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Experience the RUSH of rappelling a waterfall!

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Rappel down the rushing jungle waterfalls!

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Unique adventure for the kids!

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Hike through the lush and colorful tropical forest

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Test your courage on a 60ft waterfall!

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Go for a swim and play in the water after you rappel

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COVID-19 AVAILABILITY UPDATE: Kauai Waterfall Rappelling has restarted with limited capacity. They are operating Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30am. Due to availability issues, summer dates should be booked NOW!!!
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Kauai Waterfall Rappelling is a unique adventure that allows you experience the lush jungles of Kauai. Da Life Outdoors brings the magic of Hule’ia River and it’s 241 acres of National Wildlife Refuge to visitors and Kama’ainas (residents). It is one of nine National Wildlife Refuges in the state of Hawaii, and one of three on Kauai. The Hule’ia Refuge is closed to the general public and is only accessible by Da Life Outdoors. Their guides perform volunteer service towards the natural resource restoration for the privilege of sharing it with guests, and a portion of all ticket sales are donated to the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge for ongoing conservation efforts.

Rappelling is a controlled descent down a rock face using a rope.  On these tours you will be descending a waterfall.  This is a thrilling way to get up close and personal with one the island’s most popular natural attractions. Their expertly trained staff use the best gear and promote safety first.  Check-in for the tour is at the Da Life Outdoors next to the Kauai Marriott in Nawiliwili. They will outfit you and then transport you to the location where your adventure begins.

Waterfall Rappel

After check in at Da Life Outdoor Gear shop, you will take a 10-minute van ride will take you to the scenic rappel training area. After a detailed rappel safety lesson, and a practice run on the dry wall, hike to secluded waterfalls. The first rappel is the cascading 30’ Bamboo Falls, followed by the towering 60’ Papakolea Falls. Your tour ends with a snack overlooking the Hule’ia Watershed and Ha’upu Mountain range. This guided tour is guaranteed to be the most unique experience of your vacation!

It is possible for non-rappelling observers to go along this tour.  Observers can watch from the pools at the base of the waterfall as members of their party rappel the cascades.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 8:30am.

Duration: Approximately 4 hours.

Restrictions:  Minimum age is 12, and not recommended for those over 65.  Waist size must be between 22″ and 48″.  Weight must be between 70 pounds and 250 pounds.  This tour is not appropriate for people with back problems, recent surgeries, bone/joint problems, heart conditions, or women who are pregnant.  This activity is intended for participants who are physically fit and enjoy rugged activities, and must be able to hike on uneven, slippery terrain.

General Information
Check In: 15 minutes before tour time at Da Life next to Duke’s. Park in the lot, and walk over the bridge and on the path.

GPS:  3500 Rice St., Lihue, HI 96766 Click to view map

Included in Tour:  Snacks, juice and water.

What to Bring & Wear:  Men should wear swim trunks or light-weight pants, and a tight-fitting quick-drying shirt.  Women should wear surf shorts, yoga pants or quick-drying pants. Also, women should wear fitted shirt, tank or bikini top.  Wet suits or rash guards and a light jacket especially in cooler winter months. Bring another set of clothes to change into at the end of the tour, because everything you wear will get wet. Also, bring a towel and waterproof camera. A baseball cap or visor under your helmet is a good idea if you’d like to keep water out of your eyes while rappelling (an especially good idea for contact wearers).

Mosquito repellent is recommended.  If you don’t bring your own, you can purchase an all-natural repellent at Da Life Outdoor Gear upon check-in.  Waterproof sunscreen is recommended, otherwise it’ll wash off, and they’d like to keep lotions out of the streams.

Group Size: 8 people max

Gear Provided:  Large dry bag, harness, helmet, rappel shoes.

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

Waterfall Rappelling
Enjoy getting wet as you rappel down a waterfall!
Waterfall Rappelling with Kids
Awesome adventure for kids!

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Kauai Waterfall Rappelling does not work for Pride of America passengers.  It may work for other cruise ship passengers depending on your itinerary.  Please call for details.




Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Waterfall rappelling is the latest in extreme adventure-oriented activities offered in Hawaii. We now have this option on two islands … this company here on Kauai and on the island of Maui with Rappel Maui. Rappelling offers a more hands-on experience than a zipline tour, and the waterfalls give you a rush (literally!). Obviously this isn’t a tour for everyone, but if you enjoy doing something that takes you out of your comfort zone and gives you a photo op with “Look what I did on vacation in Hawaii” bragging rights, this is a great choice!!!

Da Life Outdoors takes their responsibility for this area seriously. Their guides participate as volunteers in the adjacent Hule’ia Wildlife Refuge, which is closed to the general public. The US Fish & Wildlife purchased 241 acres on Kauai in 1973 for the protection of Hawaii’s water birds, and their efforts help the population of native Ae’o (Hawaiian Stilt), Nene (Hawaiian Goose), Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian Duck), and Hawaiian Coot.

The guides also take their role in keeping you safe on this tour seriously! My wife and I had a blast experiencing their tour first-hand recently … I’ve done quite a bit of rappelling but this was her first time. She listened intently during the instructions, which is a very good idea. This is not the time to “zone out” like the safety briefing given by a flight attendant on before your plane took off on the way to Hawaii. You do need to pay attention, not only for your own safety, but for your own personal enjoyment of the rest of the tour! The instruction given and demonstrations by were really an excellent introduction to the sport of rappelling and prepared participants well … both in teaching the important basics as well as encouraging people that “you really can do this … it isn’t hard.”

A few minutes later my wife practiced and did well on the dry wall, as did everyone else on tour with us that day. Off we scampered down the trail. It’s a short walk down (a little longer coming back up) but when you arrive at the waterfall the first thing that hits you is “Wow, that waterfall looks a LOT more than 60 feet tall!”

My wife on rope … not bad form for her first time to rappel

The rope was rigged for us to the left side of the main flow of water, and everyone did SO WELL rappelling “Dundee Falls” that we were given the opportunity to try it one more time … this time with the rope centered in the strongest part of the flowing water! Most of our group (including my wife and several other first-timers) bravely tackled the challenge! Their success was a testament to just how encouraging, informative, and safety-conscious the guides were … they ABSOLUTELY MADE the tour and were every bit as important to a quality tour experience as the beautiful waterfalls we were enjoying.

I highly recommend this event … but it isn’t for everyone. While I am convinced these guides are absolutely THE BEST at what they do, it is possible to experience cuts and scrapes if you slip. This may be stating the obvious, but ROCKS are HARD … if you smack yourself on one it is going to hurt. All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability recognizing that there are risks associated with this event. This is an adventure tour … it is NOT the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland. Far from it!

One other aspect I appreciated about this tour … it has a decidedly local flavor. Some Hawaii vacation activities feel very “corporate” and not very Hawaiian … but when you pull up to the Jungle Base Camp you are greeted by smiling wild boar heads, goat skulls, and various pelts … it almost feels like a hunting camp. A few people may be put off by this; if you are one of them don’t focus on that or allow it to offend you. It IS a part of local culture and these invasive animals have no place in the wildlife sanctuary dedicated to protection of native species.

Who’s this tour for? Teens, healthy non-excessive-fear-of-heights adults, and active, adventurous seniors in good physical condition … basically anyone who loves ziplining but is maybe looking for something a little more adventurous than that … and a LOT more hands-on.