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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

star-4.5472 Reviews
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Kapaʻa, United States
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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Safety measures
icon5 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
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
3-5971 Kuhio Hwy , 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

12:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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

4.5
star-4.5
472 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing experience
Carlos_C
, May 2022
The entire experience was amazing. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. He gave us a quick kayak lesson. The hike was awesome.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Aloha Carlos, Does not get better than amazing. Thanks for your 5 star review. Hope to see you back on our other tours. Micco
star-2
Didn't get full experience
Kristie_P
, May 2022
I rated low, only because we didn't get to do hike. Guide likely made the right call though, just didn't get the full experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Aloha Kristie, The goal is always the falls, but sometimes the weather/rain dictates and complicates. Safety is no accident at Kayak Kaua'i and when in doubt we don't proceed when there is a threat of rising water in the narrow North Fork of the Wailua River, creating dangerous flood like conditions. In these instances we try to turn a curve into a plus by just enjoying the river. Thanks for sharing and hope to see you back on a sunnier/drier day. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Awesome, beautiful and great guides
David_R
, Apr 2022
Awesome instructions from Justice our guide and beautiful kayaking and hike. Justice also was very helpful with history and culture.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Aloha David, Always nice when folks take the time to let us know we are doing a good job. We really try and Justice is an important component of the fact that we try to enhance the experience by good to great guiding. Thanks for your kind words and will pass them on to Justice. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Beauty and adventure!
Alicia_D
, Apr 2022
Excellent guide, very talkative and informative. It had rained a lot the day before, so we cautiously made our way out to the river crossing. The river was high but we made it across, no problem. The waterfall was well worth it!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Aloha Alicia, Rain can make it a bit more muddy and make it more challenging to ford the stream....but does prime the waterfall. Glad you enjoyed and for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Awesome Trek to the Sacred Falls
Wilton_R
, Mar 2022
It was so much fun. I highly recommend it for a complete family bonding. Mike, our guide, was fun and very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Aloha Wilton, We do market our falls tour as "family friendly" or at least for the active one. Great to hear that you enjoyed the tour and Mike; we are all very lucky to have him share his particular brand of aloha and knowledge of the resource. Enjoy your 'ohana and come back and enjoy our other tours of course, with your family. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Bucket List day‼️
James_D
, Mar 2022
Hadnt been in a kayak for years, but Justice was a great instructor & had my wife & I kayaking like pros in no time. He was super knowledgeable of all of the plant life & island history. The swim in the pool under the waterfall was a definite bucket list! All around amazing time‼️
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Aloha James,. I guess reviews can't get better than amazing! All our guides, including Justice, try to keep you informed while keeping things safe without loosing that sense of fun. Keep visiting those amazing places on the planet; we were happy to share our particular example. Thanks for taking the time for sharing with your kind words. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Kaui Kayak adventure
Walt_V
, Mar 2022
Our guide was Isa a wildlife biologist and botanist. She was very knowledgeable and showed us many native and invasive plants. Very friendly and even was patient and waited for us old folks who could not keep pace with younger hikers. The only hitch was the departure time was changed from 12:15 to 11:30 however Viator.com did NOT notify us!! We were lucky we planned to arrive early!!!! Instead we barley made it on time!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Aloha Walt, Sorry about the Viator glitch and that fortunately we were able to take a curve and make it a plus and you were able to get to go with Lizzy, your guide. Lizzy brings to all her tours a sense of living classroom mixed with safety and fun. Glad you enjoyed and that we were able to accommodate. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Down to earth Kawaii experience!
Sharon_C
, Mar 2022
Loved paddling up the big Waimea river and stopping to hear about ancient Hawaiian culture. The hike to the waterfall was beautiful, through lush jungle and along a river, crossing some too before coming to the waterfall and time to take a plunge in the cool water before heading back. Our guide Justice was attentive and enthusiastic. He shared information about the flora and fauna on the hike.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Aloha Sharon, Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed Justice as he shared his aloha for the Wailua River complex. All our guides try to share the native Hawaiian culture and other ethnic groups that lurk behind the foliage that you see. Thanks for sharing and will let Justice know that you enjoyed and learned from his enthusiasm. A hui hou Micco
star-5
Amazing Adventure
Courtney_S
, Feb 2022
