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As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is known for its rugged natural scenery and lush greenery from heavy rainfall. It also has Hawaii’s most navigable rivers, and thus offers the state's best kayaking. Here are the best kayak tour options on the island.

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  • Paddle down the Wailua River on a guided kayaking tour, surrounded by tropical rain forest, stopping at tall waterfalls (such as Uluwehi or Secret Falls) and natural pools along the way.
  • Take a sea kayak to the open waters to see the stunning Na Pali Coast or access hard-to-reach coastal spots near Poipu on the south shore.
  • Take a river kayak down the Hanalei River to reach Hanalei Bay, home to some of the most beautiful waters and sea life on Kauai's north shore, including Hawaiian sea turtles.
  • Add a hiking tour or snorkel tour to your kayak adventure. The Huleia River is a great place to combine a few activities and learn about the history and culture of Kauai. If river kayaking is not your thing, you can also take in the sights from a motorized canoe.
  • Participate in a variety of outdoor activities on land, river, or sea with a knowledgeable guide.
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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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$125.00
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$125.00

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

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This is a Kayaking/Hiking adventure for you and your family. We go at our own pace, we are able to explore all that the river has to offer like true secret falls. If the weather and conditions permits there are more places to explore. Your guide is a naturalist and photographer, so you will have someone with you capturing all your precious memories. With this reservation you will receive 5 free photos, possibly more if you write a review about your experience in a timely manner, then you will have a link sent to you where you can have access to all the photos from the shoot for a small fee per photos..Please remember to bring good shoes for hiking like water shoes, slippers will not work! For those who love photos and NO crowds, please consider our special photographic adventure tour down the river at 3:30. We will have the whole beautiful location to ourselves, which will make for a beautiful photographic experience. All the pictures for the 3:30 group will be perfect and free!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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$139.00

Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch
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Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

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Rainbow Kayak Tours has been providing guided tours of the Wailua River for 20 years. Our experienced guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the history of this incredible place.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.21
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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.21
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$113.21

Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour

Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.99
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

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Avoid crowds and embark on a Kauai snorkeling tour that limits group size to six people. Head for Kauai’s pristine south shore reefs to see tropical fish, sea urchins, and sea mammals. You may also see a turtle nesting on the beach or a Hawaiian monk seal basking in the sun.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.71
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$101.71

Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$183.35
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

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Explore the dramatic cliffs and crystalline waters of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on a half-day snorkeling adventure. Cruise along the spectacular coastline aboard a motorized raft, stopping to splash into the clear waters and snorkel among native marine life at one of Kauai’s best coral reefs. Traveling by raft allows the flexibility to navigate the rugged sea caves and waterfalls that dot the spectacular Na Pali shoreline. A deli lunch and beverages are included on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.20
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour

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Get up close and personal with the spectacular scenery of Hanalei Bay—and enjoy an active way to explore—on this two-in-one, half-day tour. Begin with a kayaking trip along the Hanalei River before heading onto the Bay to soak up the scenery, spy sea turtles, and more. Then, swap your kayak for a snorkel for an underwater nature expedition. Finally, unwind with lunch on the beach.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.41
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Wailua River Paddle

Wailua River Paddle

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A Safe and Tranquil Taste of the Wailua River This three-hour guided tour is a wonderful paddling adventure for the whole family, idyllic paddling on the Wailua River Great panoramic scenery with the landscape and natural history genuinely and safely explained by your water borne guide. The Wailua River became the center of activity for early Hawaiians and is known as one of Hawaii’s two most sacred places. At night, it is said that one can still hear ancient drums thunder in concert with the nearby surf. This tour is perfect for those who want a “taste” of this wonderful river.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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$95.00

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

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Kayak, hike and canoe through the heart of Kauai’s lush jungles on a 4.5-hour adventure to Hidden Valley Falls. Paddle past trailing vines and enjoy sweeping views of the Haupu Mountains as you explore the Hule’ia River by kayak, then follow a shady .75-mile (1.2-km) forest trail to a backcountry waterfall. Cool off in a swimming hole beneath the falls, listen to the jungle chorus of tropical birds, then board a motorized, twin-hulled Hawaiian canoe to retrace your path down the tranquil Hule’ia.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.61
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.14
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Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

