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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.

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  • 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 Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall 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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$125.00
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$125.00
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Kayaking and Adventure Tour

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

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This is a Kayaking/Hiking adventure for you and your family. We go at our own pace, we are able to explore all that the river has to offer like true secret falls. If the weather and conditions permits there are more places to explore on this adventure. Your guide is a naturalist and photographer, so you will have someone with you capturing all your precious memories. With this reservation you will receive 5 free photos, possibly more if you write a review about your experience in a timely manner, then you will have a link sent to you where you can have access to all the photos from the shoot for a small fee per photos..Please remember to bring good shoes for hiking like water shoes, slippers will not work! For those who love photos, please consider our special photographic adventure tour down the river at 3:30. Not as long as our 8am, 1pm trips but more creative photographically. This tour is conducted by a trained professional photographer so the pictures will be perfect!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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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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$107.39
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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.39
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
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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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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai on a 5-hour tour that combines a lovely kayaking trip with an moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. Your experienced guide provides a paddling lesson and guided kayak tour in the Wailua River Valley, following gorgeous waterways through the lush Kauai landscape. Then hop out of your kayaks and take a 45-minute hike to Secret Falls where you can cool off in the clear waters before returning to the Wailua marina the way you came.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

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Avoid crowds and embark on a Kauai snorkeling tour that limits group size to six people. Head for Kauai’s pristine south shore reefs to see tropical fish, sea urchins, and sea mammals. You may also see a turtle nesting on the beach or a Hawaiian monk seal basking in the sun.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour

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The Na Pali coast is one of the most spectacular sights in Kauai. The best way to see it is from the water, so join this catamaran cruise for unbeatable views of lush green valleys, towering spires, jagged sea cliffs, and wildlife such as dolphins and sea turtles, as well as time for snorkeling and swimming. Includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$210.82
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$183.35
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

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Explore the dramatic cliffs and crystalline waters of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on a half-day snorkeling adventure. Cruise along the spectacular coastline aboard a motorized raft, stopping to splash into the clear waters and snorkel among native marine life at one of Kauai’s best coral reefs. Traveling by raft allows the flexibility to navigate the rugged sea caves and waterfalls that dot the spectacular Na Pali shoreline. A deli lunch and beverages are included on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.20
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$189.20

Kauai Adventure Bundle: 4 Epic Audio Driving Tours

Kauai Adventure Bundle: 4 Epic Audio Driving Tours

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Shaka Guide is an audio tour app that gives you the benefits of a guided tour with the freedom to explore on your own terms. This Kauai Adventure Tour Bundle comes with four socially-distanced audio driving tours: • Waimea and Na Pali Tour (6-8 hour tour) • Wailua Valley and Waterfalls Tour (6-8 hour tour) • Poipu and Koloa Tour (4-6 hours hour tour) • North Shore Kauai Tour (6-8 hour tour) The app uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn navigation to historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches and scenic hikes with stories about the places you’re visiting and music to entertain you along the way. All Shaka Guide Tours... • Never expire - take them multiple times or buy in advance • Work 100% offline - no data or wifi necessary • Let you take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you *Please use the link in your confirmation email to download the app*
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  • 4 days
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike
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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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Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

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Want to do something fun and exciting on your vacation? Well then, come join us for a fun photographic paddle board adventure here on Kauai? Lets arrive at a breathtaking location, like the Wailua river or the beautiful secret falls and make beautiful pictures together! We have inside local knowledge of all the must see locations here on Kauai which are hidden from the eyes of most visitors like special parts of famous rivers, editable and native plant species, forests, Hawaiian cultural and historic sites and so much more! Exact location visited will depend on abilities of group and weather, so contact us directly if you have questions? With this reservation you will receive 5 free edited professional photos from the shoot, possibly more if you write a review about your experience in a timely manner, then you will have a link sent to you where you can have access to all the Photos for a small fee..Please remember to confirm your reservation in advance!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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$169.00
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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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