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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
$125.00 per adult
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We have done a lot of...
We have done a lot of hiking & this one was so different! Our guide Brian was fantastic! He is a bird whisperer! The kayaking was enjoyable & scenery breath taking! We enjoyed all the insightful information Brian gave! We were so blessed the falls were flowing & it was great to get in & enjoy the “Kings Bath” & the view from behind the falls!
Shannon_B, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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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!
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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.
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Unforgettable family trip on Kayaking, hiking and secret falls
HUI_S, Jul 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Great experiences on Wailua river kayaking, hiking and secret falls photo with my family. We all enjoyed this unforgettable tour.
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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!
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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.
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Excellent kayak tour
Karen_I, Aug 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
This tour was awesome! While kayaking down the river, you’ll see many beautiful sights. The hike through the rainforest was fun. Swimming in the waterfall was amazing! If you can, request Brian as your guide. He was a blast!
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Unforgettable adventure!
Elise_P, Aug 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Incredible, unforgettable excursion! If you love nature, this is your jam! Bryan was an awesome guide, learned a lot and he’s great at taking photos of you, very accommodating! Will do this again in a heartbeat if I’m ever back in Kauai!
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Awesome Day!!!
Jasmin_G, Aug 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Really enjoyed the Hike and Kayaking. Had so much fun. I highly recommend it to everyone. We loved it!!!
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This tour was so much fun...
Jessica_K, Jul 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
This tour was so much fun and definitely worth the time. Our guide was incredibly fun and informative. The trails are very natural and feel untouched.
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Beautiful river and easy hike
Abigail_R, Jul 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Amazing tour guide Brian imparted his love and wisdom for Kauai. Really fun and easygoing adventure. We were 2 adults and 3 teens. The waterfall got a little crowded at the top. The river was easy to navigate for all of us being beginner kayakers.
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journey to a waterfall
George_W, Jul 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian was entertaining and knowledgeable, great guide. Would highly recommend for all ages. Bring water
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Amazing experience!
Karla_B, Jul 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Hawaiian Brian was a terrific guide! We had the best time. Would ABSOLUTELY do it again. The waterfall was gorgeous, get in the water and make the memories.
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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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