Wailua Kayak Adventures
Wailua Kayak Adventures
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Hannah C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We really highly recommend Wailua Kayak Adventures for renting Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle Boards! Family run company and everyone was so friendly and helpful. We just hired paddle boards for the day but they went above and beyond what we were expecting; from explaining detailed instructions and providing a map of how to get to the secret falls to helping us attach the boards to our car themselves. They provided all the equipment needed to do so and also a dry bag for our valuables at no extra cost. They also gave us helpful instructions of how to return the equipment at the end of the day if they were not there. We had such a great experience with this company and couldn't believe how much cheaper they were compared to the other rental places in the area - nearly half the price! Absolutely great, couldn't recommend enough. Thank you Wailua Kayak Adventures!
Written February 16, 2022
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Thank you guys!! We appreciate you!!!!! Matt and Tiara WKA
Written April 9, 2024
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Shannon T
Huntington Beach, California13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
I highly recommend calling (and leaving a message, if necessary) for Wailua Kayak Adventures. We decided last minute to try to add Wailua River kayaking to our vacation after someone else told us how awesome it was. We were visiting during peak season and I had little hope we would get anything during the final few days of our vacation. I went on website after website and all the online reservation systems said there was nothing available. Wailua Kayak Adventures did not have online booking so I called them and left a message late on a Saturday night. They called me on Sunday and said they had enough kayaks for my family of 4 (2 singles and 1 double) available for the following Wednesday. Even better is that they were the best priced for kayak rentals for the Wailua River. Their service at pick up was phenomenal. Drop off on our own was easy. Their equipment was in great condition. Their map and instructions were superb. Overall, we had an amazing experience with Wailua Kayak Adventures and our Wailua River excursion.
Written July 6, 2022
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Mahalo guys! We have switched to an online booking system so it’s even easier to book now! Matt wka
Written April 9, 2024
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Alan H
San Diego, CA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We have rented kayaks from this company 3 times over the past 25 years, and very happy with their rentals and service each time. They are super freindly!

My wife and I rented a tandem kayak and they gave us directions and a map on how to get to the Secret Falls.

We did it on our own and we loved kayaking down the Wailua River and also the hike to Secret Falls.

Their prices are very reasonable and they help you to strap the kayaks onto the roof of your car. Everything was super easy.

Due to COVID, you have to reserve your kayaks ahead of time . It took one phone call and we were all set. The price of the all-day rental was $80 for the tandem kayak. I found an ad in a local adventure magazine for $70 and they honored it without any problems.
Written November 14, 2020
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Mark M
Los Angeles, CA127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We kayaked the Wailua River with Darren who worked as a guide with a terrific spirit and showed great ability to work with a diverse group of adventurers. The Kayaks were in great shape and Mark provided easy transport to and from the operations meeting spot and the dock. We enjoyed the great "christmas present" of a recent heavy rain which filled in much of the trail and clear a lot of the mud that slowed previous day's journies. The falls are spectacular and give a strong sense of the power of nature to shape the form of the island. I highly reccomend this trip for families who enjoy a range of activity.
Written January 3, 2020
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Farrukh Jalal
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Went on a trek with Reid to see Wailua waterfalls.the trip had multiple modes of journey. The first leg was the kayaking where we went as a group to the place where we can start trekking. The second leg was a hike through the woods on the back of a river. The trekking was quite slippery and we past through areas of ankle deep mud. The waterfall was amazing. The trek had several places where we had to cross the river.

The guide was great, the company provides for used shoes as well.

Please do take a walking stick, I wish we had that from the company.

Great experience overall...
Written January 1, 2020
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Shandra K
Sebastopol, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
This company is the absolute best! Not only do they only provide one tour per day, so there is not any pressure to rush, but their planning to make the trip enjoyable for all is exceptional. Our guide provided us all with a walking stick for the hike, no other group we passed either direction had them. Heard a lot of "where did they get those" from people with the other groups. With the slippery rocks in the streams and mud on the trail, the sticks kept us all (from 25 - 55) on our feet.
Great story telling shout the falls and the carvings we wouldn't have seen and again we didn't see other guides pointing them out to their guests.
And last, the early start might not sound ideal, but you beat the crowds. Only one other small group there when we were, so lots of pictures with just us and the falls. We easily passed 75 people on our way back from falls.
Written March 26, 2022
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Mahalo for your great review!!! Matt wka
Written April 9, 2024
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Merlene P
Hayden, ID6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We started off kayaking up the Wailua River with our guide. Once we reached the pull-out area (about 2 miles in) our guide had a healthy snack for us and then we trekked 2.5 miles into the ‘jungle’ using our hiking poles (they provided). Crossed several creeks, then found our way into the beautiful falls. We were able to swim behind the falls, in the pool and snack more! Took all the photo ops we could, then we packed everything, then headed back to our kayaks. The whole trip took 5 hours. Our guide (Kathleen) was amazing, talked about the history of this area, became fast friends with the Muscovy ducks. We truly had a fabulous time and honestly, this has to be the Best Buy in town for entertainment and exercise and to see the beautiful inland parts of the island. Don’t hesitate, do it!
Written January 30, 2020
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Disha G
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We are family of 4 husband-wife and 2 kids 13 and 9. From the get go Judah seemed unfriendly. He seemed to be rushed and kept insisting we have to all be back by 5:30pm. It was an afternoon 1pm tour. He kept discouraging us and had somehow made up his mind we won’t be able to do this. He kept insisting this is super hard and it’s very windy. There was no help in form of instructions. He got us on water and while my husband and son made their way out myself and my daughter struggled a bit to get the motions right to maneuver the kayak. He then told us we won’t be able to make it and should go back. He will send my husband and son back. We then proceeded to go back to the dock but there were no signs of my husband and son even after an hour. Long story short - he never ended up telling them we arnt coming, he raced in front of them and kept going, he kept his phone shut the whole time so we couldn’t contact him, after he found them and sent them back he told us on phone he is sending them with another tour guide. When we met that guide they had no idea my husband was supposed to be with them. This is a terrible person, doesn’t deserve to be a guide and in the service industry. I felt like we would have been better off renting kayaks without a guide and a stress of someone rushing us. The other guide Cole was on the ground and tried his best to help us. However our entire day was wasted and there was tons of anxiety.
Written April 7, 2023
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Judah has been guiding on the river for 25 years with 99% 5 star reviews. Just saying….
Written April 9, 2024
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Anna L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was the highlight of our vacation for myself, my husband, and 2 kids (8 & 10 years old). We did the 7am guided tour with Cole, who was a great guide! He was constantly pointing things out and sharing facts and history with us. It was also great being one of the first ones to the falls. We arrived before any other tour group and could swim without a crowd. By the time we left, there were multiple large tour groups that had arrived. I highly recommend this company as their focus is on providing you with a great experience.
Written June 5, 2023
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Mahalo for the review guys! Big aloha from our family to yours! Matt and Tiara WKA
Written April 9, 2024
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jass431
Sarasota, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Just want to thank the people of wailua river kayak for allowing us to cancel and get a full refund for our scheduled trip during this coronovirus crisis. It takes a great staff and ownership to do the right thing by refunding innocent peoples money during this crisis. We really appreciate it. We will not forget and will rebook with you as soon as we can reschedule. ( some companies not refunding and we are letting the world know)
Written March 21, 2020
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