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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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Christian Wolfe wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions
My wife and I enjoyed this a lot! It was an awesome experience kayaking. Colo was an awesome guide. Sandwiches and refreshments were good. Overall highly recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 07 Nov 2019
Aloha Christian, 5 star review was appreciated. Thanks for taking the time and know that all our guides are as awesome as Colo. Has taken 34 years to get an amazing crew not only in the field but the staff in general. Stay paddling and enjoying. Thanks again for making it possible to share this slice of paradise. A hui hou,
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Joe wrote a review Oct 2019
1 contribution
Good kayak and snorkel tour with animated hosts. The River kayak was the best part, some sandwiches and refreshments were provided.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 20 Oct 2019
Aloha Joe, Our guides are "animated animals"; easy enough to be when you are traversing the beautiful waters and scenery that surrounds our Hanalei Blue Lagoon river and bay paddle and snorkel tour. Glad you enjoyed it all and thanks for sharing. A hui hou and stay animated....but safe. A hui hou,
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Coryxpdx wrote a review Oct 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Our guides were humorous, laid back, and informative. The kayaking was calm, not strenuous, though not necessarily for beginners. The snorkeling was self-directed in the bay around a point, and though a little murky on our day out, was still a lot of fun. Overall a gorgeous
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Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide. at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Aloha Cory, Glad you enjoyed our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel and that the guides made up for the murky waters. Yes...our guides are funny....like odd. Seriously at Kayak Kaua'i we believe you can be informed, safe and have fun at the same time; our guides and staff in general are the epitome of this credo. Stay paddling and snorkeling and especially laughing. Thanks for sharing and your kind words. A hui hou,
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Joshua R wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I were kind of not sure about this tour as it is close to our resort but it did not disappoint. The best part of the tour was all the very interesting information that we Learned, and not to mention the turtle.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 18 Oct 2019
Aloha Joshua, We feel our all our guides at Kayak Kaua'i should be conversant about all things Kaua'i/Hawaii, from the natural history, legends, lore to how it is to live in the islands, etc, Guides knowledge and focus on safety and fun should compliment the surrounding areas that we visit and traverse.. Glad you enjoyed and come back and enjoy our other tours and guides. Thanks again. A hui hou,
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track37 wrote a review Oct 2019
23 contributions21 helpful votes
We had heard so much about Hanalei Bay that we decided to book the "Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour." Mike, our tour guide/naturalist, was extremely knowledgeable about the ecology, history, and environment of the Hanalei River and Bay. He really made the tour enjoyable!
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Responded 11 Oct 2019
Aloha Track, Thanks for your 3 star review on our Hanale Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. We do think a well informed guide who also keeps safety in mind compliments the beauty to be found, not only underwater but the striking panoramic scenery that surrounds the Hanalei area. After Na Pali coast Hanalei is considered one of the top visitor destination. You gave a fair description of the tour and sorry the snorkeling was not as good as it can be; surf and a muddy Hanalei River can at times, even during the summer, can at times conspire to obfuscate. As you learned when life gives you surf...and if you are a more intrepid paddler we can surf kayak. Glad you enjoyed the lunch as well. Thanks for taking time to share. A hui hou,
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About the operator
By: Kayak Kaua'i
Josh F.
Great Day
We had such a beautiful day kayaking and walking to the waterfall. Tyler was an excellent guide, and was so
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Jason B
Toronto, Canada
Very Enjoyable Paddle, Guide Jay was Great!
We really enjoyed our paddle up the river. It's a beautiful area, very lush, and some rare bird sightings along
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Nasty Day but Worth the Effort
My wife and I took the afternoon Kayak and Hiking adventure to Secret Falls last Saturday, even though the
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Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Perfect day!
Had a great time with Tyler and some new friends on this paddle/hike . Very muddy slippery trail. Waterfall was
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Winnipeg, Canada
Kauai 2020
We had so much fun on this kayak/hike. Dustin was a great guide sharing many stories/history/culture. Highly
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Fun adventure to beautiful waterfall
Mike was our tour guide for this paddle/hike and he was great. Excellent kayaking tips, great stories, and really
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
Kauai 2020
Tyler is an awesome Guide. The weather was beautiful. The Kayaking was great. The Hiking was good and challenging
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Exciting adventure !!!
We had read many reviews and were hesitant about the knee deep mud. As it turned out, not every day is muddy and
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Traverse City, Michigan
Great time!
We did the Wailua River kayak and Secret Falls hike. Justice was our guide. He did a super job! We loved every
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Calvin B
Ottawa, Canada
Wonderful tour ... except for the drone!
Dustin provided us with an informative description of Hawai'i and Kaua'i culture and the sacred history, and
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Key Details
  • Hanalei River, Hanalei Bay, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4h 30m
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