Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai

Jungle SUP Adventure - paddle up a jungle stream

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai instructor

Start off with a paddling lesson on land

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai

It doesn't take long to get the hang of this

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai paddling the river

Paddle for two miles with the wind at your back

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai paddling the river

Jungle SUP Adventure - is she having a good time or what???

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai paddling the river

A beautiful jungle stream is the setting for adventure

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai hiking to the waterfalls

Hiking along the stream and waterfalls

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai water zipline

Have a blast on the Water Zipline at the Blue Pool

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai water zipline

Taking off like Tarzan on the Water Zipline

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai canoe ride after paddling

Motorized double hull canoe takes you back down the river

Jungle SUP Adventure Kauai paddling the river

Jungle SUP Adventure - the only SUP adventure tour

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is an ancient Hawaiian sport that has caught fire once again and has become extremely popular in the last few years. Kauai offers the unique opportunity to practice this sport both in the ocean and on calm inland streams. Jungle SUP Adventures offers a central Kauai SUP experience on a jungle stream and includes hiking and a unique and fun water zipline.

Now having fun is as easy as standing up … and you can go home and tell everyone that you learned to walk on water while on vacation in Hawaii! This tour combines SUP lessons, paddling downwind on a placid jungle stream, hiking, and water fun at the Blue Pool, home to a fun jumping/diving platform and an insanely fun water zip line!

After getting set up with your board and paddle you’ll receive instruction on the basics of this sport, and then begin your upriver, downwind adventure. The first few strokes feel awkward, but soon you’ll be gliding upstream with the best of them. Upstream??? We know it sounds crazy, but this water is very flat and calm and it is MUCH easier to paddle upstream because the trade winds will be at your back and they’ll help push you along. At the end of the tour you’ll be transported back down the river via a relaxing motorized double hulled canoe.

But we left out the middle part of the tour … when you reach the end of your paddle you will hike along the stream, seeing small waterfalls along the way, until you reach the ultimate destination … a secret swimming hole in the jungle called the “Blue Pool.”

It’s actually sort of a unique shade of greenish blue. But “Greenish Blue Pool” is too long to fit on the brochures. The spot sure is fun though. The water is very deep, and it’s perfect for jumping, diving, and everybody’s favorite … the water zip line. Take off, hold on, let go when you get to the middle … and SPLASH. It’s sort of like a rope swing but a lot easier.

General Information
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays

Check In: Guests staying on the south side will check in at the tour operator’s location in Poipu at 7:45am and will return around 2:00pm. Click to view map Those staying in central and north Kauai will check in at the Kayak Shack at Nawiliwili Harbor near downtown Lihue (the town where the airport is located) at 8:30am and will return around 1:30pm. Click to view map

Tour includes: Lunch is served during the tour. (Turkey or veggie wrap, pasta salad, cookie, and cold bottled spring water)

Gear Provided: SURFTECH Board, Paddles

Restrictions: This tour includes short hikes, swimming, and stand up paddling. Participants must be fit enough to walk about two miles on a trail over irregular terrain and SUP for about 60-90 minutes. Participants must weigh less than 240 pounds and minimum age for participation is 12. If you exceed the maximum weight but have some experience on a surfboard, please call us toll-free at 1.877.678.7333 about possible participation in this tour.

What to Bring & Wear: Swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt, windbreaker or light rain coat, and footwear with aggressive tread for muddy conditions. Sport type sandals with heelstraps or aqua socks with tread work great. And don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and a waterproof camera.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

stand up paddleboard
Spend the day on a beautiful jungle stream
motorized double hull
Motorized double hull takes you back

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The Jungle SUP tour is not available for cruise ship passengers, but the Hanalei SUP Lessons are available in the late morning of day one for NCL passengers; a rental car is required as the drive is about an hour from the dock. We can arrange a rental car including shuttle pickup at the dock.


Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

It is hard to believe how quickly stand up paddleboarding has taken off here in the Hawaiian islands. It’s refreshing to see a sport that is so old and so little known suddenly make a resurgence. Five years ago it was rare to see someone doing this. Now my wife has a board and paddles around with our dog. The nice thing about SUP is that, unlike surfing, you don’t need to have big waves to enjoy this. As a matter of fact, most SUP’ers prefer calm flat water for just cruising around. It’s really strange these days to look out on a calm tranquil ocean and see a dozen people standing up a quarter of a mile off shore. SUP is not hard … as long as you get matched to a board that is the proper size for your height and weight. If the board isn’t big enough, balance can tricky and your going to fall a LOT. If the board is too big, you couldn’t fall in the water if you tried. The best board for you is sized just in between. The constant micro adjustments that your body has to make to keep yourself balanced on the board is great exercise. It is a very healthy, low demand workout that uses muscles you didn’t even know you had (and previously never needed). It’s very healthy, easy and fun. On a calm day with clear water and no swell, it’s just incredible to paddle around on the bay and look down at coral reefs just a few feet under the surface. And when winter swells sweep into Hanalei Bay, you can cruise on the flat water of the Hanalei River instead. The tour operator’s ideal location makes it easy for you to go either way. Want to see how popular this sport is? Jennifer Aniston was recently photographed paddling around on the Hanalei River. Check out photos here and here. Who knows how long those links will work. If none of them do, just Google “Jennifer Anniston SUP” and click on the image tab. You’ll find them. Another one is here. (Kate Hudson and Jennifer Anniston SUP’ing). I could also cite photos of Pierce Brosnan and Matthew McConaughey that are literally “floating” around the internet. You never know who you’ll bump into on this river! For those staying on the north or central part of the island, consider the Hanalei SUP lessons.