Visiting the Na Pali region of Maui provides you with glimpses of unrivaled natural beauty, and a charter boat or snorkel trip along the coast is a perfect way to spend a whole day or an afternoon. Before you head out for the water, there are some steps you'll need to take to get the most out of this unique and breathtaking experience. Use the following tips as a guide to prepare for your Na Pali coast boat tour

Purchase Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Na Pali is home to beautiful reefs, and visitors should take care not to damage them while snorkeling or swimming in the water. This means arriving for your charter boat trip with reef-safe sunscreen, so look carefully at the ingredients before making a sunscreen purchase. If you're unsure about which products are safe for use while visiting the Na Pali coast, you can check with the operator of your charter boat tour for guidance. Some tour companies may even provide reef-safe sunscreen as part of your boating package. 

Arrive With Required Gear

Each charter boat company may offer different types of gear for your boating or snorkeling trip, so it's a good idea to find out what you'll need in advance. Some may provide you with snorkels and flotation devices ,while others may require you to bring your own equipment. Rules for gear might change during COVID, as the use of shared snorkels may be discouraged under mitigation protocols. If your tour company provides snorkel masks and you wear prescription glasses, ask about prescription snorkel masks. These masks will make it easier to admire all the underwater beauty you encounter. You'll also want to bring your bathing suit, water shoes, and towels, just as you would for any beach trip. 

Invest In A Waterproof Phone Case

Part of the fun of touring the Na Pali coast is taking in the amazing views. When snorkeling, you might be able to see the natural reefs as well as unique fish and other marine life. Placing your smartphone in a waterproof case makes it easy to capture still shots and video of your adventure. If you don't feel comfortable dipping your phone in the water with a waterproof phone case, opt for a rugged action camera instead. These cameras can be strapped around your hand or around your forehead for a first-person point of view, and many come with waterproof ratings up to certain depths, making them ideal for use both on the boat and in the water. 

Plan For Meals

Some charter boat tours along the Na Pali coast will arrange for meals or snacks to be served, while others may require you to bring your own picnic lunch or dinner. Ask in advance to ensure you aren't hungry on your trip. Some foods and drink may not be allowed on the boats, such as alcoholic beverages, so you should check before you bring your own. If you aren't sure where to find the fixings for sandwiches and snacks on the Island of Maui, talk to the concierge at your hotel. It may be possible to arrange for boxed lunches to be delivered to your room before you head out on your boat tour.