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Best time to kayak?

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Best time to kayak?

Is there a best time of the day to do the Wailua river kayaking tour? Morning or afternoon? Does anyone highly recommend a certain company for beginners? I've checked out several websites, but would greatly appreciate recommendations.

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1. Re: Best time to kayak?

I would think mornings would be better since the trade winds usually start in the afternoon.

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2. Re: Best time to kayak?

if going with your spouse, get a pre-nup first. pick a time when the wind is at your back, both directions!

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3. Re: Best time to kayak?

Definitely as early as possible. The wind can make the return trip much harder. All of the rental companies have experience dealing with beginners, considering many on these tours have never seen a kayak before. Try to pick a company that has good reviews, is reasonably priced and has a location right at the river. That way there is no van ride before and after the trip.

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4. Re: Best time to kayak?

kayak Kauai is on the river and an excellent company. Search their website. North side of the Wailua.

If you know zero about kayaking, suggest you do the kayak paddle with a guide and also hike up to secret falls. The guide will teach you proper paddling techniques and the tricks of the river.

As to the wind, the prevailing winds are out of the NE,Trade winds, so it is coming from one direction and you will not have it to your back both ways.

Earlier the wind can be less in speed, but if you do the hike up to secret falls, it will be up to speed for your return.

As to paddling, 90 % of the paddlers that I see on the Wailua are total novices and that is evident in about ten seconds of observation. One guide kayak should help you out a lot. Makes life easier.

1. On the way up, we paddle close to the right side of the river. The down stream current is lighter on the sides, and more strong in the center. So, generally on the way back, we try to place our kayak so we get a bit of a boost from the current on most of Kauai's streams and rivers. Same for kayaking the Napali, have that wind and current behind you.

Also, if the trades are strong, you might get a bit of a windbreak at times, staying a little closer to your left side coming back down stream.....and out of the wind as much as possible.

Also, another reason for being on that same side of the river is that Smiths Large Barges, filled with visitors, are navigating on the left side of the river, going up to the fern grotto. They stay on that same side for the passage back. Big party, entertainers, and music, etc.

As to getting a pre nup.....if you get some paddling lessons, that will not happen.

You will learn the main steering person is in the back. Both paddles enter and leave the water at the same time on the same side of the kayak.

Lots more, like how to turn, stop, and also get back in to the kayak if you huli ( turn over )

Those are just a few things that you can pick up on, to make your day much more pleasant.

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