Kayak Kauai offers a 5 hour guided tour that includes a paddle down the Wailua River and a hike to a beautiful waterfall. This Wailua River waterfall adventure is one of our favorite Kauai tours. The Wailua River is 20 miles long, making it Kauai’s largest and longest river.
If you are new to kayaking, a tour is the perfect place to start. Since it’s on a river and not in the ocean, the waters are calm and easy for paddling. The tour guides will provide some instructions beforehand and will ensure that you are safe throughout the tour. Also, you’ll be given a life vest to wear, even if the likelihood of falling in the water is very low.
As you paddle along, the tour guides will provide some historical facts about the area and point out some sights along the way. They will also make sure that you follow the group and not getting stuck in the vegetation. It may or may not have happened to us… Be prepared to see some breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Really, no picture will do it justice.
After paddling for about 45 minutes, you will ditch your kayak and start the hike to the waterfall. Don’t worry, the hike itself isn’t too difficult. Watch your step to avoid the tripping hazards that are everywhere and for slick muddy spots. If mosquitoes tend to love you, make sure you apply the bug spray before starting the hike!
Once you get to the waterfall, it’s time for a snack. Good news, it’s included in the tour price. It’s also time to swim by the waterfall, if you want. Be careful and avoid swimming under the waterfall due to falling rocks. When we did the tour the waterfall was pretty impressive but keep in mind that at different times of the year the waterfall can be vary in volume.
Once everyone has swam their hearts out, you will then hike back to your kayak and paddle you way back to the starting point.
Since it’s Hawaii, this tour runs year-round, 6 days per week (not on Sundays), 4 times per day: 7:45 AM, 9:00 AM. 12:15 PM and 12:45 PM. Check in is at the Wailua River Marina.
This is a great adventure for most family members. Keep in mind that kids must be 5 or older to take part. And, make sure that everyone in your party is physically capable of participating. In total, you’ll be paddling for about 90 minutes and hiking for about the same amount of time.
Obviously, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! Also, bring bug spray, a towel and might want to consider bringing change of clothing. Your footwear needs to be appropriate for muddy trails, so no flip flops! For instance, if you have running shoes that you’re about to toss, wear those. Don’t wear shoes that you don’t want to get wet and permanently dirty. We wore our Keen shoes and that worked out well since you need something to to hike in but your feet will get wet. As always, it’s Kauai, it could rain. So, be prepared for that.
For a 5 hour tour, with lunch included, the prices are certainly reasonable. It’s $65.00 for children under 12 years old and $85.00 for anyone else. This Wailua River waterfall adventure is a great way to get a glimpse of what Kauai has to offer: hiking, water activities and waterfalls.
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