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“Excellente location and the good people and gears to go with it”
Review of Kayak Hanalei

Kayak Hanalei
Ranked #4 of 20 Tours in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are a Hawaiian Family owned and operated company specializing in Kayak tours, kayak rentals, surf/SUP lessons, & surf/SUP rentals.
Reviewed April 18, 2014

We had a great time doing business with Kayak Hanalei. The greating is to the aloha standard, nothing to complain.

The double kayaks where fun and easy to paddle.

I was worry it would be hard to go against the current on the river but it`s easy. It`s fun to go at the beach and come back. The scenery beyond the bridge is awesome but starts to become a long ride if you want also see the beach. 2 miles for the beach, 2 miles for the bridge. They are centrally located. I just wish we could rent by the hour. The minimum package was 3.5 hours and it was too long for us.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

The staff here are fantastic. Today I took a surfing lesson with Hanalei Wave Riders and my mother took a stand up paddle tour here. We both had Kolo as our guide and he was wonderful. My mom loved him on the guided SUP tour, she said he shared lots of historical info about the area and he was very helpful during my surfing lesson. We had a great time, we highly recommend this place!

Thank Breisman
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Service with a smile - literally. Mom asks daughter to help, and off we go. Was that Grandpa overseeing the waterfront?

In any case we can't recommend this group any more highly. From reasonable rates to the most family friendly rental policy possible (a true 24 hour rental with them taking care of the gear overnight!), to a dockside staff whose laid back demeanor belied the precision and attentiveness they executed against. These guys were great.

Among the family friendly options was the ability to paddle upstream where it was calm, and pretty, albeit with glimpses of the road. Downstream felt like a foreign land, and allowed you to go oceanside for wavehopping. We're middle agers and our 11 and 13 year olds not experts in this stuff, but all four of us had a blast on the ocean, rookies or not.

Try these guys.

Hint: check out the fish market next door for incredible grill material!

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We Rented Stand Up Paddle Boards and a solo Kayak.
It was a self led afternoon, not a 'tour', but they do have some tours. We preferred to go on our own.
We were drawn to this company by just driving by and seeing the nearly new equipment, actually on our way to utilize a different company that seemed to be closer to the water.
After speaking with the owner, and learning of their pricing/scheduling and seeing how they treated us, we decided to rent Paddle Boards here.
The price was right, and since we were there later in the day, they let us come back the next day at no cost!
Bathroom/Changing was available on site, they had great equipment and were super nice/friendly.
They held onto our Rental Car Key, to prevent risk of losing it. They offered FREE drybags to borrow (not rent, but to borrow for FREE!). Awesome!
The launch was AMAZING, right on the calmest tiny inlet to the river (which was also rather calm), that leads right to the Ocean!
They gave us FREE tips on how to start off (no UPCHARGE for a required 'lesson') and within minutes we were standing up and cruising right along!
You can paddle up river or down river, we chose to head to the Ocean, a leisurely 25 minute paddle.
Where the river met the ocean, we saw a turtle and pulled over to relax a bit on the sandy shore.
We headed back on a leisurely 30 minute paddle upstream back to Kayak Hanalei.
The next day we played more in the ocean and my mom rented a sit on top kayak.
Great people, great gear/location and lots of fun!
Compare prices, I think you will find that this is the best deal, we did!
Check out their website for coupons and direct booking (don't use concierge, it costs more!)
I tipped the 'launch guys' $10 each day, they were very very friendly and helpful and worth every penny!

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

My son, daughter-in-law and I went paddle boarding and kayaking on the river to the ocean. This family run company was fantastic in every way from when we registered to use the equipment, to showing us how to use the paddle boards and to helping us launch and return the kayak and paddle boards. The paddle boards and kayaks were clean and well maintained. This is a must do activity when you are in Hanalei.

Thank Susan L
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