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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • 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.
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Lunch
Snacks
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) i.e. life preservers.
Double sit on top kayaks
Water resistant bags
Walking sticks
Bring your own bottle or container. We provide cold filtered water at our store location.
Guide(s) State certified and trained in water safety.
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

*Wailua River Marina - Kayak Kauai Store (MEET AT THE BUILDING - NOT LAUNCH AREA) Please check-in 15 minutes early NO TRANSPORATION

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • WHAT TO BRING: Sun Protection, Light Shirt, Bathing Suit, Towel and a Change of clothes
  • Footwear for a trail that can be muddy and trekking through water (aqua socks or tennis shoes)
  • Place your lunch choice: (turkey, salami, roast beef, ham or veggie). Vegan and/or gluten free requests can be accommodated. Please be sure to notate if you require a vegan or gluten free meal.
  • Not recommended for ages 70 and older unless in good physical shape. The Guide determines if the guest is capable and safe. We can refuse the right allow guest to do the hiking portion of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DBA: Kayak Kauai
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure.

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  • "As others mention, wear good water shoes as the river rocks are slippery." See review
  • "It wasn't too hard but def bring good footwear as the hike can be slippery." See review

Reviews

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403 Reviews

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star-5
Very informative
Lori_C
, Oct 2021
Micheal was amazing and full of information. We weren’t sure we’d make it to the falls because of so much rain that morning but Micheal was determined and checked the safety of crossing the stream and gave us a heads up. Our group was amazing so everybody was up for it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Aloha Lori, Glad you had amazing group and time in spite the rain and challenges of high water; we monitor the gauges continuously during times of wet weather. Safety is no accident. Mike has been with us since the beginning of the summer and has been great to see him grow with the company and offer his particular brand of aloha backed with some solid natural and cultural history. 5 stars appreciated. Thanks again. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Good trip
Daria_K
, Oct 2021
Jay is a great guy … very knowledgeable in Hawaiian traditions and history. He was patient and kind .
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Aloha Daria, We are all very fortunate to have Jay share his brand of aloha be it on the river or high seas. Every time I am around him, I learn a tid bit more of Hawaiiana. Thanks for taking the time to share and glad you enjoyed your paddle to the falls. A hui hou, Micco
star-4
A good day!
Vici_B
, Oct 2021
Our guide mike was wonderful. The hike was rigorous but broken up with his fun talks about local plants and history.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Aloha Vici, That is what our guides are about , i.e. to “smooth” the trail that can be rigorous for some. Thanks for letting folks know that this tour can be rigorous for some. Stay well. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
The Magical Experience
Amanda_C
, Sep 2021
Amazing tour and great guide! It was everything we expected and such a magical waterfall! If you want to see Hawaii in the raw, take this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Amand, It’s been a long haul, but can honestly say, that after pioneering this tour 38 years ago, we have a group of dedicated guides who love sharing this piece of paradise while keeping you’all safe. Thanks for your nice review. Micco
star-5
Amazing experience
Josh_A
, Sep 2021
One of the best kayaking experiences we’ve had! Our tour guide Gerrick was amazing! He was very accommodating of everyone in the group and was very informative of the flora and fauna in the area. The waterfall is beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Josh, Can’t beat amazing. Will let Garrick know that he remains beyond amazing. Thanks for taking the time and keep pursuing beauty, bet it in the guise of waterfalls or others. A hui hou, Micco
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable trip
Matthew_L
, Sep 2021
The kayaking was super easy and fun for my wife and I. The hike was short but took you through the dense jungle which was really awesome. The waterfall itself was incredible and one of the best sights we saw while in Kauai. What made it better was our awesome tour guide as well. We would highly recommend this excursion!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Matt, Easy for most and hard for some. Could pick up the enthusiasm from your review. Thanks for your kind review and “5 stars”. A hui hou, Micco
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
You need to do this!
Anonymous
, Sep 2021
It felt like a movie set. The river, the jungle hike and the water fall were all breathtaking. Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable, friendly and kind. I could not recommend this tour more. It was the best part of our week's stay on Kauai.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Anony, Glad you enjoyed participating in the movie. We usually have great actors, such yourselves. Glad to hear that Michael remains one of the stars. Maybe next time you visit the “set” we will start offering pop corn. Seriously, thanks for your kind words and your recommendation and for making it possible for us to live here on Kaua’i and continuous to produce keen movies. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Joaquin was great!
Kaitlyn_S
, Sep 2021
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Joaquin made our excursion so memorable! Lots of great facts, perfect amount of kayaking and hiking. The waterfall was a little busy with all the other companies there too, but that was to be expected. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Kaitlyn, A guide can make or break a tour in any weather or group dynamic. We are very pleased and fortunate to have Joaquin join our crew of guides. He brings a true love tempered by maturity, knowledge and real professionalism to to the mix. Thanks for sharing and kind words. Will share with Joaquin. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Awesome time!
Gina_G
, Sep 2021
Such a fun time! Our tour guide was great. The hike is not for beginners, but so worth it. Recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Gina, All our guides are pretty great with their own style and brand. Thanks for waning folks about the hike. Keep having fun and glad we facilitated it. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Exemptional
NicoleSarai_C
, Sep 2021
Excellent guided tour, beautiful waterfall. Easy hike, little mud but super worth it. They give you enough time to enjoy the water fall.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Aloha Nicole, I guess we can do better than “exemptional”. Thanks for letting us know that our guides are doing a good job and giving you enough time at the falls. Thanks for 5 stars and sharing. A hui hou, Micco

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