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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

  • Explore the Wailua River, one of Kauai’s most sacred places
  • Kayak and hike through a tropical landscape for two different perspectives
  • Follow a guide to a remote waterfall for an off-the-grid experience
Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
From US$88,59
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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 safely leads you through the trip’s two legs: a kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Guide commentary about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure.
What to Expect
Considered one of the most sacred places on the island of Kauai, the Wailua River winds 20 miles (32 kilometers) through a lush landscape and past the sites of seven ancient temples. Make your way to the river launch point in Kapa’a and climb into a double, sit-on-top kayak. If you've never kayaked before, your certified guide will provide instruction.

Learn about the Wailua's history and tropical ecosystem from your guide as you paddle for about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. Disembark for a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) hike through the tropical forest, observing native plant and animal species.

Stop at a gorgeous waterfall splashing into a natural pool from 200 feet (60 meters) above. Cool off with a swim here if you like, and recharge with a picnic lunch. A driver will be waiting to pick you up near Hanalei Bay to transfer you back to the starting point.
Reviews (111)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Kayak and Hiking Adventure

Had an amazing time with our guide Ricky Harman. He was super knowledgeable and energetic. Best guide we’ve had on Kauai. Thanks again Ricky for a great time!

1  Thank browndoug11
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Brown Doug, Glad to hear Ricky is doing as good a job as our guides do on our paddle, hiking and snorkeling tours. Glitch is that he is not in our employ. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco

Reviewed 1 week ago
Super fun adventure - embrace the mud - it's worth the reward!

We had an absolute blast! First - we were greeted by Pearl who checked us in with the biggest smile - her personality rocks! Next we met Josh our guide - who was fantastic! We did this adventure on Tuesday October 2nd - we had...More

1  Thank Dani S
Micco_Godinez, Head Guides at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Dani, That could be our new motto for our Wailua Sacred Falls tour: Embrace the mud! Pearl has been a recent addition to staff and is great to work with her enthusiastic personality and true aloha. Glad to know Josh continues to exceed expectations....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
CAUTION - Company does not set expectation.

First, this is a very nice concept, kayak to a hidden waterfall. The idea of this sounds so great and we where excited over the potential. The problem is, the company does a very poor job from what we found explaining the level of this...More

1  Thank Maps618313
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Maps, Thanks to you and others, for helping us get the word out that the trail to the falls can be muddy. If you read some of the past Trip Advisor comments you can see were others have been challenged by the mud which...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing day!

My 22 year old daughter and I did the Secret/Sacred Falls kayak/hike trip - it was awesome! The kayak ride was great, then we beached the kayaks and began the hike. "Embrace the mud!" The provided walking stick was a huge help. The reward was...More

Thank Traci D
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Traci, Loved your review...especially your word smithing, i.e. "embrace the mud". As you learned, the more mud there is the more impressive the falls will be. We use double kayaks because of State requirement + it insures a stronger group if anyone get's tired...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great morning adventure with josh and doc

Josh and Doc took us on the kayak/hike to the secret falls. They were friendly and knowledgeable and took time to make sure we were all safe. Lunch was included and was yummy, sandwich (GF catered for - yay), chips, cold drinks, biscuits etc. Highly...More

1  Thank Robyn H
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Robyn, Thanks for letting us know that Josh continues to do a good job. Doc was training, is a recent addition to the pantheon of great guides at Kayak Kaua'i, each offering their unique brand of guiding and play while keeping all safe The...More

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Adam D
8 October 2018|
Response from PhantomGhost5762 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, most of the kayaks on my tour were doubles and there were about 7-8. When booking ask for Tyler he was an amazing tour guide
10 July 2018|
Response from mbaur95081 |
You can go on your own, but I highly recommend Kayak Wailua. We took the guided kayak & hike to Secret Falls with Brandon and it was hands down the highlight of our 8 day stay on Kauai. More than worth the price.
Anna V
5 July 2018|
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Response from SusanBenson | Reviewed this property |
A very easy hike I felt. It had rained before we went so there were places that were muddy and a bit slippery, but nothing to treacherous by any means. We met all types of people on the trail, so very doable by just about... More
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