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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
  • The early Polynesian culture is represented here, steeped in a colorful past, rich with rock-wall terracing, legends and lore.
The Wailua River is considered sacred by native Hawaiians and passes through the site of seven ancient temples along its 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 shows you the best of both worlds, including a tandem kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest to a waterfall. Learning about Wailua’s ancient history and legends along the way adds to the adventure. 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.


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, Aug 2018

Truly amazing tour! Great guide with lots of local knowledge. The hike was moderately difficult, but so worth it to see the beautiful falls at the end. The lunch was great, too! Kayaking was lots of fun. I recommend this tour to everyone who visits Kauai.

, Aug 2018

Tyler was out guide for the trip. Very good explanation for proper kayaking techniques. Very knowledgeable of the area and safety was his primary concern. The kayaking was great. Once to the waterfall, it was perfect. Nice lunch provided. A definite must in Kaua’i.

, Dec 2017

We had a great time. The river was calm, peaceful, easy to kayak. The hike was interesting, Phil was knowledgeable about the island, the trees, the water. Had a great time at the waterfall, it was COLD when you first got in, but got used to it quickly. Great pictures were taken. THEN DISASTER. The rocks were slippery, I fell, cracked my head on the rocks, caught my wrist between two rocks. All of the guides were at my side immediately. No blood, just lots of pain. One of the guests was a paramedic, he helped them splint and wrap my wrist properly. Ice and pain meds were given, i made my way up the hill, had a bit of lunch, and hiked back to the kayaks. Needless to say, I could not use the oars to get back. Phil had me move to his kayak. Left on plane the next day, got x-rays, yes wrist is broken, Surgery is Thursday to put a plate in my wrist to hold bone in position. Great excursion, horrible ending, but it was MY FAULT, not theirs. Enjoy yourself, but be careful!!!!!!!!!!!!

, Dec 2017

You're practically on your own as far as safety.
Not enough guides to watch people.

, Nov 2017

Best thing I did on my vacation. Great tour guide Kelly who added lots of interesting facts along the kayak and hike portion.

, Nov 2017

Great introduction to the beauty of Kauai. Our guide was wonderful and we had a great group. This is a good outing for people without a lot of hiking or kayaking experience. Highly recommend

, Oct 2017

Saw way more than I thought I would see. Our guide was great and was very informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see the true beauty of Hawaii. The hike can be a challenge just bring proper footwear.

, Oct 2017

This is an awesome adventure but need to be somewhat of good physical shape.

, Oct 2017

This tour was fun and informative. Our tour guide was great. The tour was muddy and got slippery at times. However, we got a walking stick was really helped.

, Sep 2017

The actual kayaking, hike and waterfall were fun. Glad we did it. However, the Viator booking said that the guide would enlighten you on the hike about the area and that we would not be returning via kayak but would be picked up near Hanalei Bay and bused back. As it turned out, we had to hike and kayak back which wasn't expected. A total of 8 miles kayaking and hiking. In addition, our guide Jessie was nice but didn't share any information while on our hike. He talked only to those hiking in front with him. He spoke nothing of the flora a fauna as advertised. He took no breaks on the hike and there were people trailing behind so we had to ask him to stop so others could catch up. The experience was fun and we are glad we did it, but it was not as advertised and could have been enhanced with a more interactive guide.

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