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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
  • Paddle down Kauai's only navigable river and weave through the verdant greenery
  • Hike through the dense forest and arrive at a secluded waterfall
  • Swim in the cool, pristine waters at the base of the waterfall
  • The early Polynesian culture is represented here, steeped in a colorful past, rich with rock-wall terracing, legends and lore.
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Lunch
Snacks
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) i.e. life preservers.
Double sit on top kayaks
Water resistant bags
Walking sticks
Bring your own bottle or container. We provide cold filtered water at our store location.
Guide(s) State certified and trained in water safety.
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

*Wailua River Marina - Kayak Kauai Store (MEET AT THE BUILDING - NOT LAUNCH AREA) Please check-in 15 minutes early NO TRANSPORATION

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Wailua River is considered sacred by native Hawaiians and passes through the site of seven ancient temples along its 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 shows you the best of both worlds, including a tandem kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Learning about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure. course. Experience the river’s beauty and serenity with this guided half-day tour. Hop into a double kayak with a partner, and then follow your guide as you paddle down the gentle river. Soak up the lush surrounding landscape as you learn about the native flora and fauna and sacred history of the river.

After about 45 minutes of paddling, disembark on the riverbank for a 1-mile (1.6-km) guided nature hike through the tropical forest. You’ll reach a waterfall where a 200-foot (60-meter) cascade empties into a natural pool below. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the clear waters, and soak up the lush island scenery. Enjoy a provided picnic lunch in the midst of these peaceful surroundings.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • WHAT TO BRING: Sun Protection, Light Shirt, Bathing Suit, Towel and a Change of clothes
  • Footwear for a trail that can be muddy and trekking through water (aqua socks or tennis shoes)
  • Place your lunch choice: (turkey, salami, roast beef, ham or veggie). Vegan and/or gluten free requests can be accommodated. Please be sure to notate if you require a vegan or gluten free meal.
  • Not recommended for ages 70 and older unless in good physical shape. The Guide determines if the guest is capable and safe. We can refuse the right allow guest to do the hiking portion of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DBA: Kayak Kauai

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.

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Traveler Tips


  • "As others mention, wear good water shoes as the river rocks are slippery." See review
  • "It wasn't too hard but def bring good footwear as the hike can be slippery." See review

Reviews

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star-5
The Magical Experience
Amanda_C
, Sep 2021
Amazing tour and great guide! It was everything we expected and such a magical waterfall! If you want to see Hawaii in the raw, take this tour.
star-5
Amazing experience
Josh_A
, Sep 2021
One of the best kayaking experiences we’ve had! Our tour guide Gerrick was amazing! He was very accommodating of everyone in the group and was very informative of the flora and fauna in the area. The waterfall is beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Josh, Can’t beat amazing. Will let Garrick know that he remains beyond amazing. Thanks for taking the time and keep pursuing beauty, bet it in the guise of waterfalls or others. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Memorable trip
Matthew_L
, Sep 2021
The kayaking was super easy and fun for my wife and I. The hike was short but took you through the dense jungle which was really awesome. The waterfall itself was incredible and one of the best sights we saw while in Kauai. What made it better was our awesome tour guide as well. We would highly recommend this excursion!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Matt, Easy for most and hard for some. Could pick up the enthusiasm from your review. Thanks for your kind review and “5 stars”. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
You need to do this!
Anonymous
, Sep 2021
It felt like a movie set. The river, the jungle hike and the water fall were all breathtaking. Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable, friendly and kind. I could not recommend this tour more. It was the best part of our week's stay on Kauai.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Anony, Glad you enjoyed participating in the movie. We usually have great actors, such yourselves. Glad to hear that Michael remains one of the stars. Maybe next time you visit the “set” we will start offering pop corn. Seriously, thanks for your kind words and your recommendation and for making it possible for us to live here on Kaua’i and continuous to produce keen movies. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Joaquin was great!
Kaitlyn_S
, Sep 2021
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Joaquin made our excursion so memorable! Lots of great facts, perfect amount of kayaking and hiking. The waterfall was a little busy with all the other companies there too, but that was to be expected. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Kaitlyn, A guide can make or break a tour in any weather or group dynamic. We are very pleased and fortunate to have Joaquin join our crew of guides. He brings a true love tempered by maturity, knowledge and real professionalism to to the mix. Thanks for sharing and kind words. Will share with Joaquin. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Awesome time!
Gina_G
, Sep 2021
Such a fun time! Our tour guide was great. The hike is not for beginners, but so worth it. Recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Gina, All our guides are pretty great with their own style and brand. Thanks for waning folks about the hike. Keep having fun and glad we facilitated it. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Exemptional
NicoleSarai_C
, Sep 2021
Excellent guided tour, beautiful waterfall. Easy hike, little mud but super worth it. They give you enough time to enjoy the water fall.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Nicole, I guess we can do better than “exemptional”. Thanks for letting us know that our guides are doing a good job and giving you enough time at the falls. Thanks for 5 stars and sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Great time that I always remember!
Brian
, Aug 2021
How great the guide was in taking care of us on the tour! He take care of us but gave us space as we needed it!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Brian, Elegant social distancing. Glad you enjoyed the tour and enjoyed the space while feeling safe. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Magical
Lauri_J
, Aug 2021
Our guide was Po. He sang and blew into a conch shell before asking permission to enter the river and also the waterfall thanking the gods for allowing us to be there. It was beautiful, spiritual and an Exhilarating experience. This was definitely a highlight of our vacation. PS you need to be fit in order to enjoy this hike, it is tough and we loved every minute of it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Aloha Lauri, Pohaku brings a special magic to all the tours he guides. As you learned Pohaku within the beauty of the Wailua River shares his particular brand of Aloha. Thanks for your kinds words which I will share with Pohaku and thanks for reminding folks contemplating the tour, that there is some effort to get to the falls. Stay well and enjoy the magic of every day. A hui hou, Micco
star-3
Ok but cut short
Casey
, Aug 2021
Got out on the kayaks headed up river to find out that heavy rains the morning of caused the trip to be cut short without being able to get to the falls. So we did less than 2 hour kayak tour up and down the river. No fault of their own as it would have been dangerous to attempt but be cognizant that over half of the trip could be cancelled during the tour. However, we will be refunded for a portion of the trip so they are absolutely a fair company. A contingency plan to allow us to see a different waterfall would have been great, even if it wasn’t through a hike. All of the staff was extremely friendly as well.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Aloha Casey, Yep....when in doubt....we don't go out or at least abbreviate the tour to keep all safe and sound. At Kayak Kaua'i "safety is no accident" and having pioneered this tour 38 years ago have found the prudence of this policy. While Kaua'i does boast a myriad of waterfalls, it is not as convenient as one might think. Stay well and safe and see you back on a sunny day. A hui hou, Micco
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