Kayak Hanalei
Kayak Hanalei
5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
We are a Hawaiian Family owned and operated company specializing in Kayak tours, kayak rentals, & surf/SUP rentals. Open everyday 8am-5:30pm, Closed for lunch 11:30am-12pm daily. First come, first served for all rentals. Last rental at 3:45pm daily. Kayak Tours currently offered with an 8am check in or 2pm check in. Snorkel gear, dry bags, & lunch (am tour) or snacks (pm tour) included
Hanalei, Hawaii

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Miskelleher
Beaumont, CA1 contribution
Sep 2022
We were headed to our Honeymoon in Kauai and some very nice people in the airport recommended Kayak Hanalei. We were not disappointed. Our guide Kolo (I'm sure i spelt that wrong lol) was AMAZING. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We had brought our own snorkeling gear but hadn't used it yet. Without hesitation he offered to clean and check it for us. Not something we had experienced so far in our trip. One of the highlights was he sang and played music for us after our snorkeling while we snacked on some fresh papaya. We highly recommend kayak Hanalei and ask for Kolo to be your guide. His partner Gabe was great also.
Written September 26, 2022
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joienaka
Cerritos, CA1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
We had an overall wonderful first time kayaking experience. Our guide Kolo was super excellent ! We chose hanalei because you were recommended by my daughter and her family who visited your establishment in June.
Our group of 7 adults (4 seniors) were so grateful to Kolo , who went above and beyond his duties. His historical and factual presentations were very informative. He entertained our group with his uke and singing and coconut tree climbing👍
We were so grateful to him for his assistance in getting back. There were a few of us (2) who relied on Kolo for towing. He was great!
The initial instructions on oar handling was very helpful.
The life vests was important, however they should be “cleaned” better
The odor permeating from the vests was not pleasant .
The beauty of the water, landscape, beach and ocean was
Memorable. We all had a wonderful experience.
We’ll be back on our next trip to Kauai !
Thank you!
Written October 8, 2022
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mar3442022
Littleton, CO1 contribution
Mar 2022
What a fantastic experience! The company was so easy to work with from booking onward- they accommodated our five person booking as well as food allergies. A perfect mix of kayaking while also snorkeling and just enjoying the sunshine. The extra touches of ukulele songs on the beach and eating a fresh coconut topped off our experience. On a more serious note, there was one older man who was in the group with us who needed assistance with kayaking and at one point even needed to be rescued from the water and the guides were so incredibly attentive and supportive I felt entirely safe.
If you’re wondering if it’s worth it the answer is yes!
Written March 9, 2022
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bezie7
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Aug 2022
My family (wife, 2 younger daughters) rented two kayaks hoping for a relaxing afternoon river ride and ended up with the worst experience of any of the dozen times we have been to the Hawaiian islands. We started out around 3:00 and understood we needed to be back by 5:30 with the expectation being we would turn and head back at 4:30 no matter where we were.
The first warning sign should have been the life vests that smelled like death but we figured we could wear it over our clothes and wash them later. The trip up and down river wasn’t bad but the fireworks started when we were close to docking. The kayak I had with my youngest daughter (9) was a little out in front of the one my wife and older daughter (10) was in. We decided to turn into the tiny, poorly marked docking channel early, hoping to dock and take good video of them coming up the channel to remember our experience. (Seriously the sign for this place on the reasonably-sized river is maybe 8” by 20”). After docking we got out our phone and waited and waited and waited. It became clear they missed the turn in and were headed down river to where it emptied into the ocean. We told the dock workers that and they gave us the shoulder shrug and said they hoped they would find their way back.
They didn’t. I had to drive down to the beach at the end of the river and as luck would have it, ran into some actual kind locals who took us up river on their boat and towed my wife back to the docking channel, taking me back down river to the car. When they returned ALL the employees had gone home. EVERY ONE. My wife and 10 year old daughter had to dock their own kayak which included them pulling it up on to the ramp at 6:01pm. They could have cared less if that kayak ever came home and whether their customer lived or died. Our reward was an extra $100 charge for being 31 minutes late despite not having to pay any of their employees to stay for us.
The next day I stopped back in to have a pleasant conversation with the owner and asked if they could waive the charge in light of the fact that they didn’t bother to keep any of their employees late to help. His response: Rather than try and get some memories on video, I should have stayed back to help my wife dock because “we all know women can’t be left alone to do things like that!” He took no responsibility for literally almost losing a customer at sea, felt no remorse for letting the workers go home, and welcomed the poor reviews saying “they have no effect on our business.” I hope this one at least helps a few travelers avoid the same negative experience.
