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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

Kapaʻa, United States

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


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.
  • Paddle down Kauai's only navigable river and weave through the verdant greenery
  • Hike through the dense forest and arrive at a secluded waterfall
  • Swim in the cool, pristine waters at the base of the waterfall
  • The early Polynesian culture is represented here, steeped in a colorful past, rich with rock-wall terracing, legends and lore.
The Wailua River is considered sacred by native Hawaiians and passes through the site of seven ancient temples along its Experience Kauai’s sacred Wailua River by land and by water on this combo hiking and kayaking tour that’s easy enough even for beginners. A state-certified guide shows you the best of both worlds, including a tandem kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Learning about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure. course. Experience the river’s beauty and serenity with this guided half-day tour. Hop into a double kayak with a partner, and then follow your guide as you paddle down the gentle river. Soak up the lush surrounding landscape as you learn about the native flora and fauna and sacred history of the river.

After about 45 minutes of paddling, disembark on the riverbank for a 1-mile (1.6-km) guided nature hike through the tropical forest. You’ll reach a waterfall where a 200-foot (60-meter) cascade empties into a natural pool below. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the clear waters, and soak up the lush island scenery. Enjoy a provided picnic lunch in the midst of these peaceful surroundings.
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What is the maximum group size during Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Highly Recommend this all-day adventure!
, Apr 2020
Such a fun experience and I loved our guide, a Kauai local with so much knowledge of the legends and lore of the island. The kayaking was a nice, slow pace and the muddy hike was fun, although slippery! Swimming under the waterfall was a highlight of the day for me.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Aloha Leigh, Seems a long time ago...we were operational and offering your Wailua River Sacred/Secret Falls tour. Glad you enjoyed not only the scenery and "mud" but your guide as well. In my opinion, a guide enhance the best of tours and our pantheon of guides are testaments to this fact. Thanks for taking the time to share and before you know it we all will back to our respective routines and sharing our aloha with all. Stay safe and well. A hui hou,
Great activity
, Mar 2020
Very nice tour guide. The kayak and hike were amazing! The lunch they provided was good as well. I would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Gmp, Glad to hear you enjoyed our Wailua River paddle and hike to the Sacred/Secret Falls. We try to make the lunches as "delicious" as the scenery you traverse. Come back and let us show you other hot spots of beauty on our small island of Kaua'i on our paddle, hike and snorkel tours. A hui hou and thanks for your kind words. Micco
A fun day
, Mar 2020
Had a lot of fun. We had never kayaked and the guide Eric was very patient with us. The trail was quite muddy in places but nothing too serious. Loved the waterfall at the end. Fabulous sandwiches!
Great experience
, Mar 2020
Great trip and guide was excellent!!!! Overall trip was well with it. We would definitely recommend this to others
, Mar 2020
This is as good as it gets when it comes to outdoor adventures! Our guide was amazing and kind, while also educating us along the way. It was approximately four hours round-trip (we definitely were speedy with our smaller & fit group) kayaking five total miles and hiking approximately three miles with a 45min stop at the waterfall! For the price, this experience is far beyond worth it. They could charge 3-4x what they are and it would still be worth it. They provide a dry pack, water/drinks, and lunch that was beyond our expectations! TIPS: - Wear water shoes instead of hiking boots or shoes as there are several river crossings! - Bring cash to tip your guide! - Be prepared for lots of physical activity!
Great trip
, Feb 2020
Our guide Jay was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the plants and birds. The river kayak was great. We were lucky that it wasn't too muddy on the hiking trail. The waterfall was amazing and cold!! Make sure to wear footwear with good traction.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Aloha Aaron, Thanks for taking the time to share what a great time you had with your guide with Jay on your Wailua River paddle and hike to the Sacred/Secret Falls. Also you recommendation of sturdy footwear is appreciated. And yes...the water can be cold, what I call "cloud temperature"....from the falling rains. Stay active and thanks again to let us know that Jay continues to give 100%. A hui hou, Micco
Kayak and hike to Secret Falls
, Feb 2020
Awesome trip! Highly suggest to wear nonslip shoes and use the walking stick that they offer you! If unsure of your health to make a 2 mile hike in the mud you might not want to go on this trip! We had an elderly gentleman that could not make it into the falls he sat and waited for us to return, our amazing guide Jay left him with food and water and the other guides as they passed through, to check on him and then assisted him back to the kayak and paddled him to home base! Our trip and our guide were amazing! If you hike to secret Falls be prepared to go in and under the falls, it is well worth it! Highly recommended kayak and secret Falls hike trip! Jay was amazing!! 🤟
Great Day
, Feb 2020
Mike the guide was excellent. We had a great kayaking trip and the hike to waterfall was quite muddy but very enjoyable.
Unusual situation.
, Oct 2019
My friend and I checked in and found ourselves with a group of 10 friend/family. We were told this was an unusually large group, but we were ok with it, even though we felt a bit out of place and kind of like we were on our own. Our guide immediately told us he was a new dad..he had a 16 month old. It seemed like he was already fishing for his tip. The kayak part was fun and we got to the hiking part and were told to grab a hiking stick. My friend and I are avid hikers. Me in Colorado and her in Montana and didn't immediately get one, but the trail was s muddy that the mud was covering our shoes, and slick. The kids and some elderly folks in our tour kept falling. Long story short, a man in the group was behind me, slipped, hit his head on a rock, and pretty much died instantly from a head injury, I called the guide to help turn him over. The guide started doing CPR 2x faster than required, I was asking to help do the breaths and he YELLED at me that you don't do that anymore, I informed him that only one person CPR is no breaths, If you have 2 people, it's 30 compressions and 2 breaths. A nurse came up and confirmed and also told him to do his compressions to the beat of the song, Staying Alive. He, again, yelled that he was certified and you didn't breath, A dr came and took a pulse and confirmed that he had none. The guide kept doing compressions wrong and finally became tired and let us help. My fried waded into the rushing water to try to get a signal and call 911, They were asking her if they could land a helicopter, where exactly we were, etc, She was a tourist and had no idea, They were constantly calling her back for updates. Another dr came and took over. He got the guide and another guy to help him with compressions and I helped with the breathing for 45 minutes,. The man wa eventually pronounced dead, The guide had no CPR skills, no pocket mask, and no phone to get a signal. After everything, my friend and I composed ourselves and realize everyone had left us. We hiked down alone, kyaked back alone (and witnessed the rescue boat passing us with the uncovered body on the bow) and were met on the dock by a worker who took our boat, The lady running the place was in shock and offered us 1/2 of a refund. I told her what we went through and she did give us our money back, soap to clean up as I was covered head to toe in mud, a towel and eventually told us to go to a local restaurant and covered our tab.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Aloha Libby, Thanks for your review on your Sacred Falls paddle and hike to the Uluwehi Falls. We limit tours to 12 paddlers/hikers and one guide. After 34 years of offering this and other tours, this is the first time we have had someone mortally injure themselves in the field. CPR/Ist Aid has evolved over time and may have led to confusion on the trail. All our guides have CPR/Ist aid and Life Saving training credentials. As you can imagine the family and staff at Kayak Kaua'i remain grieving over this unfortunate event. Clients are supposed to leave with fond memories and not an experience as you described. Stay well and safe and thanks for sharing. A hui hou,
Awesome adventure
, Sep 2019
The kayaking and ( very muddy) hike was challenging, but well worth it, arriving a the beautiful jungle waterfall. Our guide was kind, knowledgeable ans always kept us safe.

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