Wailua Kauai Kayak Tour
Kayaking the Wailua River is a ‘must do’ on Kauai! This tour comes highly recommended by our guides and is one of the top experiences for any visit to the Hawaiian islands. The tour includes kayaking, hiking, swimming and a catered lunch at the magnificent Uluwehi Waterfall. Our team will cover six miles of epic beauty in five hours, all powered by you. There is no better way to connect to the wai (water), aina (land), and your family or loved ones. After a short lesson from the pros, you’ll be on your way to experience this scenic and exciting adventure.
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Wailua Kauai Kayak Tour
A Wailua Kauai kayak tour is the best way to explore the interior of the Garden Island. Kayaking the majestic waters of the Wailua is a powerful and invigorating experience for any paddler. The Wailua will tantalize your senses as you paddle past daily-flowering sea hibiscus, leaping fish, and beautiful waterfowl. Find value in Hawaii’s ancient capital, Kauai’s first state park, and the lush tropical jungles of Wailua valley. This area is jam packed with rich history, lore and stories of a separate kingdom.
After a short kayak demonstration on land, you’ll hit the water to “hone in” your new skills. Although the tour carries a consistent pace, it’s on Hawaiian time, which means the group works together and takes the necessary time. There is always opportunities to talk story with the guides, make new friends, and share with loved ones. After nearly two miles of kayaking, the team passes beyond Mauna Kapu (forbidden mountain) into the lush tropical jungle of Wailua valley. This area is only accessible by kayak.
The river narrows until it becomes impassable by kayak. Hiking up the north fork of the Wailua allows countless photo opportunities. Dense jungle, abundant flowing fresh water, captivating song birds, and rock structures from ancient days of agricultural can be experienced on the one mile hike to the waterfall. Uluwhei (lush beauty) also known as ‘Secret Falls’ is worth the trek! No van or helicopter can access this area; the view has to be earned.
A Wailua Kauai Kayak tour is the perfect way to share a safe, fun experience with the whole family. This tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, as long as you are physically active, enjoy the great outdoors, and have no major injuries or mobility issues. This kayak tour is designed for first time or expert kayakers. The adventure is suitable for both swimmers as well as non-swimmers (life jackets are provided, but are not necessary for swimmers over 13). Trail conditions can vary from bone dry (summer) to sloppy and muddy (winter); good footwear is the best investment you can make on any expedition into the interior of Kauai.
The Wailua Kauai kayak tour will be a highlight of your travels to the Garden Island. Don’t miss the opportunity to kayak, hike, and swim, while exploring one of Kaua’is most beautiful, culturally significant areas. Reserve your seats today!
Provided: Guide, kayak gear (including high back seat backs), safety equipment, dry bag, hearty lunch, water, and lifetime memories!
Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
Tour Times: Mon – Sat
- 7:30 am – 12:30pm
- 1:00 pm – 6:00pm
- $85.00 Adults
- $76.00 Children (5-13)
- Roast beef
What to Bring:
- ActivityKauai.com E-Ticket
- Water friendly footwear (running shoes, sport sandal with backstrap) – No flip flops
- Bug spray
- Sun screen
- Camera with empty memory card and full battery
- Change of clothes for afterwards to leave in car
- Expecting moms
- Recent surgeries
- No spinal, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, or ankle injuries (you will be expected to kayak, with partner, 4 miles of flat water and hike 2 miles of very light incline that could be muddy) – ok for wide range of physical fitness
- Children under 5
- Tandem double kayak combined weight 450lbs
-Do you have a major injury that limits your mobility? Guests will need to be in fairly good physical health. Be ready for exercise and a ton of fun. Please call if you have further questions.
-Do you have a totally awesome family looking for a positive, active experience to share with each other? This is the trip for you!
-Are you ready for an adventure? Like most outdoor adventures, conditions can change in the course of a trip (usually those are the most fun days). Good footwear, sun protection, a lightweight jacket, staying hydrated and smiling are key.
-Would your doctor clear you to kayak for four miles and hike for two additional miles? On a usual day terrain and water are fairly mellow for Kaua’i standards. Like most awesome Kauai tours this can all change. Be prepared for an adventure!
The Wailua River is an Epicenter for Hawai’ian Culture. Fed by Mt. Waialeale (rippling waters), the wettest spot on the Planet, Wailua’s abundant fresh water source became the hearth for Kauaian Royalty and the center of political and religious practice in ancient Hawai’i. For the past 50 years, the Wailua River and surrounding Valley encompass 1000+ acres of terrain that has since become one of Hawaii’s cherished state parks. This area has captivated malihini (travelers or guests) since day one. Please tread light and leave no trace.
These guides have a deep respect for Wailua and cannot say enough about this area in one short write-up. If you are interested in learning more about Wailua, its history, and the royalty that dominated this area, a great place to start is Kaua’i Historical Society or Kaua’i Museum. Also, books written or printed by Mary Kawena Pukui, Bishop Museum and Kamehameha schools are great sources.