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  • Location:Kauai, Hawaii
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.


  • 5-hour Wailua River kayak and hiking tour on Kauai
  • Paddle down Kauai's only navigable river and weave through the verdant greenery
  • Hike through the dense forest and arrive at a secluded waterfall
  • Swim in the cool, pristine waters at the base of the waterfall
  • Lunch included

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What You Can Expect

Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

This tour is recommended for all travelers who love nature

The Wailua River is considered sacred by native Hawaiians and passes through the site of seven ancient temples along its 20-mile (32-km) course. Experience the river’s beauty and serenity with this guided half-day tour. Hop into a double kayak with a partner, and then follow your guide as you paddle down the gentle river. Soak up the lush surrounding landscape as you learn about the native flora and fauna and sacred history of the river.

After about 45 minutes of paddling, disembark on the riverbank for a 1-mile (1.6-km) guided nature hike through the tropical forest. You’ll reach a waterfall where a 200-foot (60-meter) cascade empties into a natural pool below. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the clear waters, and soak up the lush island scenery. Enjoy a provided picnic lunch in the midst of these peaceful surroundings.

At the end of your adventure, you’ll be picked up near Hanalei Bay and transported back to the original departure point.

Customer Reviews

Stefanie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Terrific trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Lovely ride up the river and really cool hike through the jungle to a spectacular waterfall.

The kayak portion was very doable, even if you're not an experienced kayaker which we definitely aren't. One of the highlights was passing through a low tree tunnel en route to the hike. Water shoes are very highly recommended for getting in and out of the kayaks and wading through the river.

Our river guide, Sage, was born and raised on the island, and his knowledge of the plant life in the jungle was pretty astounding. Still can't believe he did the entire hike with his bare feet! The mile-long hike was very enjoyable, and Sage stopped to demonstrate how the ancient people used a lot of the flora in their everyday lives, which was fascinating. We stopped for lunch at the waterfall the vegetarian option, tofu sandwich, was great, as was the fresh pineapple and got a little time to swim in the watering hole there.

A great way to spend a day away from the resort and see the natural beauty of the island. Highly recommended!

Kaitlyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was awesome! The scenery on the river was beautiful and the waterfall very secluded and majestic. The tour guide was great and very insightful as well. The hike wasn't very hard but I would definitely suggest tennis shoes or hiking boot because there was lots of mud, rocks, and tree roots


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our second time doing this tour. Our guide was great, we were a group of six adults and we have him just for us. After the kayaking you do some hiking. This time if was a little muddy, it had been raining a lot the previous week, definitely you need hiking shoes or good grip foot ware. When you get to the falls for a refreshing dip you will need for protection, there is a lot of rocks in the bottom.
The picnic lunch by the water fall is breathtaking ........don't expect much: Turkey sandwich, cookies and pineapple. Water and fruit juice is included. We had a great time.........

Nasibo K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Suzanne Saville S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was my favorite excursion of all. The gentle 2 mile kayak followed by a little over a mile hike led to the beautiful falls. At one point all the other groups left and our small group had the falls all to ourselves for about 15 minutes.

Chris W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour was awesome. Our guide was very good with telling us about the area's flora and wildlife. I highly recommend this tour to anyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Mud and all this was a small group tour, four of us the other couple didn't show, their loss but waiting for them put a timmed crunch on us, that shouldn't be but guide Jessie was awesome. Pictures upload later.

Kristien M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was by far the coolest thing I've done on the island! When they say... The trail is a bit muddy.. They mean it! First you get to experience the beauty of Kauai by kayak and then you get to forge a river, sludge through mud pits and then enjoy lunch by the beauty of the waterfall. l loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Lucas was awesome!!!!! This was a lot of fun even though we were walking through mud up to our knees practically. They were honey from the get go. Everyone was really nice. Will do this one again when we go back and ask for Lucas!!!!

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