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Wailua River

Wailua River

Highway 56, Wailua, Hawaii, 96746

The Basics

The best way to soak in the natural beauty of the Wailua River is from the water itself, and there are several options to do so. Many travelers paddle the waters by kayak; these trips often include a short hike to a waterfall for swimming. It’s also possible to explore by stand-up paddleboard or outrigger canoe. More comprehensive island tours sometimes include an open-air boat trip along the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, a spectacular lava rock cave surrounded by draping ferns. Those traveling by car can follow the north side of the river along Kuamoo Road (Highway 580).

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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
star-4.5
USD125.00 per adult
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Fantastic!
Brian was an amazing guide, we truly enjoyed the educational stories he shared along the way. And he was so patient with those that were beginners..
David_W, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

star-5
Barb and Jerry’s excellent adventure.
Kimberly_E, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian was our guide. He was excellent. Very knowledgeable of the area, customs, history and our safety was his highest concern. He was helpful and kind Recommend this company and especially Brian is going on a Wednesday!
star-5
Tour guide of the Year
Elaine_C, Apr. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian is an excellent tour guide. He has a unique gift with the Flora and fauna Of Kawai. He is conscious of safety and he even sings Along the way. I appreciate his attention to detail and that he brought us safely there and back.
star-5
Great time!
Jennifer_C, Mar. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Perfect trip, good workout, beautiful waterfall, guide was informative, personable, and out safety first. Great trip!
star-5
Fun kayak/waterfall hike.
Dan_T, Mar. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
We had a great kayak/hike with Brian. He is very knowledgeable about the area, safety oriented and fun to be with (just don’t ask him to sing Madonna songs!). We swam at the base of the waterfall ands had a great trip.
star-5
Great Kauai adventure
Dayna_T, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Our family had a blast on this kayaking/hiking. We felt like we got a real taste of Kauai….the River, the birds, the foliage, views, waterfall. Brian was an amazing guide. He was full of fun and all kinds of information. Plus, he introduced us to all his bird “friends”. We’d do this again!
star-5
Spectacular 🤗🤗
Jenna_C, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Our tour guide Brian was the best🤗 gorgeous hike lived kayaking the river in the rain it was epic. Celebrated our 25 anniversary and would highly recommend the excursion 🏖
star-5
Great tour DOIT
Robert_H, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian was our guide and did an BBC amazing job !! We loved the falls and river the hike was worth every step !!
star-5
Kauai adventure
John_H, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Our guide Brian was amazing and made every moment so fun! The combination of kayaking, hiking, and being refreshed by the waterfall was thrilling. It’s an adventure you shouldn’t miss!
star-5
Mike is the best guide for this excursion!
Julie_W, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
The excursion was my favorite part of the time at Kauai. Using Viator was a bad experience as they did not reply to to my questions when I needed clarification of the details causing me stress on the day before the activity.
star-5
True Aloha
Kelle_R, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
My son proposed to his girlfriend at the secrete fall after almost everyone was gone. Our guide Mike was great 👍🏻 very informative, didn’t rush us and even video the proposal 💕
star-5
Highlight of trip
Gina_R, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Perfect way to start our Kauai trip! Our awesome guide Mike was upbeat and genuine. Kayaking was beautiful and peaceful. The hike to the waterfall was fun and informative. It was really the best day, so much fun!
star-5
Mike was awesome... He's...
Roger_C, Jun. 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Mike was awesome... He's a great tour guide! We liked the brief stops where he filled us in on the plant life.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Wailua River offers outdoor recreation for a broad range of travelers.

  • Don’t forget to bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat, as not all portions of the river are shaded.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • All state park facilities are ADA accessible.

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How to Get There

The Wailua River enters the ocean on the island’s east coast, near the settlement of Wailua. Most visitors get to the river as part of a guided tour with included transportation from Kauai hotels.

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When to Get There

The best time for outdoor adventure in Kauai is in fall (September to November) and spring (April to June) when the weather is at its best. Expect frequent showers during the winter peak season (December to March).

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Cultural Significance of the Wailua River

The Wailua River is more than just a natural wonder. To ancient Hawaiians, it was considered one of the most sacred places on Kauai. At one time, seven differentheiau (temples) dotted its shores. Visitors can learn more at the Wailua Complex of Heiau, a National Historic Landmark and former hub of chiefly power.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Wailua River?
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