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“Great time”

Duke's Kayak Adventures
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Wailua River and Secret Falls guided Kayak and Hiking Tour
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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8 reviews
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“Great time”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

We had an awesome time on this tour. At least after my husband and I figured out how to work together to paddle our kayak, lol. The two of us had a rough start and our guide talked us through it.
Our tour guide was so genuine and seemed as though he truly enjoyed his job to have fun meeting new people. I can't believe I forgot his name!!! He was the ginger from PHILLY! He and my new husband thought it would be funny to spook me with wild hog noises....annnnd they did. I am a wimp and made myself an easy target....the whole group got a kick out of it. After awhile....even I did :) He was very personable and that made the trip so much more fun. His conversation was genuine....he didn't seem like he was talking just bc it's his "job" to entertain his guests like some other tour guides we have experienced. He made sure to reiterate different aspects of safety when hiking and the importance of complying with those instructions. If you are lucky enough to get this particular guide, I would say you're in good hands. We would take this tour again!

Visited April 2013
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olathe, colorado
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great People, Great Fun”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was a very enjoyable kayaking trip up the river. Our guide was Evan and what a great guide he was. After a nice leisurely paddle up the river on a very stable 2 person kayak, we then hikes 1.25 miles into the forest to a wonderful waterfall. Although discouraged to do so by the government, you can swim in the pool below the falls. The beauty will take your breath away but not as much as the water temperature in the pool. brrr..... sandwich lunch provided. Better to deal directly with Dukes instead of getting tickets through Boss Frogs which was actually higher than the published rate.

Visited February 2013
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Beaufort, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic adventure along the beautiful river”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a nice kayaking trip that would challenge us but not be overly difficult. We love the great outdoors and we love beautiful scenery. This kayak adventure was just the ticket. We found a discount coupon in the book from the resort and were surprised that it was even cheaper than what we found on AAA. We decided to chance it and were very glad we did. Our guide Evan was very cordial and enthusiastic and kept us all well informed and engaged during the trip.
We paddled about 3 miles up the river, then walked a pleasant hike to the secret waterfall where our guide gave us the lunch that had been prepared for us. We relaxed at the falls and then started our trip back.
The scenery was just gorgeous as we paddled along in the valley. We felt very at peace.

A couple of items to note, the lunch is very simple, just homemade sandwiches and chips. Some of the other tours we saw were a little more elaborate, but we thought we got well worth our money and were very pleased with our guide. We felt that he wanted to make sure we were informed about the history and nature and about safety as well.

I would highly recommend this tour.

Visited March 2013
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Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Experience!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

My husband and I spent a week in Kauai at the beginning of March. The concierge at the Grand Hyatt (amazing resort!) made our booking with Duke’s Kayak. We did the five hour afternoon tour and it completely surpassed our expectations. I’ve never kayaked before and was a little nervous, but the waters were calm and the route was beautiful. We loved the mile hike to the “secret” waterfall, which was also beautiful although there were quite a few people there. However the best part of this adventure was our tour guide, Evan. He had lots of positive energy and did a great job of keeping the group together and spirits high. He was full of corny (but funny) jokes and really interesting information about the local history and plant life. The time just flew by. This kayaking/hiking excursion was one of the best parts of our trip to Kauai.

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California, United States
1 review
“Great Adventure & Experience”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

My wife and I are in Kauai for our honeymoon and decided to do a little Kayaking (even though I've never done it before). After some research we found Duke's Kayak and signed up for the 7 mile kayak and hike to the Wailua "secret" Falls. It was a great decision.
Our tour guide Evan, was extremely knowledgeable and funny. He gave us a lot of insight into the history of the area and made the whole adventure extremely fun. It was a very relaxing trip. Evan gave us a lot of advice on the kayaking part and stuck with us when we were struggling to keep the kayak straight. On the hike portion he was pointing out several interesting trees, plants and giving us the history of Kauai.
All in all I extremely enjoyed this trip. This was the best experience I've had on Kauai (there's been many) and would highly recommend Duke's and Evan to anyone looking for an adventure on Kauai.

Visited March 2013
Thank Brody G
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