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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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Kapaʻa, United States
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

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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437 Reviews

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star-5
Beautiful experience.
Jake_M
, Jan 2022
Beautiful tour and experience. Our guide Mike was great to work with and very knowledgeable! Would highly recommend
star-5
Waterfall adventure
Christopher_H
, Jan 2022
Wonderful adventure trip of kayaking and hiking to the falls. Mike was a wonderful guide. Make sure you bring good footwear as the hike is along the muddy and twisting river edge. Definitely a great time.
star-5
Jay very sincere and...
HIREN_S
, Jan 2022
Jay very sincere and caring. Me and my wife do not know swimming and he took special care. Very nice hike and very professional. Best activity on our vacation.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Hiren, Glad to hear that Jay took the extra effort to help you both enjoy the tours. Our guides try to keep tours safe, informative and fun. Thanks for the review and keep enjoying the outdoors. A hui hou, MIcco
star-5
Highly recommend when you’re in Kauai
Jordan_N
, Jan 2022
Great adventure and awesome tour guides. Our tour guide is also an environmental biologist, which made the tour very informative about the landscape and animals on the island. The kayaking had nice calm water and very beautiful greenery. The hike and waterfall was amazing. Highly recommend this tour for all levels.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Jordan, Nice way to start the new year and glad that Liz was able to interpret much of what you experienced. Thanks for your nice review and keep pursuing waterfalls. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
A great experience!
Niken_H
, Jan 2022
Our host was amazing! He explained the history of Hawaii, all while making sure everyone is having a good time. The views were spectacular!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Niken, Thanks for the 5 stars. Our guides are not only very conversant in the political and natural history of Kaua’i, but they also keep you safe while having fun at the same time. Glad you enjoyed and hope to see you back. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Give it a try!
Amie_A
, Jan 2022
We had a great time! Ty was the best…so funny. I would recommend this for sure. It was a beautiful day!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Amie, Great and succinct review. Glad to know that Ty continues to offer a humorous tour. “Moral of the tour”, is that you can have fun, learn and stay safe. Thanks for sharing and don’t loose your sense of humor. A hui hou, Micco
star-4
A great guide
David_S
, Jan 2022
Lizzie our guide was excellent. She made it a good experience for everyone. Beautiful scenery great service.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha David, Glad to hear you had Lizzy guiding, interpreting and sharing the natural history on the way to the Falls. She “walks the talk”. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Beauty at its finest
Tyler_S
, Jan 2022
Tyler was an amazing guide. Beautiful hike and kayak trip. Would do it all over again. It’s an adventure you look for when on an island like this. Go as early as you can. For some great photos.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Tyler, What a nice review. Thanks. At first was not sure by your review title, if you were referring to your guide Tyler. Glad you enjoyed the beauty while you paddled and hiked to the falls. Thanks again for sharing. Happy New Year. Micco
star-4
Good day of paddling
Lori_S
, Jan 2022
This was a great trip - lot's of fun. I would have given it 5 stars if we were able to hike to the Sacred Falls. Due to weather conditions we were not able to. I appreciated the guides professional knowledge and decision not to go. Safety first!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Lori, You will have to come back and get to the Falls and give us 5 stars. Safety is no accident at Kayak Kaua’I and when the gauge is above 100 we turn a curve and make it a plus by doing a river paddle only and avoid the North Fork which can be dangerous to paddle. We like repeat business and safety is paramount. Stay well and looking forward to hosting you on the river. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Kauai falls hike
William_W
, Dec 2021
Mike was awesome! The kayak trip was relaxing and our guide talked us through the fauna and the trip. The hike was a bit muddy and rocky but very manageable, Mike did it bare boot. During the hike mike took time to point out local items of interest The falls were amazing and were well worth the kayak and hike. Will definitely do again especially if we get Mike. And the pineapple at the end capped it off.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Aloha William, Don't tell Mike, but we are starting a X'mas fund to buy Mike some shoes. Seriously glad you enjoyed the tour and to hear that Mike was an essential ingredient. Will let Mike know you may suffer from the "boomerang effect" and be back. Thanks for making it possible. Happy Holidays. Micco

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