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Wailua River

Highway 56, Wailua, Hawaii, 96746

The Basics

The best way to soak in the natural beauty of the Wailua River is from the water itself, and there are several options to do so. Many travelers paddle the waters by kayak; these trips often include a short hike to a waterfall for swimming. It’s also possible to explore by stand-up paddleboard or outrigger canoe. More comprehensive island tours sometimes include an open-air boat trip along the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, a spectacular lava rock cave surrounded by draping ferns. Those traveling by car can follow the north side of the river along Kuamoo Road (Highway 580).

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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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$94.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Tour with guide Brian.
My wife and I had a great time on this tour. Brian was an epic tour guide. Animals would literally run/swim/fly up to him along the way. Unbelievable.
Samuel_S, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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Brian was very...
Laura_E, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Brian was very entertaining and a Kauai encylopedia. The hike was fun and challenging but worth the rewards. Have you stood behind a waterfall in a rain forest?
star-5
Must do!
Jessica_S, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Brian was a great guide. Lots of fun! Kayak was great, a bit challenging on the way back, but still doable! The hike was awesome and the waterfall was amazing!
star-5
Wailua wonderland
Tamara_J, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Awesome time taking in the scenery and meeting new people. Rob was great and provided history and education on local flora and fauna. The waterfall was breathtaking. Time flew by so fast.
star-5
Great adventure
Scott_Z, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Tour guide Brian was great. Great workout too and just spectacular water fall was a great morning and well woth it
star-5
Wonderful adventure.
Nicole_C, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Amazing adventure with an awesome guide. The scenery was beautiful. Definitely worth it. Thank you!!
star-5
Enchanting, ridiculously beautiful, far from boring!!!
Christo_V, Nov 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Rob, our guide, started our adventure with an early morning text prior to arrival. We were welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm. We embarked on the river with a thorough briefing. The hike to the falls was so informative to fauna, flora, history - all loaded with enthusiasm. The hike was breath taking, the falls were picturesque and swimming to them was the highlight. Wonderful guide, tons of fun for a family of 4 and will most definitely go again!
star-5
Beautiful - Even in the Rain!
LINDA_C, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
The most memorable part was that it rained the entire time! I loved it! The sound of the rain on the tree canopy was beautiful and the hike was amazing!
star-5
Unforgettable Experience
Joshua_K, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Our guide Brian was amazing, swimming in the waterfall after a great hike was unforgettable. We learned about plants, Kauai history and thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking.
star-5
Best tour in Kauai.
JulianneWirtjes, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Best tour of our trip. Brian was our tour guide and did a wonderful job. Lots of stories and introduced us to his bird friends along the way. He took great pictures of all of us and shared them at the end of the tour. The falls were incredible. Very memorable day!! Highly recommended!
star-5
Incredible experience....
Kelly_H, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Incredible experience. Our guide Brian was extremely helpful, funny and informative. Highly recommend this tour.
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Extraordinary
Maria_T, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
The tour guide, Joaquin, had excellent knowledge of the plant life and historical facts of the area. It was very refreshing to interact with a Spanish speaking guide. Mahalo.
star-5
Duke kayaking
Pam_V, Oct 2021
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
Rob, was the best guide I have had on any excursions.. He was very mindful of the entire group…………… Done

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Wailua River offers outdoor recreation for a broad range of travelers.

  • Don’t forget to bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat, as not all portions of the river are shaded.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • All state park facilities are ADA accessible.

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How to Get There

The Wailua River enters the ocean on the island’s east coast, near the settlement of Wailua. Most visitors get to the river as part of a guided tour with included transportation from Kauai hotels.

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When to Get There

The best time for outdoor adventure in Kauai is in fall (September to November) and spring (April to June) when the weather is at its best. Expect frequent showers during the winter peak season (December to March).

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Cultural Significance of the Wailua River

The Wailua River is more than just a natural wonder. To ancient Hawaiians, it was considered one of the most sacred places on Kauai. At one time, seven differentheiau (temples) dotted its shores. Visitors can learn more at the Wailua Complex of Heiau, a National Historic Landmark and former hub of chiefly power.

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