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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour provided by Duke's Kayak Adventures

Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

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US$ 59.00
2 adults
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Explore one of Kauai’s most sacred places on this Wailua River combo tour. A guide shares the river’s ancient history as you kayak through a tropical forest at a pace suitable for all experience levels. Then, disembark for a hike through the Wailua River Valley to reach the legendary Secret Falls, where you can cool off with a swim. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule.
  • Travel through the sacred Wailua River Valley by land and by water
  • Paddle up the river in a kayak; no experience necessary
  • Hike through a tropical landscape to reach a ‘secret’ waterfall
  • Guide shares the area's rich history and ancient legends
What to Expect
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and meet your guide in Kapa’a. After a short drive to the Wailua Marina, get a brief lesson in kayak safety and paddling techniques before beginning your journey 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometer) upriver. Along the way, learn about the river’s sacred history and the seven temples that once lined its banks. Park your kayak near the north fork and hike into the lush tropical landscape of the Wailua River Valley. After 45 minutes, reach beautiful Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. It's the perfect spot to cool off with a swim in natural pools before retracing your steps back to the marina.
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Important Information
Departure Point
3-4684 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • All activities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Use of backpack style dry bag
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Drinking water
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Additional Info
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We depart immediately after check-in so no late arrivals will be permitted
  • Not recommended for participants with recent back, knee or ankle injuries
  • No open wounds
  • Participants must be in good physical condition and able to hike approximately two miles through rocky, muddy and slippery terrain
  • Must wear shoes that are secure to your feet. No flip flops.
  • Please bring plenty of water.
  • Other recommended items to bring: swimsuits, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snacks, and a towel.
  • Ziploc bags should be used for cell phones or cameras that are not waterproof
  • No alcohol
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with recent knee, ankle or back injuries
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Tamera B wrote a review Mar 2020
Kaysville, Utah159 contributions58 helpful votes
A few days before our tour was scheduled, my husband took a bad fall and was unable to walk without assistance. We called to try to cancel the tour. They were unable to refund our money. Just want others to understand that even though TripAdvisor says that you can cancel
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Date of experience: February 2020
Alyssa A wrote a review Mar 2020
19 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I are decent kayakers so we thought this would be a fun activity. Brian was our guide and he did a fantastic job. Very interactive and full of songs and stories. The tandem kayaks took us a second to figure out, but we did not struggle as many other people did!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Bridget C wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
Bryan did a great job as our guide and gave us a wonderful experience! The River was so beautiful and swimming next to the waterfall was awesome! Would highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: March 2020
PatMedart wrote a review Mar 2020
East Troy, Wisconsin112 contributions31 helpful votes
What a fun adventure ! As others have said Brian is a great guide. Full of funny stories, songs and enthusiasm - Brian is so much better than the other guides we could hear explaining the sights. The other guides seemed to monotonously repeat the tour highlights but Brian made
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Date of experience: March 2020
60dberge23 wrote a review Mar 2020
Marana, Arizona5 contributions
Ok, my husband and I managed to turn a 1 mile kayak trip into 4 on the way to the hike by zigzagging from shore to shore. I would suggest discussing paddling techniques before if you have not done anything like this before. Maybe paddle length is what it is so you can't hit
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Duke's Kayak Adventures
Go for it!
Brian was the best tourguide for this amazing g adventure. Book the early morning tour to avoid the crowds....he re
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Dukes kayak water adventures
This is an active adventure that has much beauty along the way. Both the kayaking and hiking was excellent. There
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Good time
After not being in a kayak for months, northern indiana weather, it was great to get my paddle on. Beautiful land,
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Old, broken kayaks
Our group was outfitted and I was left solo. The "guide" told me as the kayak was put in the water "that some guy
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Really fun adventure
This is a fun trip but be prepared. You trudge through mud for a while. Bring shoes that tie. No crocs, no river sh
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Eileen D
I took part in this trip 3 years ago and broke my leg on the very slippery rocks on the mountainside. I thought it
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nice trip, could be made on your own
This is a nice trip, which consists of waiting for the guide to arrive from the previous trip, a ride to the marina
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Cristina A
An amazing experience!!
We have been in Kauai in September 18 for our honeymoon. Unfortunately we found that Na Pali Coast closed because o
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Awesome trip! Better pricing direct thru Dukes too!
Awesome trip! Brian was our guide and he was awesome! Funny guy that related well to our teens and little kids an
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Kayak, Hike then play under a waterfall
The day went perfectly with a great kayak on a gentle river, an easy but technical hike culminating in a beautiful
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Elijah M
Amazing experience
Bryan was an awesome guide and was very helpful. He told us many stories and funny ones, too. The waterfall that we
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Canceled by Duke
We couldn’t go. Although they expect a 48 hour cancelation for a refund, they told us at 8 pm The Night Before. Tha
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Gaylene B
we weren’t worth their time.
I would have posted pictures, but we didn't get any because we didn't get to go on our adventure. At 7 PM the night
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Beautiful Kayak Adventure
The water was flowing and it was work going upriver. But the views were stunning. It was fun to stop and jump off
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Karen V
What a fun day!
Had an absolute blast on our kayak and hike with Brian. He was fun and personable. The hike was slippery and a bit
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Key Details
  • Duke's Kayak Adventures, Wailua River State Park, and 1 more
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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