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Some of Kauai's best places to paddleboard are known only to locals, but you can get in on the secret with this stand-up paddeboard lesson and tour. Your guide will hand pick a spot based on the group's abilities and lead you through the lush jungle, past waterfalls and sacred Hawaiian sites, to a river where you can practice your new skills. Plus, get five professionally edited digital photos of yourself in action to remember the experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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$169.00

Sea Kayak Whale Watching

Sea Kayak Whale Watching

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From Po'ipu, winter paddle and snorkel, the same canoe paths of old taken by early Polynesians and whaling captains.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.00
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$230.00

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What people are saying about Kayaking in Kauai

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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure
"This was such fun adventure! The Kayaking was great, the hike (more like a trek to the waterfall) was amazing and our tour guide Mike was so knowledgeable about the plants, animals, and history of Kauai. Loved it, definitely do this tour!!"..."
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Kayaking and Adventure Tour
"Really fun time! Our guide, Jeremy, was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. Totally worth the hike to see the waterfall!"..."
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Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch
"Met and exceeded our expectations! Maverick our tour guide was amazing! He knew everyone’s names instantly, made sure to get to know each member of the tour, and shared much Hawaiian knowledge! Would highly recommend this excursion!"..."
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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River
"Really enjoyed the scenery, the river, the hike, waterfall, and our tour guide Gabriel was great. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and very competent."..."
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Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour
"Loved the stories about living in Hawaii that our guide shared about the legends , the native species and different parts of island"..."
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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour
"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."..."
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure
"All the colorful fish. Very helpful with our 9 year old daughter for her first snorkel experience. Thank you"..."
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour
"Great navigation of the swells of the wild coast of Napali. Capt. Glenn and crew know what they're doing. Excellent sail up the coast, spotted some blue whales and dolphins. Food was decent, drink service was excellent. Crew kept coming around making sure we were well fed and hydrated."..."
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel
"I was so impressed with Kauai Sea Tours as a tour group and a huge shout out to our captains Drake and CJ. My boyfriend and I didn't know what to expect, but we were so surprised with the scenery and entertainment along the way. They went over and beyond to give us the experience of a lifetime."..."
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
"Our guide Kolo was excellent! Definitely highly recommend to anyone coming to Hanalei. We had a great time with him!"..."
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Wailua River Paddle
"The paddle was amazing. Logan is the best guide. Viator provided the wrong meet up point and caused us to be late. Luckily the paddle people so very accommodating and friendly!"..."
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Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure
"We had a great time on this tour! I really need to tell you how great Ari, Kelly and Julio are! They really make the trip fun. Bring bug spray and hiking shoes. Love the kayaking. Thank you Ari for your help, I would have had a hard time with out you|Terry Grandma"..."
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike
"This paddle/hike was a super experience for both myself and my wife. We had the most amazing tour guides. Hawaiian Brian was so knowledgeable about the land, language and culture; we loved hearing all about it and learned to appreciate the land we were using. He was also generous with offering to take pretty great photos of each group in our party. Ross the Boss was attentive to all in our party and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know what we were passionate about and connecting with each of us. He shared stories about the islands, shared info and points of interest along our drive, discussed other great hiking trails on the Islands and told lots of dad jokes. This experience was a fairly easy paddle and hike to a great waterfall/pool; I’d recommend it to everybody. There was plenty of water provided and the packed lunch was delicious and plentiful. The timing of the whole experience was perfect to allow our group ample time at the waterfall without being over crowded! ** We hope Hawaiian Brian was able to recover his phone. 🤞🏼"..."
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Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos
"Amazing tour! Amazing guide leader and overall best part of my trip!!! The hike was not aggressive at all and the waterfall was amazing! Recommend for anyone all ages!!! Must do!"..."
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Sea Kayak Whale Watching
"Excellent guides (Web and Dan) who were professional yet very fun and dynamic. The primary tour guide was insanely knowledgeable and has been at this for a long time. As described in the details this is an active paddle. Conditions change quickly but you're rewarded with great views, an awesome private beach lunch spot and what feels like an ocean to yourself. In the winter the conditions are a bit different and they launch at Poipo and end at Port Allen. I would trust them any time of year and anywhere they told us to go."..."

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