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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

Departure Time

7:45 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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422 Reviews

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star-5
Love this experience!
Jamie_H
, Nov 2021
This was such fun adventure! The Kayaking was great, the hike (more like a trek to the waterfall) was amazing and our tour guide Mike was so knowledgeable about the plants, animals, and history of Kauai. Loved it, definitely do this tour!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Jamie, Thank you for a very nice review and letting us know that your guideMike continues to do a very good job. You all make it possible and we thank you for your kind words. Stay well and happy holidays. Micco
star-5
Beautiful scenery easy...
Brian_F
, Nov 2021
Beautiful scenery easy hike for a family great guide good equipment fun experience we had a lot for fun
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Brian, Thanks for a succinct and kind review and for letting us know we are doing a good job in every facet. Happy Holidays and thanks for making it possible. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Garrett is wonderful! He...
Maureen_M
, Nov 2021
Garrett is wonderful! He was a great guide and teacher and so good with the kids. He took really good care of us and ensured that we had a safe and fun trip
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Maureen, We do promote our Wailua waterfall tour as “family friendly” for the active family. Keeping it safe, fun and informative is what all our tours about and Garrick is a master at it. Thanks for taking time to share. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Great adventure for our family of big kids.
Emily_B
, Nov 2021
What a great adventure! Not too difficult, but still enough off the beaten path that you feel like you’re SEEING Kauai. Our tour guide, Jay, was very knowledgeable and shared fun island and fauna facts.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Emily, Just enough challenge to make it fun. Glad you enjoyed and that Jay was the “icing on the cake”. It’s a beautiful island and we are fortunate to share it with others. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
It’s a must!
Shawna_R
, Nov 2021
We had a great guide! He was a fabulous story teller and great with all ages of people in the group, including our kids. Thank you for an unforgettable experience! We had a blast!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Shawna, We try to make this tour “family friendly” for all ages. With your review it is nice to know we are accomplishing that. Thanks for taking the time to share. Glad you had a blast. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Logan is the bomb
Scott_R
, Nov 2021
Logan did a great job informing us of all that we saw and kept us laughing And he makes a great pig noise!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Scott, Never new about Logan and his impersonation of a pig. Will have to ask him. Glad you enjoyed Logan for he is truly a pleasure to work with and brings that same enthusiasm in the office and the field. Keep smiling and laughing. Thanks for a nice review. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Breathtaking!
Lourie_L
, Nov 2021
Standing under a waterfall was a bucket list experience! Absolutly amazing!!! Our guide Tyler was friendly,knowledgeable and fun!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Laurie, Glad your guide Tyler expertly helped you empty your bucket. Next time let us fill you bucket with our Hanalei snorkel and Po’ipu whale watching tours. Stay well and thanks for sharing and for the 5 stars. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Kayayk and swim to paradise!
Bryan_H
, Nov 2021
Everything was fabulous. We had a fantastic guide in Tyler, who taught us many things along the way. The kayaks were fun and the perfect distance before we got too tired. The hike was was beautiful and not too strenuous. The falls were incredible. We swam in the pool and had a great time. I would recommend this to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Bryan, Tyler is fabulous in the field but also does a great job hiring many of our other fine guides. Thanks for giving a folks an idea of the difficulty of the tour. Keep chasing waterfalls and thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Fun day!
Elizabeth_M
, Nov 2021
Tyler was an awesome guide. This was my first time kayaking. He made the trip fun, safe, and comfortable. The hike was a little muddy but fun, and the waterfall is beautiful. Fun day.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Elizabeth, Thanks for warning folks about the mud. More mud we have the more robust the falls are. Tyler not only does a great job in the “field” but manages our river tours and rentals. Thanks for sharing and keep chasing waterfalls. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
This is worth it!
Amber_H
, Nov 2021
This was so amazing the tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Amber, Our guides try to be safe, fun and informative. Glad you enjoyed the tour and thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
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