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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

From $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
  • No need to pack lunch, as a delicious picnic is provided
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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.
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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.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Loved every minute of it!

We went on this trip with another couple and had an amazing time. This was our favorite part of our entire time on Kauai, and we checked out the whole island. Our guide, Mike, was fun and energetic and shared a ton of knowledge of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jayme N
Reviewed 6 days ago
Relaxing kayak time and easy hike, but muddy

A fun way to explore the Wailua and see the Secret Falls. I highly recommend you do it early in the morning to beat the traffic both on the river and and the hiking trail as the afternoons get very busy with boaters creating wakes...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank GlenLowe
Reviewed 1 week ago
The trail is really slippery!

The excursion was a great way to see the beauty of Kaui, we parked at their place near the dock & they shuttled us to the river, *it says river, but there really is no current either way, it is backed up against the beach...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank shawninutah
Micco_Godinez, Head Guides at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Aloha Shawn, We do get a bit more rain than Utah. Thanks for warning folks about the mud and that it can be slippery. Usin our complimentary walking sticks is a nice way to gain a "third leg" and keep you centered. As regards the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best Experience, Ever

This was the best experience that we had this vacation. Mike, our guide struck a perfect note between fun and knowledgeable. Book this trip, you wont regret it.More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Aloha, Our guides try to strike a balance between fun, education, and safety on all our tours. After you have departed the beauty of the Falls, it is nice to leave with some food for thought. Glad to hear that Mike is keeping to the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dustin was awesome

We had an amazing time with our group. Dustin was a great guide with great knowledge and history of the island and river. He shared wonderful stories about the island and its culture. Kayaking and the hike where both easy on my pregnant wife. Embrace...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank kbones157
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha, Good to hear that you enjoyed your guide Dustin on our Wailua River Sacred Falls paddle and hike. No mud ....no fun! Thanks for warning others about that very real possibility of mud and for reminding us what a good job Dustin continuously offers...More

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April 8, 2019|
Response from susanrx | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know enough weather in Hawaii.
April 6, 2019|
Response from Rickee W | Reviewed this property |
They provide walking sticks
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I want to say it took us 4-5 hours
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