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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

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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

Dana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was so much fun! Well worth the time! The tour guide Pete was great and knowledgable about the island and the property. The equipment was well maintained, and the water wasn't deep, so it was very kid friendly.

Denise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This adventure is the essence of Hawaii! Beautiful scenery all along the approx. 40 min. the river. The hike as a little challenging at times be sure to wear hiking-type sandals/water shoes - no flip flops! path was mostly flat and was dry the day we went. Jamie our guide was knowledgable and made you feel relaxed he carried our picnic lunch included in the price, food was good! The Secret Waterfall is unbelievable! Swimming in and around the falls is like a fantasy! The company provided waterproof backpacks for each kayak great for your phone/camera , etc. Recommend you bring/ buy bug repellant at the base store. Reasonable price for the adventure. Would highly recommend if you like to be active!

Anthony R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The hiking was awesome and so was the Kayaking adventure, I would recommend this to anyone

Nathan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved Loved Loved!!!

Keiko F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything (kayaking, hiking, and swimming at the waterfall) was great. The guide, Sage, was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I felt the tour was short in each segment and wanted it longer, but it probably means it was that good. The weather was very nice, too. If it rained before or duing the tour, the whole experience could be different, but it is life.

Sean K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great! Good mix of kayaking, hiking, and swimming!

Shari S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is an excellent excursion. We had Kelly as our guide and he was knowledgeable, patient, and interesting. The scenery is spectacular and the kayaking and hike were adventurous, but not difficult. Everyone at Smith's was very polite and accommodating.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Mohan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an awesome one. We really enjoyed this tour. Bryan was our guide. He was very patient with us. We had some difficulties in the beginning with the kayak. He was patient enough to teach us and guide us. He was also very entertaining and knowledgeable of the local customers and events. He shared lots of information with us on the things to do there. The tour consists of about 2 miles of kayaking and 1 mile of hiking to the falls. Not a hard one. Nice experience getting to the falls.

Dennis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our kayak/hike tour guide, Michelle, was top notch. She kept us comfortable, informed us of what was around us, and had enough humor to keep us occupied and going. I would highly recommend this tour given Michelle as the guide. We were a party of 8 with 6 of us older than dirt.

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