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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
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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.
Reviews (123)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome experience!

Had a blast doing this trip! We had an awesome guide and he shared a lot great information about Kauai and Wailua River. We also got great photos. Great experience all around!More

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

Aloha Mark, Thanks for taking the time to share. Glad you enjoyed our Wailua River paddle and hike to the Sacred/Secret Fall. Come back and enjoy our other tours that can take one snorkeling, hiking and sea kayaking All our guides are true characters and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best Activity of Trip

We took a wonderful trip full of mud, mud and mud as well as a beautiful waterfall. This trip is challenging if you are out of shape but still very enjoyable. The waterfall was stunning and worth navigating through the mud. Our guide, Josh, was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Wendymurry
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Wendy, Stumbled upon your review between opening up gifts this X'mas morning. Your kind words was a nice gift to start the day. Glad to hear that Josh continues to do a great job marshaling all abilities and do it safely while retaining the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful Afternoon Paddle and Hike

Our guide, T, was friendly and shared his knowledge of the plants, wildlife and history of the area. It made the trip more enjoyable. The paddle is pleasant and the hike through the woods is lovely but very muddy. We were ankle deep in mud...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Muddy, Fun & Picturesque

One of me and my wife’s favorite things to do on any of the islands. Our guide Dustin was that perfect blend of informative & funny. Yes, your shoes will get muddy. VERY muddy. You will live. Mud, being part water itself, washes off. But...More

Thank ericcJ7771KQ
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Eric, Thanks for your review and mentioning mud. Sure has been on the rainy side. Good part...with these rain, while it may make for mud, it sure primes the waterfall. Glad to hear you enjoyed Dustin; he is allot of fun and great to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mud and callousness

The tour was advertised as a 5.5 hour kayak trip, and some hiking to a waterfall where we could swim, with a small meal provided. While technically that's what we got, it was far from what was advertised. Expectation: an hour or so of kayaking,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank karenrP6580AN
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Karen, Mud…mud …everywhere? Thanks for taking time during the busy Holidays to share and warn folks about the mud and what to expect. We do on our www site advertise our Wailua River Sacred/Secret Falls Tour as a 5-hour tour depending on weather and...More

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Adam D
8 October 2018|
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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