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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.


  • Guided kayak and snorkel tour of Hanalei River and Bay Reef Lagoon
  • Kayak down the Hanalei River surrounded by lush greenery
  • Snorkel in the pristine turquoise waters of Bay Reef Lagoon and see the tropical fish
  • Look for Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical birds
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Makana Peak as you kayak in Hanalei Bay

What You Can Expect

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Kayaking in Hanalei Bay

Splash into the watery wonders of Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay as you explore some of Kauai’s most picturesque landscapes. Meet your local guide at the departure point near the Hanalei River, and then hop aboard a double kayak and begin your leisurely paddle downriver. Along the way, soak in the peaceful atmosphere and passing scenery of taro fields and tropical forests.

After approximately 45 minutes of kayaking, disembark on the shores of beautiful Hanalei Bay and recharge with a snack break. Admire spectacular views of the bay, made famous by the 1958 film South Pacific, and learn about ancient Hawaiian fire-throwing ceremonies conducted from the dramatic Makana Peak.

Slip on a snorkeling mask and fins, and then dive into the warm turquoise waters of Hanalei’s Bay Reef Lagoon. Explore underwater reef formations and be on the lookout for Hawaiian marine life such as brilliant tropical fish and sea turtles. You’ll also have a chance to ride the gentle waves of the bay on a sea kayak if you like. Finish your 5-hour tour with another short kayak ride and a drive back to the original departure point.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was great fun...the guides were great. I was confused about where to meet, and they were very helpful. Good lessons on ocean kayaking, and great snorkeling. A 72 year old gramma and a 14 year old grandson had a really fun time!

Elaina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Web was a excellent guide, really knows the waters both ocean and river because he grew up in Kauai. We got to experience both river and ocean kayaking, as well as see an amazing variety of fish snorkeling in beautiful Hanalei Bay. Web is very safety conscious. I highly recommend this tour.

Jean O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour. Guides were great and very helpful. Had a wonderful time even though not great at Kayaking. Loved the snorkeling- good place for beginners! Would go again.

Brett K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Sondra S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Steve was a great guide - very laid back but also focused on our safety. Lunch was great too. Fresh pineapple cut Oceanside!

Kevin K

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

The kayaks are easy to maneuver and I'll never turn down a chance to venture out into Hanalei Bay. Although our guide has funny and personable, there were virtually no tangible instructions given for operating the kayak or the snorkeling gear. This is fine if you already have some experience, but there were true novices who seemed to struggle in both areas. The snorkeling launch point is beautiful, but full of coral in the shallow waters, so it was difficult to launch out. The coral is surrounded by a lot of tropical fish. Incidentally, this experience made me fall in love with snorkeling, while my wife swore it off for all eternity.

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