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As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is known for its rugged natural scenery and lush greenery from heavy rainfall. It also has Hawaii’s most navigable rivers, and thus offers the state's best kayaking. Here are the best kayak tour options on the island.

Highlights
  • Paddle down the Wailua River on a guided kayaking tour, surrounded by tropical rain forest, stopping at tall waterfalls (such as Uluwehi or Secret Falls) and natural pools along the way.
  • Take a sea kayak to the open waters to see the stunning Na Pali Coast or access hard-to-reach coastal spots near Poipu on the south shore.
  • Take a river kayak down the Hanalei River to reach Hanalei Bay, home to some of the most beautiful waters and sea life on Kauai's north shore, including Hawaiian sea turtles.
  • Add a hiking tour or snorkel tour to your kayak adventure. The Huleia River is a great place to combine a few activities and learn about the history and culture of Kauai. If river kayaking is not your thing, you can also take in the sights from a motorized canoe.
  • Participate in a variety of outdoor activities on land, river, or sea with a knowledgeable guide.
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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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Embark on a Garden Isle adventure with a half-day kayak trip on Kauai’s legendary Wailua River. Paddle through lush tropical landscape with a guide, passing a traditional Hawaiian village and learning about the river’s ancient, sacred history along the way. Feel like an island explorer as you hike to a sparkling waterfall, and keep your energy up with a riverside picnic lunch.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.99
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$93.99
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.35
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$113.35
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Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

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Rainbow Kayak Tours has been providing guided tours of the Wailua River for 20 years. Our experienced guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the history of this incredible place.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.38
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$100.38

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

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Kayak, hike and canoe through the heart of Kauai’s lush jungles on a 4.5-hour adventure to Hidden Valley Falls. Paddle past trailing vines and enjoy sweeping views of the Haupu Mountains as you explore the Hule’ia River by kayak, then follow a shady .75-mile (1.2-km) forest trail to a backcountry waterfall. Cool off in a swimming hole beneath the falls, listen to the jungle chorus of tropical birds, then board a motorized, twin-hulled Hawaiian canoe to retrace your path down the tranquil Hule’ia.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.61
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike

Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike

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Embark into the heart of the Kauai jungle on a kayaking and hiking adventure. You'll paddle along the Wailua River, then continue another mile on foot to a spectacular 100-foot-tall waterfall. A picnic lunch awaits you, as well as ample time to cool off in a local swimming hole and savor the surrounding valley's lush rainforest scenery, such as tropical plants and streams. Your guide will offer plenty of details about the Wailua Valley, including its unique botanical offerings and the ancient cultures who thrived here, throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.14
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$114.14

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

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Discover the secret treasures of Kauai on this private half-day kayaking and adventure tour. Find hidden waterfalls, delve into fern grottos, visit cliff jumping spots, opt to swim in a private lagoon, and snorkel and hike up the Napali Coast Trail. Your trained-naturalist guide is a wildlife photographer and will capture the big moments on camera on route: you'll receive five edited professional photos of your tour as mementoes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.71
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$101.71

Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour

Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour

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Get up close and personal with the spectacular scenery of Hanalei Bay—and enjoy an active way to explore—on this two-in-one, half-day tour. Begin with a kayaking trip along the Hanalei River before heading onto the Bay to soak up the scenery, spy sea turtles, and more. Then, swap your kayak for a snorkel for an underwater nature expedition. Finally, unwind with lunch on the beach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.41
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Na Pali Coast - Summer Sea Kayaking Tour

Na Pali Coast - Summer Sea Kayaking Tour

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Spend a day kayaking off of the Na Pali Coast in Kauai with this guided excursion, best suited to experienced kayakers. You'll paddle 17 miles (roughly 28 kilometers) during your journey, taking in some of Hawaii's most impressive scenery along the way. After your trip, you'll be awarded a commemorative diploma to remember your adventure by.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.80
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$280.80

Wailua River Paddle

Wailua River Paddle

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A Safe and Tranquil Taste of the Wailua River This three-hour guided tour is a wonderful paddling adventure for the whole family, idyllic paddling on the Wailua River Great panoramic scenery with the landscape and natural history genuinely and safely explained by your water borne guide. The Wailua River became the center of activity for early Hawaiians and is known as one of Hawaii’s two most sacred places. At night, it is said that one can still hear ancient drums thunder in concert with the nearby surf. This tour is perfect for those who want a “taste” of this wonderful river.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.22
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Acua Park Adventure Package

Acua Park Adventure Package

Acua Park Adventures provides history, entertainment, and some of the most breathtaking views on the island of Kauai. Located in Koloa on the magnificent Waita reservoir, Acua Park Adventures delivers a multitude of non-motorized water vehicles to explore the beauty of Hawaii’s largest body of fresh water.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.67
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