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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour provided by Kayak Kaua'i

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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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Paddle and swim through some of Kauai's most recognizable scenery on a combo kayak and snorkel tour of Hanalei Bay. Put aside navigation worries as your guide leads the way down the Hanalei River and into the bay and sets up a picnic lunch with views of Makana Peak. In addition to kayaking, don a snorkeling mask to explore the vibrant marine life of the Bay Reef Lagoon.
  • Experience both kayaking and snorkeling on this Kauai combo tour
  • Paddle down Hanalei River and through Hanalei Bay
  • Look for sea turtles and fish while snorkeling in Bay Reef Lagoon
  • Includes light picnic lunch on the shores of the famous bay
What to Expect
Meet your guide in Kapaa and head to the launch point on the Hanalei River, where you learn basic paddling techniques and launch onto the river with a partner in a double kayak. Make your way downriver at a leisurely pace, passing through lush tropical forest and open taro fields. Spill out into crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, and disembark on the shores for a rest and light sandwich lunch while enjoying views of Makana Peak, also known as the fictional Bali Hai from the 1958 movie South Pacific. Once recharged, use provided snorkeling equipment to explore the coral gardens of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to colorful fish and even sea turtles. Climb back in your kayak and try riding the mellow bay waves if you like before paddling to the end point, where a driver waits to take you back to your original departure point in Kapaa.
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Important Information
Departure Point
3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • State-certified guide (s) trained in water safety
  • Personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Tandem (double) kayak
  • Snorkel gear
  • Water-resistant bag
  • Tropical juices and bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring the following items: sun protection, light shirt, bathing suit, footwear for the beach (tabis, aqua socks or tennis shoes), towel and change of clothes
  • Please include your choice of lunch: Ham, Turkey, Salami, Roast Beef, or Veggie Sandwich
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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emspencer2016 wrote a review Sep 2019
Nashville, Tennessee13 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I really enjoyed our time with our guides. I had mentioned to my husband I would like to learn more about the history and cultures of Hawaii and these guides taught us all we wanted to know and answered all of our questions with enthusiasm. You could tell they
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 25 Sep 2019
Aloha Emspencer, Thanks for making folks aware that our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel can be a "wee bit" more challenging than some of our other tours. We do try make clients aware of the plight of our reefs and to respect the reefs by using/selling non toxic sun bloc + not walking on our struggling Hawaiian reef. We have a mix of guides from locals to other nationalties who all are good water folks who combine a true love for what they do while imparting their particular brand of aloha coupled with fun while at the same time keeping it all safe. Thanks for sharing...and come back and enjoy our "motley" crew of guides....all of them classic individuals; true characters in their own right. A hui hou,
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steph wrote a review Sep 2019
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kayaking is very doable but prob not for people out of shape as it is on longer side our guide was great and very informative
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide. at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 23 Sep 2019
Aloha Gulahannah, Especially in the summer the Hanalei Blue Lagoon can offer some great snorkeling off Hideaway Bech. Off season we snorkel of Pu'u Roa. Glad you enjoyed. Yes...we market this tour for the more active family or friends. Stay paddling and thanks for sharing. Micco
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Edna wrote a review Sep 2019
Bakersfield, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Guides Mike & Kamo were great! Me and my 3 nieces had a blast. Snorkeling at hideaways beach was awesome! We got to swim with a turtle! This was the BEST part if our trip! Highly recommend!
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Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 16 Sep 2019
Aloha Edna, Slowly the word is getting out what a great tours is our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. Complimenting the beautiful back ground that surrounds Hanalei Bay is some fun interaction at times with turtles and colorful fish. Summer is prime time but this tour can be fun all year. Glad that guides Mike and Kamu were the "icing on the cake" and made it fun and safe for you and your nieces. Thanks for the recommendation. A hui hou,
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Paul V wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Great guides, very nice lunch and beautiful tour! We had a great time and learned a lot too, about the area, about the Island and about how to kayak on the ocean.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 10 Sep 2019
Aloha Paul, Assuming you went on our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle & snorkel. Goes to say you can have fun and learn some things along the way. Glad you enjoyed the guides, lunch and the beauty we celebrate that is Hanalei Bay, River and environs. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou,
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Megan C wrote a review Sep 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
this was a fun trip and a really cool experience. but if you want to go, first things first, bring someone you know you will not get mad at, no matter what they do. like, couples should not bring their significant others because this trip will make you break up. my sister and i
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Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 06 Sep 2019
Aloha Megan, Your review of our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel brought a chuckle. For years we have joked, "families that paddle together...pray together" or that with paddling spouses/friends/lovers, a paddle may make or break a relationship. Hope you two have "buried the paddle with the hatchet" and perhaps found a more neutral venue to share and to bond over with your sister. Sisters are special. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou,
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Key Details
  • Hanalei River, Hanalei Bay, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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