From what you metioned, and not comfortable with heights, you might check out Capt. Andy Catamaran. Maybe a morning trip, but what ever feels good to you all.
Viewing the Napali by boat is quite a bitg more enjoyable for a longer period of time for about the same costs.
Better opportunities to take photos. The boat trips are about 5 hours, the air tours are about an hour with not much time along the Napali.
With the boat trip, you will see quite a bit of the Napali, sea caves, beaches, probably dolphins, get in some snorkeling, have lunch and drinks, etc.
Have fun, and lay back and enjoy.
I just re-read your post, you can make life really easy by taking a napali ocean crusie out of the north shore, no sense in driving all the way to the west side.
I read somewhere that boat trips were iffy the end of October because of high waves. Is this correct?
And can you recommend a boat tour in the north shore if they do travel in late October?
It is doubtful the boats will still be going out in Oct. Maybe but maybe not. It depends on what mother nature has in store for the surf. If you can, do Holo Holo's or Napali Catamaran. I loved them both. WOK is terrific too if you want a fixed wing.
I called Napali Catamaran last week to see if they went out the first week of Oct., and she said it would depend on conditions. It's very doubtful that they go out the end of Oct.
You're most likely going to have to do a boat out of the south or west in late October. Frankly, if I were staying in Princeville I'd opt for an air tour out of Lihu`e, as the better option. Either helo or fixed-wing is good, but I prefer the helo.
Doubtful they would be taking off from the North Shore that late in the season, but the way the weather's been this summer, who knows??
Yes, you'd need to leave the north shore pretty early in the a.m. to catch the 7:30 departures out of Port Allen but many do and most think it was well worth it. In the past most of them have offered 2 departures - early a.m. and then about 1:30 p.m. Some of them seem to have replaced their standard afternoon sails with their dinner cruises . In either case you have options for taking a cruise out of Port Allen later in the day. The downside is the water conditons are choppier in the afternoon.
I'd encourage you to check out the websites of these main operators out of Port Allen. Look at what they're offering these days for schedules.
If you can find an operator out of the north shore at the end of October (doubtful though) keep in mind that the boats out of Port Allen are much more comfortable and larger with more seating options both below deck in the shade and up on top. This is important to some people.Edited: 01 September 2013, 01:32
We are going the first week of November. Are any boat trips available? Maybe not a catamaran, but a larger boat.Edited: 12 September 2013, 01:27