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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • Explore Kauai's only navigable river with a guide
  • Great way to experience the Garden Isle's lush scenery by land and by water
  • Learn about the Wailua River's importance to ancient Hawaiians
  • Feast on a riverside picnic lunch
  • All kayaking equipment included
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Guided kayak tour
Kayak, life vest, paddle and dry bag backpack
Bottled water
Lunch
Gratuities
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

4-484 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

New location: We are located inside the Coconut Marketplace. "Meet us under the Water Tower" at our new kiosk.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get an early start to make the most of the fresh tropical morning, and meet your guide at the launch point near the Wailua River, Kauai’s only navigable waterway. Get outfitted with a provided kayak, paddle, and life vest, and store your belongings in a dry bag before setting off on the gentle currents.

Soak up the verdant jungle scenery and views of volcanic peaks in the distance on a 2-mile (3.2-km) paddle upriver towards the north fork. Feel transported back in time as you pass by the traditional huts of Kamokila Village and hear tales of the native Hawaiian people who once lived around and traveled the river more than 1,500 years ago.

Take a break from paddling to explore the rain forest by foot on a moderate hike to the Ulewehi Waterfall, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the majestic falls cascading 120 feet (36 meters) down a mountain cliff. Recharge with a riverside picnic lunch of fresh and healthy island fare including vegetarian options before hopping back in your kayak for the return trip to the starting point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Trail conditions vary from super dry to very muddy depending on recent rain
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Hiking sandals like Tevas or Keens, water shoes or sneakers (your feet will get wet & muddy).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kayak Adventures, Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be sure to shoes that you can hike through a little bit of water, because your shoes will get wet." See review
  • "Being in fairly good shape is a plus, as paddling a kayak significant distance and hiking over muddy-rocky terrain is required, but the visit to Secret Falls (lunch-snack provided) is well worth it!" See review
  • "Trail was muddy so make sure you wear water hiking shoes, like Merrell H20 Hiking shoes." See review

Reviews

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Excellent tour and tourguide
Kris_R
, Sep 2021
We had a spectacular time and Paige was a GREAT guide. She was knowledgable and patient. Very much a pro. She had a great sense of humor and technical skills. I can't recommend this tour highly enough! Be sure you have good water shoes!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Kris, YAY! So happy to hear you had a spectacular time on your tour with your guide, Paige. She is a jack of all trades; she was also a white water rafting instructor and this winter she will leave the island and work as a ski instructor! She has a great sense of humor! Thank you again for highly recommending our tour. Yes, we suggest wearing Tevas, Keens, water shoes or sneakers you don't mind getting wet and muddy.
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Kayak/ Hike
Claudia_Z
, Sep 2021
Paige was a great guide! Friendly and upbeat. I would rate the trip as moderate in physical activity. The hike to waterfall was fun.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Claudia, Thank you for sharing your experience about your tour and your guide, Paige. Yes, guests will be kayaking 4 miles round trip and 2 miles round trip. Glad to hear the hike to the waterfall was fun.
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Kayaking in the beauty
Jim_D
, Sep 2021
Great experience… loved the time spent and the pay off with a beautiful waterfall that we could actually get under!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Jim, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. All that hard work is worth getting under that majestic Hawaiian waterfall!
star-5
Awesome journey and destination
Ronald_J
, Sep 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable about Kauai. The falls were spectacular if not a little cold. Would recommend very highly. Thank you again
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Ronald, Thank you for highly recommending our company. We are glad you had an awesome journey with your guide to the majestic destination of Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls)
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You will be glad you did this!!
Shelly
, Sep 2021
We had a memorable excursion with our knowledgeable guide Gabriel. Thank you so much for sharing about the plants, trees, birds and history along the way! One of our best experiences on the island! Thanks for the nearby restaurant recommendation Lava Lava, we enjoyed it too.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Shelly, We are so happy to hear that this was one of your best experiences on the island! Gabriel loves sharing his knowledge about the island to his guests including local spots to go after your tour :)
star-5
A real adventure!
Don_N
, Sep 2021
Learning about the land from a knowledgeable guide. The hike and kayak phases were not too strenuous and the waterfall was refreshing.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Don, Our guides love to share their knowledge of the inner beauty of Kauai that most people do not get to see. Glad you enjoyed a real adventure with your guide.
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Great Day Adventure
MCH
, Sep 2021
My 7 year old daughter loved every part of the trip. Thank you for taking such great care of all of us.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear even your 7 year old daughter loved every part of the tour! We love what we do :)
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Jungle Adventure
Cindy_W
, Aug 2021
Enjoyed the different aspects of adventure from kayaking down the beautiful river to hiking the different terrain to the Falls. Our guide Gabriel was very knowledgeable and made the trip a fun learning experience as well.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Cindy, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your kayaking and hiking adventure with Gabriel to the beautiful Uluwehi Falls.
star-5
Awesome experience with helpful guides.
David_V
, Aug 2021
The entire trip was wonderful. Our guide , Nathan,, was so kind and helpful. We will request Nathan again . All in all the difficulty was easy to slightly moderate when hiking through a shallow rocky stream above the knees. We are in our early 60's and did just fine.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Aloha David, So glad to hear you had a wonderful trip with your guide, Nathan. We appreciate your feedback!
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Life time memories
Janice_B
, Aug 2021
It was a wonderful experience for my Granddaughters. They loved the waterfall & pool, Paige our guide took the pictures of them in the pool. The most memorable for the little one (Gabby) & myself having to have Paige come back to tow us in because the strong wind kept taking us to the side. She & I paddled back in as Gabby slept between us, she was an exhausted little girl. Oh course her sisters laughed at us. We hope it didn’t slow up the rest of the group but Paige was great!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Aloha Janice, So glad to hear you had a wonderful experience with your granddaughters at the pool at Uluwehi Falls. Sounds like a very memorable time especially having Paige have to tow you in while your little granddaughter slept lol (that would have been a funny video to have that documented) and hopefully y'all slept soundly that night!

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