We did this experience through Kayak Wailua the first Friday in October of 09 in the early afternoon/ late morning as one of our honeymoon excursions! My husband and I had a blast! I must say, that my husband and I enjoy kayaking! We are not professionals by any means, but are very comfortable kayaking/ canoeing on calm and white water.
We had a very nice guide. She stayed with the people that were less experienced. My husband and I are stronger paddlers so we would end up ahead of the group (even heading against the wind) and would just wait. This was not a problem for us at all :D The hike to the falls can be slippery and you must be able to do some very very mild climbing up some rocky hills. Nothing bad at all, We saw a family with children walk by. They seemed comfortable.) The falls were beautiful!! (The height of the water varies depending on the season you go. So at some points in the year I think it is less accessible due to LOTS of rain.)
At the falls we ate our lunch and swam beneath it. We were lucky that we had a small group we pretty much had the falls to our self, so that is pretty atypical from what I understood. So I would NOT say that is a regular occurrence. My husband and I loved it! We had an absolute blast and got some really good pictures!! (I have a waterproof digital camera)
I would recommend wearing shoes that you do not care about on this trip. Old sturdy tennis shoes. It is a rain forest so the ground is Wet, you are also going to have to step in the water to get into your boat and go through the water to get to the trail!
Overall, a wonderful experience!!
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