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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Embark on a Garden Isle adventure with a half-day kayak trip on Kauai’s legendary Wailua River. Paddle through lush tropical landscape with a guide, passing a traditional Hawaiian village and learning about the river’s ancient, sacred history along the way. Feel like an island explorer as you hike to a sparkling waterfall, and keep your energy up with a riverside picnic lunch.
  • Explore Kauai's only navigable river with a guide
  • Great way to experience the Garden Isle's lush scenery by land and by water
  • Learn about the Wailua River's importance to ancient Hawaiians
  • Feast on a riverside picnic lunch
  • All kayaking equipment included
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Guided kayak tour
Double sit on top Ocean Zest Kayaks
Bottled water
Lunch
PFD (Life jackets)
Snacks
Water Resistant Dry Bags
Guide(s) State Certified and trained in water safety
Gratuities
Hotel Pick Up or Drop Off
4-484 Kuhio Hwy , 4-484 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

New location: We are located inside the Coconut Marketplace. "Meet us under the Water Tower" at our new kiosk.

This activity will end right where it started.
Get an early start to make the most of the fresh tropical morning, and meet your guide at the launch point near the Wailua River, Kauai’s only navigable waterway. Get outfitted with a provided kayak, paddle, and life vest, and store your belongings in a dry bag before setting off on the gentle currents.

Soak up the verdant jungle scenery and views of volcanic peaks in the distance on a 2-mile (3.2-km) paddle upriver towards the north fork. Feel transported back in time as you pass by the traditional huts of Kamokila Village and hear tales of the native Hawaiian people who once lived around and traveled the river more than 1,500 years ago.

Take a break from paddling to explore the rain forest by foot on a moderate hike to the Ulewehi Waterfall, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the majestic falls cascading 120 feet (36 meters) down a mountain cliff. Recharge with a riverside picnic lunch of fresh and healthy island fare including vegetarian options before hopping back in your kayak for the return trip to the starting point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Trail conditions vary from super dry to very muddy depending on recent rain
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Hiking sandals like Tevas or Keens, water shoes or sneakers (your feet will get wet & muddy).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Kayak Adventures, Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.

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  • "Be sure to shoes that you can hike through a little bit of water, because your shoes will get wet." See review
  • "Being in fairly good shape is a plus, as paddling a kayak significant distance and hiking over muddy-rocky terrain is required, but the visit to Secret Falls (lunch-snack provided) is well worth it!" See review
  • "Trail was muddy so make sure you wear water hiking shoes, like Merrell H20 Hiking shoes." See review