Written August 15, 2022
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Kayak Hanalei R
Aloha, Kayak Hanalei's departure and return is visible from the river as there are only 2 turn offs on the entire lazy river between the Wildlife Refuge & Kayak Hanalei. The sign, large Hawaiian flag, and canal is just past the only homes you will see on the river when returning from the Wildlife Refuge. The 1st double kayak of 2 returned at 5pm. The customer stated his wife had been just behind him but must have missed the turn off. If paddlers miss the turn and continue paddling downstream to the ocean, but turn around a soon as they see Hanalei Bay, it should take no longer than 20 minutes at most to return to the dock. If paddlers continue to the beach and pull up on the beach or choose to go out into the bay, it will take 45 minutes to return to the dock. All equipment is due back at the dock by 5:30pm. Upon closing & prior to leaving for the day, Kayak Hanalei messaged the customer that office staff & dock personnel would wait until 5:45pm for the kayak to return and if they were not back by that time, to pull all equipment up on our dock and an employee would return later in the evening to put all equipment away. All rentals are self guided rentals. Staff remain on the dock during business hours of 8am-5:30pm to assist customers. If customers return late (we've had people return up to 2 hours late for various reasons- loss of time, wanted to stay out later, etc) they will have to pull their own equipment up. This is in consideration to employees that we do not expect to work more than a 10 hour day waiting an extra 30 mins to upwards of 2 hours for late returnees. As Kayak Hanalei has security cameras throughout the property, we were notified when the last double kayak returned to the dock at 6pm. The customer was notified via text that we were aware that the final double kayak had returned at that time. We have the exchange between owner and customer on video and the owner definitely did not say what is stated in this review. The owner stated, "You should never leave your family (wife & child) behind and stick together." As it is a summer month and the ocean is flat and calm, many customers paddle in the bay and most turn around prior to going out into the bay or pull up on the beach. Office staff go over a map with all customers indicating turn offs and time frames. The final kayaker was not in any danger as the Hanalei River and Bay areas are very calm this time of year. The customer did not want to pay the late fee, but as stated on the waiver form signed, all late returnees will be charged the listed late fee.
Written August 18, 2022
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Leslie
5 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Just the description made me want to use Kayak Hanalei over the other kayaking opportunities and we were so glad we did. Kolo was our guide, and couldn't have been better. He was a bit concerned learning our 91 year old mother was going along, but soon realized how capable she was, and we hope they will realize age isn't the only consideration. He shared the history and beauty of the Hanalei River, and then the area around Hanalei Bay and Puu Poa beach where we snorkeled. He taught us about the tropical fish, how to snorkel, and blew the conch shell to have us gather. He later told us where to look for such a shell and my sister found the perfect one for her husband. Kolo tried it out later in the week and assured her she had made a great purchase. Kolo climbed a coconut tree to get coconuts to share with us. We all tried the coconut milk and meat of the coconut. He played his ukulele and sang while we ate our lunch. He told us about da kine, the words of the song he sang. He shared stories of his family and their gatherings that made us want to attend one of the gatherings. We couldn't have been more pleased with our tour. He was so knowledgeable with the area. We got to see Bali High and the pier used in the South Pacific movie. He showed us Puff the magic dragon near Hanalei Bay. He pointed out the turtles in Hanalei River making sure all in the tour got to see them. I only wish I could retain all the information he shared with us.
Written March 26, 2022
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Edward H
5 contributions
Feb 2022
Kayak Hanalei did a fantastic job - Kola was our guide and kept our group of about 12 entertained the entire morning with his knowledge of the mountains and rivers of the NW coast of Kauai, fish species we encountered while snorkeling and local Hanalei lore. He even treated us to an impromptu fireside ukulele concert on the beach over lunch. Gear, food, service - the whole shootin' match was top notch.
Written February 17, 2022
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thienemily
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Family
We took our whole family (kindergartener included). Our tour was the highlight of the trip! Kayaking the river was awesome, best snorkeling we had on the island, amd our tour guide was THE BEST! When my littles didn’t want to snorkel, he climbed a tree and opened fresh coconuts for them while we snorkled with our big kids. Cannot recommend enough!
Written February 23, 2022
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Ilka_Jordan
2 contributions
May 2022 • Family
I have been on several Kayak tours and this tour of Hanalei is the best. The guides were very entertaining with lots of stories, facts and information. Our guide also brought along his ukulele and played and sang wonderful Hawaiian songs. Our guide picked off a coconut rom the trees and cut them open to give us coconut water and fruit. This was the most authentic experience on the island. The whole trip was beautiful from river to ocean. I would highly recommend this tour company.
Written May 31, 2022
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Daniel L
Skokie, IL21 contributions
Dec 2022
My wife and I experienced this half day kayak, snorkel trip 12/13/22. Kolo was our guide and he was fantastic. We started by kayaking the river into the bay. It went from an easy cruise on the river to the more challenging open ocean feel-nice change of pace. We then made out way to a beach near a reef for some snorkeling. The snorkeling was beautiful- the reef (and colorful fish) are just a few feet from the sandy beach. We then had lunch on a different beach where Kolo serenaded us with some Hawaiian tunes accompanying himself on the uke. Kolo did a great job teaching us a bit of geology, some oceanography, Hawaiian traditions, a few Hawaiian words, and more.
Written December 18, 2022
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comguyab
Gilbert, AZ1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Kulo and Laa were wonderful guides. They enhanced our experience with there energy, stories, uke playing and knowledge of the area. Wish this was one of of first outings in Kauai because of the exposure we had to the culture, food and hospitality that gave us a further appreciation for all the the islands have to offer. It is an experience our family will remember as a highlight of our trip. Mahalo!
Written June 19, 2022
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