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

What You Can Expect

Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

Recommended for all nature lovers.

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

Customer Reviews

Louise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

Megan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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

Patrick L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Tricia J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Brett W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

Kelli G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My husband and I visited Kauai for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it! One of the highlights was kayaking the Wailua River. Our guide, Phil was professional, laid back and a lot of fun. The Wailua river is absolutely beautiful. We also enjoyed the short hike to the waterfall where we had a light lunch. We would love to do this again and will recommend it to our friends and family!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

There were 3 of us ranging from ages 18 to 58. We all had a fantastic time! The hike was challenging but not too challenging. I highly recommend water shoes because the trail was very muddy and it included walking through water. Lunch at the waterfall was a nice surprise. Brian is an absolutely wonderful guide. He made sure we were safe while we were having fun.

Ashley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Our guide, Josh, was awesome. He gave an entertaining tutorial about how and how not to paddle and steer a kayak. We had an awesome lunch by the beautiful waterfall--can't beat that scenery!

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