We had heard a lot about the kayak trip up the Wailua River and decided on Kayak Wailua as the company to go with for making the journey. The entire staff was extremely friendly. Our guide, Kyle, was very helpful, offering great pointers for keeping the kayak straight and making the trip as easy and comfortable as possible. He was very friendly, making a point to remember everyone's name and getting to know everyone in the group as best as he could in the 5 hour trip. Once we got to the hike, he would stop every now and then, offering us interesting information about the history of the island and the various types of plants and animals we saw. He truly went out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time.
A few things to take note: definitely wear sneakers or hiking sandals that can get wet, as the hike requires you to cross a shallow stream. Definitely avoid wearing flip flops or flimsy sandals that will get lost in the water. The shoes or hiking sandals are also a must for the swim at the end, as the rocks at the bottom are pretty slippery. Also, the staff recommends that you go for a tandem kayak, however if you have kayaked a few times and have reasonable upper body strength I think the trip is definitely doable in a single kayak. Try to get off the dock first so you can have a good lead and relax instead of having to catch up with the rest of the group.
Overall, this was a great trip and definitely manageable for inexperienced kayakers. Everyone in our family has kayaked numerous times but I think beginners would be able to make this trip comfortably. If you come to Kauai, I would definitely recommend this activity!
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