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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Explore the natural beauty of Kauai on a 5-hour tour that combines a lovely kayaking trip with an moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. Your experienced guide provides a paddling lesson and guided kayak tour in the Wailua River Valley, following gorgeous waterways through the lush Kauai landscape. Then hop out of your kayaks and take a 45-minute hike to Secret Falls where you can cool off in the clear waters before returning to the Wailua marina the way you came.
  • 5-hour kayaking and hiking tour in the Wailua River Valley, on Kauai
  • Learn about local wildlife, and Hawaiian history and legends from the guide
  • Park the kayaks for a hike to Secret Falls
  • Includes all needed equipment and instruction
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What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • All activities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Use of backpack style dry bag
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Drinking water

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 4-361 Kuhio Hwy
    4-361 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

    Turn off KUHIO hwy into the shopping plaza with the green building which is across the street from the Shell gas station. Look for the STAND UP PADDLE shop and Dukes Kayak Adventures sandwich board next to it. Feel free to park nearby and your guide will meet you and take care of you from there.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We depart immediately after check-in so no late arrivals will be permitted
  • Not recommended for participants with recent back, knee or ankle injuries
  • No open wounds
  • Participants must be in good physical condition and able to hike approximately two miles through rocky, muddy and slippery terrain
  • Must wear shoes that are secure to your feet. No flip flops.
  • Please bring plenty of water.
  • Other recommended items to bring: swimsuits, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snacks, and a towel.
  • Ziploc bags should be used for cell phones or cameras that are not waterproof
  • No alcohol
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with recent knee, ankle or back injuries
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Wear shoes with good traction for the trail because it was muddy and you could easily slip without them.
Have to consistently paddle and walk can be muddy and slippy, so not suitable for anyone with leg/back problems.
be well prepared with shoes that can get dirty in a mud that may be a feet deep and get ready to be washed by flows of clear water before you go back to kayak.
626 reviews
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Brian was an amazing...
Pauline_S, Jan 2023
Brian was an amazing guide! And such a patient soul! We could have done without the elderly lady getting naked at the falls however!! Not appropriate, but to each their own!🙂
Choose Brian as your guide
Dawn_F, Jan 2023
Brian Hoddar was the most remarkable guide and fantastic human being. The waterfall was awesome. I won’t pretend to have enjoyed the hikes though. Sloshing through mud and climbing up and down slippery rocks - never again. But I loved wading through the river
Great hike!
Camille_D, Jan 2023
Brian was a great guide. Very very unique experience. Thank you so much. I would definitely recommend this trip..a must do!
Great Experience
Debbie_G, Jan 2023
Easy paddle. Awesome hike, very muddy and slippery in spots and awesome waterfall. Worth the hike. Guide was very informative and entertaining.
Knowledge and singing
Amanda_Z, Jan 2023
Thanks, Brian! Your knowledge and your singing, were superb! We were also in awe with your bird friends. And the waterfall was really cool too! ;)
Brian was a friendly and...
Greg_K, Jan 2023
Brian was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. He added a lot to the excursion. Trip is fun and worth doing.
Amazing Tour
john_p, Jan 2023
This was an amazing trip for us. The tour guide Matt was amazing and very funny! I absolutely recommend this trip !
An Absolute Must for First-time Visitors to the Island
Catherine_B, Jan 2023
Brian was a marvelous guide. His interactions with the birds on the trail were fun to see. He made sure we all were comfortable on the kayaks and allowed us to move at our own pace.
Morning tour
Monica_N, Jan 2023
I would definitely recommend going on the morning tours. The falls got crowded as we were leaving. Brian was a great guide and entertaining.
Knowledgeable and fun tour guide for the kayak/hike to waterfalls
Anonymous, Jan 2023
Brian was a great guide for this half day tour which included a 2 mile kayak on the river, followed by a hike to some secret waterfalls. He was very knowledgeable about the region and the trail, gave appropriate heads up and directions for our group which was a variety of skill levels. Fun day!!
Amazing adventure!
dawn_e, Jan 2023
Brian was a wonderful guide, full of local information and humorous stories. The kayaking was suitable for all levels. The hike was not terribly difficult but we were lucky in that the trail was pretty dry. I could definitely see where it could be very challenging if it was muddy from lots of rain! Even dry, there are some slippery water crossings and rock crossing areas so I advise to wear some hiking sandals with good traction. Be sure to take water and a snack along, you will burn a few calories. Standing behind that waterfall was amazing and exhilarating- do it!!! I would do this again without a doubt! Thanks Brian!
Nice day
Jana_G, Jan 2023
The trip was just great. Beautiful on the way there. Water was refreshing and it was a very easy walk to the falls.
Worth it
Brianna_R, Jan 2023
It was a very nice trip to the falls. The hike was not difficult and the guide was amazing. The water fall was stunning.
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Fun trip with beautiful scenery and Hawaiian Brain rocks!!!
Tracee_T, Jan 2023
This is a great trip made even better by Hawaiian Brian! He was so knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He was kind to everyone and provided individual attention when needed. The kayak portion is easier than you might think and the hiking to the falls is a bit of a walk but very do-able! The falls are beautiful and worth the trip. If you go, try a Wednesday when you might get lucky and have H.B. as your guide, but the trip is worth it no matter who is guiding you. This is a must see in Kauai.
Kayak to Secret Falls with Brian the Hawaiian with Duke’s
Lisa_L, Jan 2023
This was our second time doing this specific tour. We loved it so much the first time we wanted to do it again on next visit to Kauai. Brian the Hawaiian with Duke’s was amazing. He had such a depth in knowledge of this island—the history, the flora and fauna. He was an excellent guide. He took time to make sure everyone was comfortable and safe with the kayaking and hiking experience. We highly recommend Brian with Duke’s!
Great adventure on Wailea River
Wendy_D, Jan 2023
Our guide Rob was very knowledgeable and provided a great experience kayaking on the river and hiking the trail. He pointed out the types of plants and trees we saw on the trail and some of the history of the royal Hawaiian King and Queen and their family that lived in the region. He was very helpful and took photos for each group. He offered guidance for my daughter on how to paddle in order to steer the kayak better and was very patient. I would definitely recommend this tour to get to see the flora and fauna and the beautiful waterfall.
Amazing time!!
Tina_N, Jan 2023
The kayaking, hiking, and seeing the Secret Waterfall was amazing! Had an excellent time and tour guide was awesome!!
The best hiking tour in Kauai
Christine_J, Jan 2023
Brian is such an amazing tour guide! He is so passionate, fun, and attentive! We enjoyed our time in the trip very much! The time for kayaking and hiking is a good balance. The trail was pretty flat in general. It was a relatively easy hike! Would highly recommend!
Highlight of our trip
Carol_P, Dec 2022
Rob was a great guide. Very patient and humorous. This activity had just the right amount of challenge and ease.
Beautiful, Memorable Kayak & Hiking Tour
Bennett_N, Dec 2022
This tour was an excellent way to see parts of Kauai that are off the beaten path. We kayaked to a trail where we completed a rocky but manageable hike to a stunning waterfall. Our tour guide pointed out interesting plants and parts of nature along the way. The kayaking was a bit tiring but very beautiful and rewarding. This was a fun way to get a bit of exercise while seeing kauai’s natural beauty.


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