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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

From US$88.59
  • 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.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful kayak adventure!

Took the kayak tour of the Wailua River today and had a terrific time! The rains last night precluded our hike to the waterfall, but James, our guide, went out of his way to make the day the best ever! James was so intent on...More

Thank LPLee71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful trip with an amazing guide to Secret Falls!

My fiance and I may have been some of the last people to get to do this hike before the floods that started the next day, and we feel so lucky that we managed to do this trip! Our guide, Mike, was a real gem...More

Thank Meghan A
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Meghan, Another nice review of Mike. We are truly fortunate at Kayak Kauai to have Mike sharing his Aloha on both our river, snorkeling, and sea kayaking tours. Mike brings a deep understanding and love for the Kauai outdoors; great individual and waterman. Until...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018
little dissapointed

i was really excited about this trip. Kayaking up the river was beautiful. we get to the hike. it was pretty muddy for the first 500 steps. Then you get to the river crossing. The water was high and fast moving. you have a rope...More

1  Thank Becky S
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Aloha Becky, Weather has a way of conspiring. We have been dealing with a soggy winter which just climaxed with two day massive island wide rain storm. We just finished mopping up our Shop at the Wailua River Marina. Having pioneered this tour, ironically we...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018
kayak and hike to Secret Falls

Fantastic day kayaking and hiking to Secret Falls with James, our guide. He made the trip truly special. He had a peaceful, spiritual and caring attentiveness to all of our group. He provided education regarding local foliage and history of the area. He seemed to...More

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Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Aloha Tim, We have a great cast of guides but unfortunately James is not one of them. I think you have us mixed up with some other fine company Guiding is more than just keeping you safe but should be informative and even thought provoking....More

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Awesome day with a great guide - Lisa

We had a wonderful time kayaking and hiking - had never done a tandem kayak and Lisa was a great at getting our technique down right. The hike to the waterfall and the one back took 2 different paths so able to see different things....More

Thank cindy t
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Aloha Cindy, We are there for folks who want to go guided or not. Going with a guide maximizes your time + feel it can be a learning experience + keeps you safe. Lisa is classic and bring a real enthusiasm to her guiding. Lucky...More

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13 April 2018|
Response from Dino_and_Hoppy | Reviewed this property |
Check with the staff - they are quick to respond. Keep in mind the trip is part kayak and part trail walk. Depending on the weather the trail can be sloppy & slippery in places. There is one short river crossing that... More