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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.
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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.
  • 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
  • No need to pack lunch, as a delicious picnic is provided
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Awesome experience!

We loved every second of this tour!! Getting ready was easy, the river kayaking was super gentle which made it so much fun and the hike was not too bad. I will say we are of average fit and spots of the hike could be...More

Thank Jessica T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun trip - be prepared for work!

We originally booked the 6 hour version of this trip with hike to the Sacred Falls, but due to very heavy rains, the trail was closed. So, we rebooked with what was available - a 2 hour kayak only tour instead. Our family with two...More

Thank Courtney M C
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aloha Courtney, When the weather throws us "lemons" we try to make lemonade. Glad you enjoyed your abbreviated tour of the Wailua River. In those instances when rain can make the trail and stream crossing to the Falls dicey, often enough the main water way...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Better then expected

2 miles up the river on double kayaks at your own speed. Beautiful and calm water way. About 1 -2 mile hike up to waterfall for lunch and a swim. The waterfall was awesome. Lunch was excellent. Our guide Zack stopped us many times along...More

Thank Gretchen G
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Gretchen, Glad to hear that Zack is doing a great job. Unfortunately Zach does not work at Kayak Kaua'i. Good to know Zach is doing a good as do most of the guides who ply the Wailua River on the way to the Sacred/Secret...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fun, But WORK!!

My family and I did the Kayak and Hike adventure. It was really a lot of fun, but not sure this is for anyone. Positives from this excursion was getting out on the water and hiking to a 150FT water fall, where you can swim...More

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

Aloha Kipewing, One reason we insist on double kayaks on this tour is that it breaks up the effort and makes the 45 minute paddle each way..."easier". Been a rainy summer and the trail remains on the soggy side, but which does prime the waterfall....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Find top professionals at KAYAK WAILUA CO.

All the companies have similar names. Be sure that you choose the one that is off the beaten track, KAYAK WILUA on Haleilio Road, Kapaa, which we found to be the most reliable and professional. We are new residents here and dreamed of kayaking the...More

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

Aloha Carole, Nice to know that Kayak Wailua is doing a good job. We are Kayak Kaua'i and flattered you got us mixed us mixed up with them. If truth be told most of the companies on the Wailua River do an excellent job and...More

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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.
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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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