We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Select Date and Travellers
2 travellers
Paddle and swim through some of Kauai's most recognizable scenery on a combo kayak and snorkel tour of Hanalei Bay. Put aside navigation worries as your guide leads the way down the Hanalei River and into the bay and sets up a picnic lunch with views of Makana Peak. In addition to kayaking, don a snorkeling mask to explore the vibrant marine life of the Bay Reef Lagoon.
  • Experience both kayaking and snorkeling on this Kauai combo tour
  • Paddle down Hanalei River and through Hanalei Bay
  • Look for sea turtles and fish while snorkeling in Bay Reef Lagoon
  • Includes light picnic lunch on the shores of the famous bay
What to Expect
Meet your guide in Kapaa and head to the launch point on the Hanalei River, where you learn basic paddling techniques and launch onto the river with a partner in a double kayak. Make your way downriver at a leisurely pace, passing through lush tropical forest and open taro fields. Spill out into crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, and disembark on the shores for a rest and light sandwich lunch while enjoying views of Makana Peak, also known as the fictional Bali Hai from the 1958 movie South Pacific. Once recharged, use provided snorkeling equipment to explore the coral gardens of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to colorful fish and even sea turtles. Climb back in your kayak and try riding the mellow bay waves if you like before paddling to the end point, where a driver waits to take you back to your original departure point in Kapaa.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA
Departure Time
9:00 AM
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • State-certified guide (s) trained in water safety
  • Personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Tandem (double) kayak
  • Snorkel gear
  • Water-resistant bag
  • Tropical juices and bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring the following items: sun protection, light shirt, bathing suit, footwear for the beach (tabis, aqua socks or tennis shoes), towel and change of clothes
  • Please include your choice of lunch: Ham, Turkey, Salami, Roast Beef, or Veggie Sandwich
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
  • 32
  • 8
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1
Traveller type
Time of year
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
My wife and I enjoyed this a lot! It was an awesome experience kayaking. Colo was an awesome guide. Sandwiches and refreshments were good. Overall highly recommended.
Read more
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Christian, 5 star review was appreciated. Thanks for taking the time and know that all our guides are as awesome as Colo. Has taken 34 years to get an amazing crew not only in the field but the staff in general. Stay paddling and enjoying. Thanks again for making it possible to share this slice of paradise. A hui hou,
Read more
Good kayak and snorkel tour with animated hosts. The River kayak was the best part, some sandwiches and refreshments were provided.
Read more
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha Joe, Our guides are "animated animals"; easy enough to be when you are traversing the beautiful waters and scenery that surrounds our Hanalei Blue Lagoon river and bay paddle and snorkel tour. Glad you enjoyed it all and thanks for sharing. A hui hou and stay animated....but safe. A hui hou,
Read more
Our guides were humorous, laid back, and informative. The kayaking was calm, not strenuous, though not necessarily for beginners. The snorkeling was self-directed in the bay around a point, and though a little murky on our day out, was still a lot of fun. Overall a gorgeous
Read more
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide. at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha Cory, Glad you enjoyed our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel and that the guides made up for the murky waters. Yes...our guides are funny....like odd. Seriously at Kayak Kaua'i we believe you can be informed, safe and have fun at the same time; our guides and staff in general are the epitome of this credo. Stay paddling and snorkeling and especially laughing. Thanks for sharing and your kind words. A hui hou,
Read more
My wife and I were kind of not sure about this tour as it is close to our resort but it did not disappoint. The best part of the tour was all the very interesting information that we Learned, and not to mention the turtle.
Read more
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 4 weeks ago
Aloha Joshua, We feel our all our guides at Kayak Kaua'i should be conversant about all things Kaua'i/Hawaii, from the natural history, legends, lore to how it is to live in the islands, etc, Guides knowledge and focus on safety and fun should compliment the surrounding areas that we visit and traverse.. Glad you enjoyed and come back and enjoy our other tours and guides. Thanks again. A hui hou,
Read more
We had heard so much about Hanalei Bay that we decided to book the "Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour." Mike, our tour guide/naturalist, was extremely knowledgeable about the ecology, history, and environment of the Hanalei River and Bay. He really made the tour enjoyable!
Read more
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 5 weeks ago
Aloha Track, Thanks for your 3 star review on our Hanale Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. We do think a well informed guide who also keeps safety in mind compliments the beauty to be found, not only underwater but the striking panoramic scenery that surrounds the Hanalei area. After Na Pali coast Hanalei is considered one of the top visitor destination. You gave a fair description of the tour and sorry the snorkeling was not as good as it can be; surf and a muddy Hanalei River can at times, even during the summer, can at times conspire to obfuscate. As you learned when life gives you surf...and if you are a more intrepid paddler we can surf kayak. Glad you enjoyed the lunch as well. Thanks for taking time to share. A hui hou,
Read more
Key Details
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:
Travellers Also Viewed
Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
199 Reviews
from US$97.45*
Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua...
386 Reviews
from US$88.12*
Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai...
46 Reviews
from US$124.61*
Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike
15 Reviews
from US$114.14*
Frequently bought together
Kauai Luau and Sunset Dinner
80 Reviews
from US$103.44*
Kauai Ultimate Off-Road Ranch Tour
382 Reviews
from US$154.98*
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak...
228 Reviews
from US$59.00*
Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour
1,376 Reviews
from US$269.00*
Special Offer
Kauai's Ultimate South Island Zodiac...
8 Reviews
from US$102.11*
SeaFun Snorkel
77 Reviews
from US$89.01*
Special Offer
Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore...
7 Reviews
from US$71.18*
Special Offer
Kauai's Ultimate Group Surf Lesson
3 Reviews
from US$73.24*