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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

  • 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
Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
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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.
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. A driver will be waiting to pick you up near Hanalei Bay to transfer you back to the starting point.
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Reviewed today
Well worth it

Our guide was T and he really made the trip fun. It was my wife and I's first time kayaking and it was extremely enjoyable, took a few to figure it out but after that good times and some great laughs.We disembark after about 45...More

Thank Terry K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Amazing Time and Hike

This is something you have to do if visiting Kaua’i. You start with a kayak going up the Wailua River (which I suggest getting the morning tour) for several miles before you begin your hike towards the Queens bath and the Sacred Falls. Now if...More

Thank PhantomGhost5762
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Aloha Phantom, No "phantom" about your Wailua Sacred Falls tour; you exhumed real enthusiasm. It is appreciated. Tyler is another of our eclectic, fun, and knowledgeable guides that we have the good fortune to have in our employ. Only correction to your review, the Queen's...More

Reviewed 5 days ago
Easy kayak tour, great tour guide.

We were in Kauai 2 weeks after flooding had washed out the trail to the falls and were not able to do the hike. The kayak tour was easy and our tour guide Phil was awesome. He was very informative, helpful and made everyone feel...More

1  Thank Mike N
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Aloha Mike, Very lucky to have Phil work with us. He is very reliable and knows his Hawaiian natural and cultural history. On our tours, we can only go as fast as the slowest member and often this allows us more time than we may...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun,but little to see

The novelty for us was the kayaking especially in Kauai.Hard to find the building to acquire the kayak and the chill atmosphere of someone showing up 10 minutes before departure was stressful but casual to them.The trip is about 2-2.5 miles(one Way).Our guide explained the...More

Thank Rick6258
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Rick, Thanks for describing the abbreviated Wailua tour we are presently offering until the trail soon opens, which is slated to open hopefully on 12 of June; we are keeping our "paddles crossed". And yes...it is easier ironically to paddle upstream. Often the real...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent Tour!!!

Great tour!!! My guide was awesome. He really knew his stuff. Very friendly, knowledgeable and informative. The kayaking portion of the tour was fun and also quite a workout. I commend the guides, because I couldn't imagine making that trip back and forth multiple times...More

Thank Kimi211
Kayak K, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Kimi, You must have done this tour before our recent big floods 14-15 of April. Statistics are still out, but one figure floating out there is that in a 24 hour period we may have gotten 49.69 inches. Since then the trail to the...More

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13 April 2018|
Response from Dino_and_Hoppy | Reviewed this property |
Check with the staff - they are quick to respond. Keep in mind the trip is part kayak and part trail walk. Depending on the weather the trail can be sloppy & slippery in places. There is one short river crossing that... More