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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

  • Explore the Wailua River, one of Kauai’s most sacred places
  • Kayak and hike through a tropical landscape for two different perspectives
  • Follow a guide to a remote waterfall for an off-the-grid experience
Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
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Experience Kauai’s sacred Wailua River by land and by water on this combo hiking and kayaking tour that’s easy enough even for beginners. A state-certified guide safely leads you through the trip’s two legs: a kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Guide commentary about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure.
What to Expect
Considered one of the most sacred places on the island of Kauai, the Wailua River winds 20 miles (32 kilometers) through a lush landscape and past the sites of seven ancient temples. Make your way to the river launch point in Kapa’a and climb into a double, sit-on-top kayak. If you've never kayaked before, your certified guide will provide instruction.

Learn about the Wailua's history and tropical ecosystem from your guide as you paddle for about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. Disembark for a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) hike through the tropical forest, observing native plant and animal species.

Stop at a gorgeous waterfall splashing into a natural pool from 200 feet (60 meters) above. Cool off with a swim here if you like, and recharge with a picnic lunch. A driver will be waiting to pick you up near Hanalei Bay to transfer you back to the starting point.
Reviews (114)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Our favorite Hawaii excursion adventure by far!

Our guide Lucas was so chill and fun. He manned the back of the Kayak while my 15-year-old paddled in front. He was informative but not pushy. Took great care of us and kept our pace to a manageable speed. The muddy, slippery trek up...More

Thank Sherpa796992
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun times!!!

Great kayak ride up the Wailua river and fantastic, muddy hike to the 120ft secret falls. Just incredible. So lush and beautiful - it's really a must do!! Our tour guide was Phil (Mahalo, Phil, for a great adventure!). Make sure you wear shoes you...More

Thank Matty L
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Matty, Thanks for the dirt. The word is getting out..."no mud...no fun". Rain does make the fall almost magnificent if not unbelievable. No mud no gain! Thanks for letting us know that Phil continues to do a great job. Keep paddling and hiking in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Everything you’d want in a Kauai adventure

We had a blast kayaking up and down the river and hiking through the forest with our feet sticking into the thick mud! Every bit of the hard work you do to get to the falls is absolutely worth it. Our guide Tyler’s commentary of...More

Thank Matthew G
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Matthew, Glad to hear that Tyler may have helped keep you mind off the mud. Mud can at times lead to some special places. Glad you enjoyed the Falls and thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco

Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile
Kayak and Hiking Adventure

Had an amazing time with our guide Ricky Harman. He was super knowledgeable and energetic. Best guide we’ve had on Kauai. Thanks again Ricky for a great time!

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Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Brown Doug, Glad to hear Ricky is doing as good a job as our guides do on our paddle, hiking and snorkeling tours. Glitch is that he is not in our employ. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Super fun adventure - embrace the mud - it's worth the reward!

We had an absolute blast! First - we were greeted by Pearl who checked us in with the biggest smile - her personality rocks! Next we met Josh our guide - who was fantastic! We did this adventure on Tuesday October 2nd - we had...More

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Micco_Godinez, Head Guides at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2018

Aloha Dani, That could be our new motto for our Wailua Sacred Falls tour: Embrace the mud! Pearl has been a recent addition to staff and is great to work with her enthusiastic personality and true aloha. Glad to know Josh continues to exceed expectations....More

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Adam D
9 October 2018|
Response from PhantomGhost5762 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, most of the kayaks on my tour were doubles and there were about 7-8. When booking ask for Tyler he was an amazing tour guide
10 July 2018|
Response from mbaur95081 |
You can go on your own, but I highly recommend Kayak Wailua. We took the guided kayak & hike to Secret Falls with Brandon and it was hands down the highlight of our 8 day stay on Kauai. More than worth the price.
Anna V
5 July 2018|
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Response from SusanBenson | Reviewed this property |
A very easy hike I felt. It had rained before we went so there were places that were muddy and a bit slippery, but nothing to treacherous by any means. We met all types of people on the trail, so very doable by just about... More
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