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Island Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Exploring KAUAI BY KAYAK since 1977 For years, Island Adventures has introduced visitors and Kama'ainas (residents), to the magic of the Hule'ia River and it's 241 acres of National Wildlife Refuge. More recently, the owners of this small company set out to improve on what was already known to our visitor industry professionals as one of the very best kayak trips on Kauai. "We set out in search of an elusive waterfall that existed only in the memories of a handful of long time Kauai locals. Because of the thick jungle growth, an aerial survey of the area was fruitless. This search for a secret waterfall was to send us on a mission, through thick tangled jungle with no cut trails. After several difficult trips into the valley we were rewarded with the sound of rushing waters. Still, dense vegetation made it impossible to get a close look. We could hear it but couldn't see it" It took two more attempts for the Island Adventures crew of explorers to make their most exciting discovery. After rappelling down a cliff to the river below, the found not one, but two treasures: Jungle Waterfalls, the tallest one was over 50' high. A whole year and a half later, a trail had been mapped and cut. Now you don't havce to be Tarzan to enjoy this very special place, which has become the main destination of Island Adventures latest tours. "This Ain't No Zipline" and "Hawaiian Dundee".
Reviewed November 13, 2013

My girlfriend and myself, are fairly sedentary people, and we wanted to something a little crazy. We were trying to decide between this tour and one done on the waimea (sp?) river. We were completely thrilled we picked this one. This one was difficult, but not so much that we could not do it, the other one, as I hear it is much harder.

We went on a fairly long kayah trip, 2.5 miles, and the view was breathtaking, and tanya was hysterical, and did a great job in telling us what we needed to know, and making sure all of us were keeping up. Then we went to the rappelling portion where sale, was an amazing instructor, and took what was a pretty difficult task and made it simple for all of us, the views were also breathtaking,

Before we rappelled, though, we went through a 20-3- minute training on all the safety specifics, and then we trained on A 10 foot or so dirt cliff. Then we walked down to the waterfall. We rappelled over a 30 foot waterfall, and it was great, they were all instructive and positive, and made sure everyone had a good time, we then went to the 60 foot waterfall and took pictures, and relaxed.

Lastly we walked back up to the area where we trained, and had a nice lunch, then on the way back to our cars, tanya told showed us some awesome sights, and told some great stories about the kauai landscape, and the locals, of which she is one.

Overall if you are thinking of doing a kayak and hiking tour in kauai, trust me this is far and away the best option, and on top of that, the folks that run this are top -notch, and I believe we rewarding those that epitomize excellence, I can't recommend this any higher.

2  Thank Justin W
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I had planned on this trip as one of our main attractions to this island. We completely blocked that day out for this only to get a call they only needed two more people to go on this tour so it was canceled. We were so disappointed and had no time to schedule anything else. Horrible business.

3  Thank Bethanyrl
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Tonya, Charlie & Crew:

You give new meaning to "Ohana"! Rappelling both the 30 & 60ft waterfalls was truly unparalleled! What an experience! And, the education we received in just a few short hours with you certainly surpassed years of lecture halls.

We visited with our two adult "ranger" sons....Guess we need to return with our daughters next!

If you love adventure, pushing the limits of your mind, have a love of people and everything truly beautiful on this island, THIS is the trip for you!


1  Thank marciacarlsonpack
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We rarely go on guided "adventures", but the rappelling was something we hadn't tried before. Went with three kids ages 13-18. They were pretty bored on the kayak trip, as it is simply paddling up the river, with little to see and do (we ocean kayak a lot, so this was pretty tame). The hikes were actually very interesting, if you haven't traipsed through a rainforest/mangrove environment. None of us found it particulary strenuous, in fact we had an elderly couple around 80 who kept up with all the activities, including the rappelling. The rappelling session was very well done, Sale' has a lot of hands on experience in this area and it shows. After a lecture on the basics, we practiced on a dry cliff, then hiked a short distance to the first waterfall where 3 routes have been professionally set. There are guides at the top of each route and belayers at the bottom, though they are there as a safety net and you still have to be responsible for everything that you do, such as clipping in, etc. The rocks on the waterfalls are very slippery with algae/moss, so you have to remember every detail of your training to not slip and hit the rock face.

All in all, it was a great experience and fun to do something new on Kauai. Much better than the standard kayak/waterfall trip. Wish you could just sign up for the rappelling part, and I hope they finish the course on the higher fall soon.

2  Thank washington_wahine
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I have taken guided kayaking tours in the Everglades, Vancouver Island, Acadia National Park, Hilton Head Island, and the San Juan Islands. I have also taken a couple of kayaking harbor tours. The Island Adventures tour on Kauai was by far the most intense. It is 2.5 miles upstream. The current is minimal and the wind is at your back, but the paddling is constant. The trip is on the Hule'ia river and it goes thru a wildlife preserve but the pace set by the tour leader prevents stopping to see a bird or an interesting plant. You will need to do 60+ strokes per minute or you will fall behind. On the plus side, Island Adventures is very safety oriented. In addition to the leader there were two other staff members kayaking with the group and a small power boat followed the group. The rappelling part of the trip was also very safety focused. However, our group had 26 guests so the rappelling took a very long time. There was a significant amount of time spent waiting for everyone in the party to rappel. If you are an inexperienced or infrequent kayaker I would not take this trip. If you want to try rappelling for the first time these would be the company to use. Safety is clearly a top priority.

1  Thank Charles_TA_1
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