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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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Kapaʻa, United States

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Explore Kauai's only navigable river with a guide
  • Great way to experience the Garden Isle's lush scenery by land and by water
  • Learn about the Wailua River's importance to ancient Hawaiians
  • Feast on a riverside picnic lunch
  • All kayaking equipment included
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Guided kayak tour
Kayak, life vest, paddle and dry bag
Bottled water
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Departure Point

4-484 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get an early start to make the most of the fresh tropical morning, and meet your guide at the launch point near the Wailua River, Kauai’s only navigable waterway. Get outfitted with a provided kayak, paddle, and life vest, and store your belongings in a dry bag before setting off on the gentle currents.

Soak up the verdant jungle scenery and views of volcanic peaks in the distance on a 2-mile (3.2-km) paddle upriver towards the north fork. Feel transported back in time as you pass by the traditional huts of Kamokila Village and hear tales of the native Hawaiian people who once lived around and traveled the river more than 1,500 years ago.

Take a break from paddling to explore the rain forest by foot on a moderate hike to the Ulewehi Waterfall, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the majestic falls cascading 120 feet (36 meters) down a mountain cliff. Recharge with a riverside picnic lunch of fresh and healthy island fare including vegetarian options before hopping back in your kayak for the return trip to the starting point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Trail conditions vary from super dry to very muddy depending on recent rain
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Hiking sandals like Tevas or Keens, water shoes or sneakers (your feet will get wet & muddy).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kayak Adventures, Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Excursion delivers on the hype
, Jun 2021
This excursion is not for the faint of heart or for someone with weak ankles but it was so worth it. It was an amazing experience. Gabe was a fantastic guide. Highly recommend.
Love the guides - Gabe and Nina.
, Jun 2021
Gabe and Nina were very knowledgeable and they were with us the whole time during the adventure. The 2 mile Kayak and 2mile hike and the end to Opeaka falls or Secret falls was really awesome and worth it. The lunch and beautiful pineapple 🍍 was delicious
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Aloha Jamon, Thanks so much for coming out with us on our reopening day! I am so glad you enjoyed your guide, Gabe and our guide-in-training, Nina. I am happy to hear all that hard work paid off to enjoy your lunch and swim at Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls).
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2021
Highly recommend this company. They were so nice and helpful from the moment we arrived. The guides did a great job explaining how to kayak. The trip down the river was so fun, and the hike and waterfall were just gorgeous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Yay! Thanks for coming out with us on our reopening day, Sarah! We are glad you enjoyed your guide, Gabe, along with our guide-in-training, Nina. Thanks for taking the time to post your review. All the best, Gayle
Great Trip
, Feb 2020
Wonderful experience with Matt as our guide! This was my first kayak trip. It was an easy trip, but we had one guy who wasn’t able to manage the muddy and slippery hike. So, the hike was more challenging than some expected!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Aloha Carlson, We are so happy that you had a wonderful experience with Matt as your guide! Yes, the terrain changes daily based on the amount of rain we receive in the Wailua Valley. We try our best to screen guests when they check in but definitely need to be in good shape to do this trip! Thanks again for your kind review.
Fantastic experience
Shellee H
, Dec 2019
The whole adventure was a blast. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging. He made sure we were all having fun!
Nice experience
, Nov 2019
Very nice experience. Worth going for it. Amazing scenery when both kayaking and hiking. It could be slightly better organised at the check in stage; a second person would be very helpful in unloading and loading the kayaks.
Awesome day!
, Jan 2019
We really enjoyed this tour. Kayaking up the river was easy, then a hike up to the gorgeous but cold falls. Trail was muddy so make sure you wear water hiking shoes, like Merrell H20 Hiking shoes. You could prob do it on your own, as its well marked, but you wont learn nearly as much as if you go with someone who hikes it regularly. Our tour guide, David, was quite a character. His dog Lilo went along with us, we loved her!!
Be aware
, Dec 2018
This tour may not be what you expect, The 2 mile kayak paddle each way to a landing was nothing special and then the 1-2 mile hike through the very muddy, slippery trail to the waterfall was not what I call fun as people slip and fall on the gooey, sticky MUD trail to eventually end up at a waterfall for a turkey sandwich and some pineapple only to turn around 45 min. Later to repeat the same..UGH

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