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Top Hiking Trails on Kauai

Top Hiking Trails on Kauai

With trails leading to waterfalls, coastlines, cliffs, and rainforest, Kauai is a hiker’s paradise. Discover the best of Kauai’s natural wonders by following these trails: 

Kalalau Trail (Na Pali Coast Trail) - 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) one-way

The Kalalau Trail is Kauai’s most popular trail, and for good reason—it stretches along the Na Pali coastline, traverses steep cliffs and lush valleys, and provides dramatic coastal scenery at every turn. A permit is required to hike the full trail, but day hikers can enjoy a shorter route that leads to Hanakapiai Beach. 

 

Nounou East Mountain Trail (Sleeping Giant)—4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

Accessible from Wailua, the Nounou East Mountain Trail climbs through dense forest and across a ridgeline that resembles a Sleeping Giant. It culminates with views of Kauai’s east coast.

Kuilau Ridge Trail—4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

A former road, this trail is one of the easier hikes on the list, making it perfect for families. The trail takes you through lush eucalyptus forest and provides views of the Makaleha Mountains and Kauai’s interior. 

Ho’opi’i Falls Trail—4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

The short Ho’opi’i Falls hike leads to two waterfalls, the second of which you may recognize from the film Jurassic Park. The trail can get quite muddy and be difficult to follow in places, but traversing the dense rainforest terrain is quite the adventure. 

The Waimea Canyon Trail—3.4 miles round-trip (5.5 kilometers)

The Waimea Canyon Trail is the most popular trail in Waimea Canyon and leads hikers to Waipo’o Falls, an 800-foot (224-meter) cascading waterfall. The trail offers incredible views into Waimea Canyon and ocean views from the Kumuweka Lookout.

Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail—4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

One of the easier hikes on Kauai, the The Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail follows the coast from Shipwrecks Beach to the Makauwahi Caves, famed for their abundance of fossils. 

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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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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
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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
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