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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
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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 travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Trail conditions vary from super dry to very muddy depending on recent rain
  • Travelers 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 travelers
  • 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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Kayak Adventure
James_R
, Aug 2022
The kayak adventure was amazing! They not only brought you to the amazing sights our guide Levi went into the history of Hawaii. He went above and beyond to make this adventure very memorable. They had to cancel our original time of the tour due to unforeseen circumstances, but made sure every accommodation was given to us to reschedule. We would definitely recommend this adventure!
star-5
Ask for Levi as your guide
Patti_S
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Levi was phenomenal!!! He not only lead us on the tour of Kauai’s backcountry but also explained the Hawaiian history along the way!!!!! Truly had a better appreciation of the island
star-5
A must do!
Avery_S
, Aug 2022
First Nathan was an exceptional guide. His laid back nature was appreciated. The 2 mile paddle up river was fairly easy the hike was filled with plant and history info and was relaxing. We were able to spend more time at the falls than other groups. When we arrived there were several groups already there. However, we stayed long after they had to leave and had it nearly to ourselves for a while. The paddle back was more difficult but you were able to take it slow if needed. I totally recommend this company!
star-5
Amazing!
Terra_G
, Jul 2022
Levi was such an amazing tour guide. He shared his Hawaiin culture and made the experience educational and fun! He even gave a Hawaiin blessing to my husband and I for our 23rd wedding anniversary! Request Levi you will have so much fun!
star-5
Our guide, Levi, and the tour was awesome!
Kevin_T
, Jul 2022
Great experience! When you go, ask for Levi. He was our guide and was awesome! First thing he did was explain that our tour group was “Ohana” (family) and we all got to know each other a little. In the tour, he taught our “family” a lot about native Hawaiian culture, beliefs, and the natural landscape. Along the trail, he performed traditional chants and even did a Hawaiian wedding blessing for a newlywed couple…underneath the waterfall! It was amazing and special. He checked in on us throughout and wanted everyone to have a good experience. Beautiful kayaking, beautiful hike, beautiful waterfall…. Amazing tour guide. Highly recommend the experience and Levi! 😀👍🏻
star-4
Must do
Madan_S
, Jul 2022
Nice hike. pretty waterfall! A bit long and windy on the kayak way back. Slippery and muddy on the way but enjoyed it a lot.
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.

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