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star-5
Awesome adventure
James_W
, Jun. 2022
Our kayak adventure was wonderful. Our tour guide was native Hawaiian and gave us an excellent tour full of history. The hike was amazing up to the beautiful waterfall. A must do when visiting Kauai.
star-5
Best kayaking trip and best guide!!!
Jackie_R
, Jun. 2022
Nathan was our guide, and he was amazing!!!!! He gave us so much info about Hawaii/Kauai. He was great with all the information on what he needed us to do and where to kayak on the river, just everything. Again, he was a sweetheart and awesome guide. We had a blast.
star-5
Absolutely beautiful
Deborah_B
, Jun. 2022
Tasting the different flowers. Learning the history as we hiked. The kayak was a bit long but very beautiful surroundings. Our guide (Gabriel) was awesome.
star-4
3/5 Hiking 2/5 Kayaking
Rachel_Y
, Jun. 2022
I really enjoyed Kayaking on the beautiful Wailua river, but I didn’t quite love the hike to the secret waterfall. I probably didn’t research enough and had the wrong expectation when it came to the kayaking to hiking ratio. I thought we’d spend most of the time on water, but about 2 of the 5 hours were hiking and 1 hour was spent relaxing at the waterfall. The trail to the waterfall should not be difficult to most people, but the rocks and uneven surface was more difficult for me due to my really small feet and weak ankles, so I slipped a lot and almost twisted my feet a few times. Overall, it was a really nice trip and I’d recommend it if you’re up for the hike.
star-5
Wonderful half-day trip...
Kim_S
, May 2022
Wonderful half-day trip kayaking and hiking to a stunning waterfall. Great guide. Wear old shoes you will get were hiking as you cross rivers. Need to be in good shape.
star-5
Way fun adventure!
hideebug
, May 2022
Nathan was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and friendly. The Wailua River was calm and beautiful. And it was quiet. Our hike was so fun as we crossed a lot of different terrain. At some parts you are going through a tight trail and the vegetation literally brushes your face. Fording across the river in waist high water was exhilarating. Rocks can be a bit slippery but our water shoes handled it well. The waterfall was amazing. We did an early adventure and within minutes of arriving the group before us left and we had the waterfall to our small group. It was beautiful and peaceful. The pool was refreshing. The sites were breathtaking. Even the chickens were amazed. We had a sandwich lunch with excellent Hawaiian chips and Nathan cut up a pineapple for us. The paddle back was just as good even though the sun had come out by then. Nathan got us back to our meeting point and I immediately wanted to do it again. What a great experience!
star-4
Great adventure, but not as easy as it sounds!
Colleen_F
, May 2022
The Kayak Adventure, with Nathan as our guide, was an amazing experience. Although the rain the night before made the stream crossing and trail conditions a little more treacherous than I was prepared for, it was a beautiful, not to be missed, adventure. Swimming in the Secret Falls is a memory I will treasure. Thank you Nathan for giving me a helping hand as crossed the slippery rocks in the stream. What a great day.
star-4
Great day kayaking and hiking
Helen_B
, May 2022
Gabriel made this tour! He was knowledgeable, helpful, interesting, and so pleasant to be around. The kayaking was not difficult and the hike to the falls was beautiful. Gabe filled it with plant and bird information (and we even got to see his trained birds!!). Wear shoes that won’t come off in the water! Lunch was just ok but very welcome.
star-5
Great experience!
Kathrin_S
, Apr. 2022
Ericson was terrific. We did the 745 tour. Kayaking was a struggle (for me) but so worth it! Ericson was very helpful and encouraging. The hike and waterfall were absolutely beautiful. Great experience.
star-5
Lovely day!
Christie_L
, Apr. 2022
What a fun day! Our guide, Erickson, was amazing. This was a great family day. My 12 year old was not happy that I made him join us on this adventure. BUT, he was so happy and loved every minute of it. He told us it was his favorite day so far on our vacation!
star-5
Mahalo for a Great Time
Damian_B
, Apr. 2022
We had a great time. The kayaking was gentle and scenic. When we got to the trail, our guide Erickson, was quick with history and information about local plants and wildlife. The Secret Waterfall was beautiful!
star-5
Fun Times!
Michelle_Z
, Apr. 2022
It was nice and relaxing on the water and a fun hike back to the falls. Good workout for the arms. It was great the boardwalk was there so you didn’t have to slip in the mud.
star-5
Great day kayaking and hiking to a beautiful waterfall
Kim_H
, Apr. 2022
Beautiful day! The highlight of our trip was our incredible guide Erickson. He was so knowledgeable about the area, funny, kind, helpful and he genuinely seems to love his job. He connected with everyone in our group in some way and he is what made the experience so terrific for my family.
star-5
Educational & challenging!
Debra_H
, Apr. 2022
Loved hearing Erickson tell us all about the flora & fauna along the way and the historical information we passed by. Erickson was amazing and fully committed to our comfort and enjoyment. The hike was more challenging than described and involved slippery mud & walking through knee-deep water & narrow root-riddled paths, so water shoes w/gripping soles are needed.
star-4
At Least a 4
Ryan_B
, Apr. 2022
NOT Wailua Falls. THIS IS Secret Falls. Worth it, even if there like 100 people at the falls and the hiking trail was a bit muddy. Loved it though, would do it again.
star-5
Unforgettable Adventure
Scott_M
, Apr. 2022
Learning the history of the area and challenging myself to make it through some tougher terrain made for an amazing experience.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Collette_P
, Mar. 2022
Absolutely flippin brilliant, Erikson was an awesome guide, so knowledgeable and made you feel at ease and safe. There was a hiccup with our booking but Erikson and the team sorted it out in minutes. Well worth the money, fantastic experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Aloha Collette, We are so happy to hear you had an amazing experience on your kayak adventure with your guide, Ericson. Safety is our #1 priority next to having a great experience on your tour. Glad we were able to sort out the booking hiccup so you were able to experience the beautiful Wailua River and Uluwehi Falls. Mahalo
star-4
Good bang for your buck
Andrea_W
, Mar. 2022
Our guide Ericson was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a good choice of something to do away from the beach. Very well priced activity for what you get. Will do it again next time.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Aloha Andrea, We are so happy to hear you had a great time with your guide, Ericson. He is very knowledgeable of the local flora & fauna and Hawaiian history & culture. Guests should pick our guide's brains on places to see & good grinds here on Kauai. We believe we have a good price for a 1/2 day excursion with our friendly & knowledgeable guides ;) We look forward to seeing you again! Mahalo
star-4
Wailua Falls
Kia_Y
, Mar. 2022
Nathan was a great guide! He was very knowledgeable and patient. Nathan shared many plant facts and island history
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Aloha Kia, We are happy to hear you learned a lot about Hawaiian history, culture and the flora & fauna from your guide, Nathan. He is a great guide who is very knowledgeable & patient. We are glad you enjoyed kayaking the Wailua River and hiking to Uluwehi Falls.
star-5
Awesome kayak experience
Tom_A
, Mar. 2022
Nathan did an excellent job giving us the tour on Friday, March 11. He was knowledgeable about the trees when we hiked. He gave us ample time to enjoy the waterfall during lunch. When someone needed minor first aid, Nathan was right there to help with a first aid kit. He was awesome!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Aloha Tom, We are so happy to hear you had an awesome kayak experience with your guide, Nathan. He is very knowledgeable about the local flora & fauna in the Wailua Valley. The nice thing about our tours is that we have 2 morning tours and no afternoon tours, so our guides can take their time and guests do not feel rushed. Nathan & out two other guides are CPR & First Aide certified.

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