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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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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.
  • 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
Double sit on top Ocean Zest Kayaks
Bottled water
PFD (Life jackets)
Water Resistant Dry Bags
Guide(s) State Certified and trained in water safety
Hotel Pick Up or Drop Off
4-484 Kuhio Hwy , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
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.
What is the social distancing policy during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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


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Great day kayaking and hiking
, May 2022
Gabriel made this tour! He was knowledgeable, helpful, interesting, and so pleasant to be around. The kayaking was not difficult and the hike to the falls was beautiful. Gabe filled it with plant and bird information (and we even got to see his trained birds!!). Wear shoes that won’t come off in the water! Lunch was just ok but very welcome.
Great experience!
, Apr 2022
Ericson was terrific. We did the 745 tour. Kayaking was a struggle (for me) but so worth it! Ericson was very helpful and encouraging. The hike and waterfall were absolutely beautiful. Great experience.
Lovely day!
, Apr 2022
What a fun day! Our guide, Erickson, was amazing. This was a great family day. My 12 year old was not happy that I made him join us on this adventure. BUT, he was so happy and loved every minute of it. He told us it was his favorite day so far on our vacation!
Mahalo for a Great Time
, Apr 2022
We had a great time. The kayaking was gentle and scenic. When we got to the trail, our guide Erickson, was quick with history and information about local plants and wildlife. The Secret Waterfall was beautiful!
Fun Times!
, Apr 2022
It was nice and relaxing on the water and a fun hike back to the falls. Good workout for the arms. It was great the boardwalk was there so you didn’t have to slip in the mud.
Great day kayaking and hiking to a beautiful waterfall
, Apr 2022
Beautiful day! The highlight of our trip was our incredible guide Erickson. He was so knowledgeable about the area, funny, kind, helpful and he genuinely seems to love his job. He connected with everyone in our group in some way and he is what made the experience so terrific for my family.
Educational & challenging!
, Apr 2022
Loved hearing Erickson tell us all about the flora & fauna along the way and the historical information we passed by. Erickson was amazing and fully committed to our comfort and enjoyment. The hike was more challenging than described and involved slippery mud & walking through knee-deep water & narrow root-riddled paths, so water shoes w/gripping soles are needed.
At Least a 4
, Apr 2022
NOT Wailua Falls. THIS IS Secret Falls. Worth it, even if there like 100 people at the falls and the hiking trail was a bit muddy. Loved it though, would do it again.
Unforgettable Adventure
, Apr 2022
Learning the history of the area and challenging myself to make it through some tougher terrain made for an amazing experience.
Amazing experience!
, Mar 2022
Absolutely flippin brilliant, Erikson was an awesome guide, so knowledgeable and made you feel at ease and safe. There was a hiccup with our booking but Erikson and the team sorted it out in minutes. Well worth the money, fantastic experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Aloha Collette, We are so happy to hear you had an amazing experience on your kayak adventure with your guide, Ericson. Safety is our #1 priority next to having a great experience on your tour. Glad we were able to sort out the booking hiccup so you were able to experience the beautiful Wailua River and Uluwehi Falls. Mahalo

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