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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

Kapaʻa, United States

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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
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.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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Traveler Tips

  • "Trail was muddy so make sure you wear water hiking shoes, like Merrell H20 Hiking shoes." See review
  • "It could be slightly better organised at the check in stage; a second person would be very helpful in unloading and loading the kayaks." See review


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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

Product code: 33098P1

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