 40-60 people and fairly calm conditions. Strangely the only time she didn't get seasick was on the little inflatable type rubber dingys that only carry 15 people or so. I think most seasick type people have an easier time on larger boats, but my wife seems to be the opposite, if that makes any sense? Maybe the waters were calm on that day smaller in smaller inflatable. She seems to think going faster helps, it's the slow trolling along going up and down that does her in, and thats why the smaller inflatable worked better for her because you got a better sense of speed in it, but maybe it's just that the water was more calm that day, I don't know for sure.
We are staying in Poipu and would prefer to take a tour starting from the south coast. Also we would prefer something short and sweet (maybe a couple hours) and not a dinner cruise, snorkelling, shoreline stop or other excursion where it might ruin her day if we are on the water too long.
She wants to go in a smaller boat. But my thoughts are that the water at that time of year may be rougher along the Na Pali coast, and therefore that smaller boat will be rocking quite a bit and we would be better off in a larger boat.
This is where I could really use the use the advice of others with experience here. Has anynody else taken a Na Pali boat tour that fit out criteria? Is a bigger boat better for her? Would we be better off driving up to the North Shore and going from there? Thanks.