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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure provided by Kayak Kaua'i

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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Experience Kauai’s sacred Wailua River by land and by water on this combo hiking and kayaking tour that’s easy enough even for beginners. A state-certified guide safely leads you through the trip’s two legs: a kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Guide commentary about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure.
Highlights
  • Explore the Wailua River, one of Kauai’s most sacred places
  • Kayak and hike through a tropical landscape for two different perspectives
  • Follow a guide to a remote waterfall for an off-the-grid experience
  • No need to pack lunch, as a delicious picnic is provided
What to Expect
Considered one of the most sacred places on the island of Kauai, the Wailua River winds 20 miles (32 kilometers) through a lush landscape and past the sites of seven ancient temples. Make your way to the river launch point in Kapa’a and climb into a double, sit-on-top kayak. If you've never kayaked before, your certified guide will provide instruction. Learn about the Wailua's history and tropical ecosystem from your guide as you paddle for about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. Disembark for a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) hike through the tropical forest, observing native plant and animal species. Stop at a gorgeous waterfall splashing into a natural pool from 200 feet (60 meters) above. Cool off with a swim here if you like, and recharge with a picnic lunch.
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Important Information
Departure Point
3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Scrumptious, mouth watering deli sandwiches (turkey, roast beef, ham, salami, or vegetarian)
  • Guide(s) State certified and trained in water safety.
  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) i.e. life preservers.
  • Double sit on top kayaks
  • Water resistant bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Chips, tropical fruit and cookies
  • Refreshments of tropical juices, sodas and bottled water
  • Please choose: Turkey, Salami, Roast Beef, Ham or veggie.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • WHAT TO BRING: Sun Protection, Light Shirt, Bathing Suit, Towel and a Change of clothes
  • Footwear for a trail that can be muddy at times (aqua socks or tennis shoes)
  • The tour is doable by most people in average shape. If for any reason the paddle and/or hike portion is not accomplished by individuals, there is no refund
  • Please note: in the special requirements box your sandwich choice (turkey, roast beef, ham or veggie). Vegan and/or gluten free requests can be accommodated. Please be sure to notate if you require a vegan or gluten free meal.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Amanda wrote a review 19 Nov
Houston, Texas9 contributions
What a fantastic, immersive way to learn about and explore Kauai! This was one of our most favorite experiences. Our guide, Jay, was wonderful. So knowledgeable about the island and its rich history! The hike was great, the waterfall and the time we spent there was awesome, and
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Storemaker, Head Guide at Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha "a_mess", What a nice review. Thanks for taking the time to share. Jay is not only wonderful in the field but great to work with as well. Thanks for making it possible for all of us to continue to live and share the aloha of Kaua'i. Stay well and thanks again. Micco
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Lindsay H wrote a review 16 Nov
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A must do! Ask for Jay, he was the best guide! The views from the kayak were great and the hike was fun and challenging. You definitely will get wet, about waist down, so keep that in mind!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Storemaker, Head Guide at Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Hender, ...you did not mention the mud. Glad you enjoyed Jay and your tour through the Wailua River complex. Thanks for taking the time and your kind words. Stay well and outdoors during these times. A hui hou, Micco
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Josie V wrote a review 3 Nov
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Justin was our tour guide and was very nice. We were novice kayakers and Justin had to pull us halfway from the front leg of the trip and the way back. Bring bug repellants! We had a few bug bites from the hike. The kayak was around 2 miles and 2 miles hike up to the
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Storemaker, Head Guide at Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha Josie, It is so ...so nice to be sharing and celebrating the Kaua'i outdoors once again. Thanks for taking the time and sharing your experience and for giving Justin a 5 star review. Stay well and thanks again. Stay well. Micco
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Katie wrote a review Jul 2020
New York, NY, United States6 contributions1 helpful vote
The guides were awesome and excursion was great! I’d recommend wearing water shoes with good traction. You’ll need them the whole way.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Storemaker, Head Guide at Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
Responded 19 Jul 2020
Thanks for your kinds words. Hope to get gears in motion as the quarantine ends. Stay well and paddling. Micco
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Jill J wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had Jay as our guide and he was amazing. Took the time to explain things and made it a great experience for everyone. Would highly recommend this excursion and Jay as your guide.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Aloha Inspiration, Thanks for letting us know that Jay is, yet again, doing an admirable job. We are fortunate to have a great cast of guides and one of the top one is Jay. Thanks for your kind words. Stay active and enjoying of not only Kaua'i but the planet. A hui hou,
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About the operator

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Kayaking up the hanalei river.
Good guides with beautiful views. You must paddle yourself but everyone is patient. Nice lunch and snorkeling inclu
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Afternoon kayak trip on the Wailua River
We booked a kayak tour for Tuesday, Feb 4. When we got there we were the only couple booked for that time, so we ba
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charity0212
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Kayak tour
We took this tour 2/12/20. It started out rainy like every day in Kauai but bonus was many rainbows. Loved the 2 co
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Very Enjoyable Paddle, Guide Jay was Great!
We really enjoyed our paddle up the river. It's a beautiful area, very lush, and some rare bird sightings along the
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asitis63
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Nasty Day but Worth the Effort
My wife and I took the afternoon Kayak and Hiking adventure to Secret Falls last Saturday, even though the forecast
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Kayak/Hike 5 Stars...Customer Service 3 Stars
We rented 3 of their double kayaks (that’s all they have) several weeks in advance of our trip to Kauai. Our desir
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kimberliw11
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Didn’t see any whales but still was a great trip!
Web was our guide for this tour and the Hanalei Bay tour and he was informative and funny. He was I sevant and alwa
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nellbean
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Excellent Tour- highly recommend
It's an early start on the Na Pali Coast Tour but well well worth it- the whole experience was magical. We took the
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marypomc
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Amazing! Mud be thy friend!
From the moment we entered to marina, life was good! Our guide, Tyler, was personable, informative and easy going.
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Christian_wolfe
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Best Place to Kayak
My wife and I enjoyed this a lot! It was an awesome experience kayaking. Colo was an awesome guide. Sandwiches and
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Kayaking and snorkeling
Good kayak and snorkel tour with animated hosts. The River kayak was the best part, some sandwiches and refreshmen
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Water adventure on the Hanalei
Our guides were humorous, laid back, and informative. The kayaking was calm, not strenuous, though not necessarily
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Joshua R
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Kauai fun
My wife and I were kind of not sure about this tour as it is close to our resort but it did not disappoint. The bes
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rct415
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Amazing Tour--Familiarize Yourself with What to Expect
This was a wonderful tour and the highlight of our trip to Kauai! We had Webb as our guide, and the communication w
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Key Details
  • Kayak Kaua'i, Wailua River State Park
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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