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.
This trip didn’t disappoint at all. Bring your sense of adventure and your Texas or water socks. There was mud on our day but all in all it added to the fun part and the memory. Scenery is beautiful and you’re well taken care of.
Most people on the tour fell or slipped because it’s so muddy/rocky/stumps almost all the way to the falls. The only hike on the island where you need a walking stick. The waterfall was worse than all others on other islands..so windy and blowing into your eyes. You never got to enjoy the scenery for fear of falling on the way to/from the falls and the kayak trip was like a race so you couldn’t enjoy the scenery then. I will never take or recommend this excursion, even with a fun/friendly guide like we had.
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.