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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai

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Kapaʻa, United States
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai

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


Explore the natural beauty of Kauai on a 5-hour tour that combines a lovely kayaking trip with an moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. Your experienced guide provides a paddling lesson and guided kayak tour in the Wailua River Valley, following gorgeous waterways through the lush Kauai landscape. Then hop out of your kayaks and take a 45-minute hike to Secret Falls where you can cool off in the clear waters before returning to the Wailua marina the way you came.
  • 5-hour kayaking and hiking tour in the Wailua River Valley, on Kauai
  • Learn about local wildlife, and Hawaiian history and legends from the guide
  • Park the kayaks for a hike to Secret Falls
  • Includes all needed equipment and instruction
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Use of backpack style dry bag
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Drinking water

Departure Point

4-361 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

Turn off KUHIO hwy onto Haleilio road and we are immediately on the right in the shopping plaza

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We depart immediately after check-in so no late arrivals will be permitted
  • Not recommended for participants with recent back, knee or ankle injuries
  • No open wounds
  • Participants must be in good physical condition and able to hike approximately two miles through rocky, muddy and slippery terrain
  • Must wear shoes that are secure to your feet. No flip flops.
  • Please bring plenty of water.
  • Other recommended items to bring: swimsuits, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snacks, and a towel.
  • Ziploc bags should be used for cell phones or cameras that are not waterproof
  • No alcohol
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with recent knee, ankle or back injuries
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Duke's Kayak Adventures
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai?
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 Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai.
What is the social distancing policy during Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Wear shoes with good traction for the trail because it was muddy and you could easily slip without them." See review
  • "Have to consistently paddle and walk can be muddy and slippy, so not suitable for anyone with leg/back problems." See review
  • "be well prepared with shoes that can get dirty in a mud that may be a feet deep and get ready to be washed by flows of clear water before you go back to kayak." See review


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Brian is a Disney Prince
, Jan 2022
We did the 7am morning tour with Brian Hodder, and that was the best for two reasons: we left early to beat the heat and crowd, and Brian is such a beloved and delightful guide. His knowledge, stories, songs, picture taking skills, aloha spirit, respect for nature, and his Disney-Princess-like affinity with cute bird friends made the trip very entertaining, endearing and memorable. Highly recommend specifically the earlier time and with Brian. It got very crowded later in the morning. Echoing all the other tips: wear good traction footwear for water, bring a towel so you can dry off after a dip in the pool, bring water & snack, and definitely go behind the waterfalls. It really is exhilarating.
Waterfall experience not to be missed
, Jan 2022
Having the opportunity to both kayak and hike to get to the waterfall. Then swim in the basin and walk behind the waterfall. Exhilarating!!!
Great adventure!
, Jan 2022
We took this tour yesterday morning and had a fantastic experience. Loved kayaking up the river. It was a gentle river and my husband and I had no trouble. The hike was muddy and involved stepping over lots of rocks and roots. We also waded across a few rivers and streams. Good water shoes are a must! The hike was beautiful and the reward was the beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail. Brian, our guide, was great. He was very knowledgeable and fun, and had countless stories to share. My husband and I are in our late 60’s with moderate hiking abilities. We were very glad we had walking sticks, especially when wading across streams. We decided not to take food on the trip, but a snack or lunch would have been nice to enjoy at the waterfall. All in all, this was challenging, fun and rewarding. We’re so glad we did it. A great adventure for our Kauai vacation!!
Great river adventure!
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide was great. He had a lot of information to give us, cracked some jokes, and even sang songs. He made sure that everyone made it safely, especially the slower ones in the group. The river was very beautiful and the hike was pretty fun. We had plenty of time at the waterfalls to swim, eat, and take pics.
Magical Morning
, Jan 2022
Brian was a joy to have as a guide! He was kind, caring and so fun! (And his knowledge of Madonna songs was impressive!) Our entire group laughed and smiled from the time we got in the river until we returned. The paddle was refreshing, the hike was beautiful, the waterfall was magical and we all felt so fortunate to have had this experience. We all highly recommend. 5 stars! (Also, take the early morning tour to avoid the heat & crowds!)
, Dec 2021
It’s awesome to experience nature of our planet we are living! It was also a fun time watching whale and get together with family.
Whatta Fall
, Dec 2021
Awesome adventure made perfect by our colorful tour guide Brian. He is great. Beautiful river. Awesome hike. Breath taking waterfall. Don’t pass up sneaking behind the falls. Exhilarating!
Adventure of a lifetime
, Dec 2021
Was memorable and enjoyable - Brian our tour guide was excellent- informative, friendly, and gregarious - hike in particular river crossings were more difficult than expected- strong undertow and quite muddy. Falls were very pretty- could have spent less time at the falls- would recommend
Save your money, hike Hanakapi'ai Falls instead
, Dec 2021
You meet at a parking lot, get a dry bag and they explain a few things. The kayak part and the hike is nice. Unfortunately this is a tourist trap and the waterfall gets loaded with tourists. Sad to see tour guides and tourists feeding the roosters. Best best is to go to Hanakapi'ai Falls. A bit of a hike but worth the views and experience. You also get to go behind the waterfall but it’s not full of roosters or lots of people.
Great trip
, Dec 2021
Had a great time kayaking and hiking to an amazing waterfall. Our guide Brian was amazing and was funny and informative throughout the trip. We had a blast

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