What an awesome experience. Our guide Logan was full of historical knowledge of the island and the original peoples. The hike is lush and provides incredible views the whole time. The best part of the experience was jumping into the water and feeling the power of the waterfall. If you love to explore and learn about the place you are traveling, I would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Courtney, Thanks for the 5 star review. Appreciated. Logan continues to get rave reviews by giving 100% and sharing his love and passion for the river. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for taking the time to share. Keep exploring and until our trails cross again. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Kayak and Hike tour
Jeff_H
, Feb 2022
Both the kayak and hike were amazing! The guide Lizzy was very informative and made sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. I would highly recommend this tour! Make sure to wear the appropriate shoes as recommended in the booking, the hike can be muddy and slippery.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Jeff, Thanks for you kind review and recommendations of wearing appropriate shoes (e.g. aqua shoes or light weight tennis shoes work). We are very fortunate to have Lizzy working with us and sharing her love and deep knowledge of the natural history of the Wailua complex. Stay well and keep paddling and hiking. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Great time
Jeffrey_M
, Feb 2022
We had a great time. Our tour guide G was knowledgeable and very friendly. We would recommend this tour to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Jeffrey, Thanks for 5 star review on your Wailua paddle to the falls. Thanks for letting others know and for your recommendation. It’s a partnership between classic scenery and good guiding that makes for a memorable tour. Thanks again.
star-5
Memorable experience!
Nadiya_A
, Feb 2022
The best way to begin our trip on Kaua’i. Our guide Justice and his pup Koi were straight out of a Disney movie. Justice was very knowledgeable about the island and had cool facts along our kayak and hike. He made sure the group was always kept together while still allowing everyone to move at their own pace. Overall an amazing experience and I highly recommend you take a dip in the waterfall!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Nadiya, Can’t do better than memorable. Thanks for your kind words and to let us know Justice and dog Koi helped you enjoy the beauty of Kaua’i. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-4
Fun Kayak and Hike to Falls
Barbara_N
, Feb 2022
Beautiful River Kayak. Waterfall spectacular. Hiking part is a little challenging because you hike over rocks on a portion but doable.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Barbara, Glad you enjoyed the tour and thanks for warning folks about the the hike to the falls. Until then….stay well and active. A hui hou, MIcco
star-5
Great day out making memories!
Margaret_B
, Jan 2022
We really enjoyed this! The hike wasn’t difficult and lunch at the waterfall was lovely although extremely crowded. My favourite part was kayaking back. We got caught in a heavy rain shower and it felt so good :) Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Margaret. Some of my favorite paddling over the years has been with the pitter patter of rain in the background. And yes, while the Falls can get crowded at times, it still can be a nice experience. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
FUN, with a little effort
Karen_S
, Jan 2022
This is a fun half-day experience that involves a little bit of physicality. The kayaking on the Wailua River is peaceful and relaxing. The hike is challenging in parts, due to the uneven surfaces and slippery rocks of all shapes and sizes. Still, it's a good little hike (1 mile to the falls) that is rewarded at the Sacred Falls destination. Swimming is possible, but towel important if you cool easily. Climbing over large and small rocks necessary at the pool. Wear good solid shoes that can be immersed in water for the hike. Anything that doesn't offer sufficient support will be make the hike dangerous. Tour guide, G, was excellent and cared for our safety.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Karen, Great tour description that give others an idea of the field and stream leading to the falls. Garrick, your guide is a great outdoorsman and keeps tours fun but not forgetting safety. Thanks for sharing. Micco
star-5
Must do!
Faith_M
, Jan 2022
This was a wonderful excursion; our guide was so informative and fun. Don't let age stop you as long as you are in good health, make this trip!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Faith, I am 69 and still enjoy paddling to the falls. Agreed it is not an age issue, but basic good health. Every day is a gift. Enjoy it while you can. Thanks, Micco
star-5
Beautiful scenery!
Reagan_S
, Jan 2022
This was a really fun half day activity! The river was beautiful to kayak! The waterfall was beautiful as well! I would recommend this trip. My only caution is the hike is a little treacherous, very rocky terrain and muddy. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Aloha Reagan, Thanks for warning folks about the potential pitfalls of the trail Glad you enjoyed the tour, guide, and the surroundings. Thanks again for making it possible. A hui hou, Micco
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
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Jake, Thanks for 5 star review. We try on all our tours, some knowledge to compliment the beauty. Thanks for taking the time to share. Stay well. A hui hou, Micco
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.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Aloha Christopher, Thanks for reminding folks to bring good footwear. Glad you enjoyed the tour and your guide Mike. Stay well and exploring. A hui hou, Micco
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

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