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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 2 weeks ago
A ton of fun for all of us

My wife, 14 years old daughter and I booked the morning excursion for June 7th of this year. We got a call a couple weeks prior saying that the trail hadn’t been opened and they were having to cancel. Lucky for us we had a...More

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

Aloha MBLDR, What a nice review. Yes Tyler is still waiting for his first child to surface and do believe will be imbued with all the characteristics that makes a good guide and kayaker...or for that matter a nice human being. Thanks for pointing out...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great fun

Once you get the hang of the kayak this is great fun, you kayak around 2miles (doesn’t feel that long), before you then hike a mile to the waterfall where the King used to bathe. The hike was very slippery in parts due to the...More

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

Aloha Karen, Yes our Wailua River Sacred Falls paddle and hike is a great combo of upper body and lower body exercise; by the time your arms might be getting tired we land and start to hike to the Falls, for about the same amount...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Cole was great!

My wife and I had a great time Kayaking up the river, hiking to the secluded waterfall and taking a dip!! The lunch provided was very nice, Cole our guide was extremely friendly patient and professional! Very talkative and made the effort to speak with...More

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

Aloha Kieran, There is an art to slicing a pineapple without slicing yourself. Cole not only is great in the field but also keeps all our Kayak Kauai, vehicles tuned up and running. We only have the pleasure to have him guide with us once...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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

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A very easy hike I felt. It had rained before we went so there were places that were muddy and a bit slippery, but nothing to treacherous by any means. We met all types of people on the trail, so very doable by just about... More
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