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  • Location: Kauai, Hawaii
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
For a fun kayaking Kauai activity, paddle tandem kayaks along the Hule'ia River and travel deep into the heart of the Kauai island jungle. Then, go Kauai hiking on a 3/4-mile (1.2km) trek up the valley to an enchanting area of waterfalls and swimming holes. On the way back, be picked up in a twin-hulled powered Hawaiian canoe for the return trip!

Highlights

  • Kayak and hike adventure on the Hule'ia River
  • Short scenic hike through tropical rainforest
  • Visit waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Kayak through Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge
  • Powered canoe ride
  • Learn about the natural history of Kauai
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Close encounters with birds and aquatic life
  • Picnic lunch (if option selected)
  • Snacks and beverages

What You Can Expect

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

Enjoy the hidden valley falls at the end of your tour

On this 2 mile (3.2km) kayaking Kauai adventure, you'll travel through the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge, a place for the preservation of endangered Hawaiian water birds. You'll paddle past the living archaeological site of Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond, and get a taste of the ancient people's fishing and aquaculture methods that are still utilized today. The backdrop is the magnificent Haupu Mountain Range, a dramatic and majestic 2000' (600 meter) shield volcano that looms over the river. The destination is a series of 3 pool-drop waterfalls with a swimming hole known as Hidden Falls.

The area is steeped in legend and your guides will tell you exciting stories about the supernatural inhabitants who resided in the valley long ago. Hule'ia has been the site of filming for a wide range of major motion pictures including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and its sequel, Lost World.

You'll leave your kayaks behind and set out on a 1.5 mile (2.4km) round trip guided Kauai hiking nature walk through a pristine tropical rain forest containing many different communities of plants, birds and aquatic life. You'll stop along the way at swimming holes with rope swings before reaching Hidden Valley Falls, a captivating series of pool-drop waterfalls cascading over black lava rock. Here you'll have some snacks and cold drinks while enjoying the scenery before heading back down to the river for a fun trip back in a double-hulled powered canoe. It's cheating, but who cares?

Restrictions: You must be able to walk 1.5 miles (2.4km) & kayak 60-90 minutes.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Trevor our guide was great we had a fun day with a few laughs, I thought I would find it a bit strenuous but it was very relaxing and enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

We had a blast. Good job.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2011

We had a great time hiking and kayaking. Very relaxing and at our own pace. Two thumbs up!!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2011

This is an extremely casual trip. i expected the waterfall at the end of the hike to really be something special but it was not really a waterfall at all it was a stream rolling over a few higher rocks, certainly not what one thinks of when you think of a waterfall or see them in the pictures of others on Kauai. Lunch was a C-. The guide was a pretty cool, fun kid and very knowledgeable. But overall the trip was just "OK" and definitely over-priced

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2012

Definitely not a 'water fall'. More like a stream.

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