offers the only navigable waterways in the Hawaiian islands, perfect
for tranquil paddles to hidden waterfalls and secluded beaches.
Check out these quality guided kayak tours! This page features jungle kayak tours on Kauai's streams. For ocean kayaking along the Na Pali, see our Napali Coast Kayak page.
Wailua River Tour
5 Hour tour: $85 per adult; $60 for children 12 & under
most popular kayak tour on Kauai ... journey up the Wailua River for
an adventurous paddle, hike, and swim at Secret Falls. This
trip is offered by Kayak Kauai ... the island's premier kayak
outfitter. They have the best equipment including tandem kayaks with
rudders ... they have the best guides who are trained in water
safety and paddling instruction ... they will ensure that your trip
through the jungle is safe, fun, and memorable!
Secret Falls is an amazing place; one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii to which you can hike. The kayaking portion of the trip just adds to the allure! This waterfall is so tall you'll find it impossible to fit the whole thing in one picture. Thanks to wide angle lenses and the magic of Photoshop's "photomerge" feature, here is a composite photo that gives you an idea of just how majestic this place is! Click on the photo for a larger view.
The hiking to Secret Falls is not difficult at all when the trail is dry. It is about a 30 minute walk and the elevation gain is minimal. When the trail is wet and muddy it can certainly be slippery though. Given the uncertainty of the trail conditions we don't recommend this tour for children under 10 unless your kids are the avid, outdoorsy kind who don't mind falling in muck. Older adults should also consider whether the possible trail conditions are suitable for their level of physical activity.
in at the Kayak Kauai shop in Kapaa is at 7:45am for the morning tour or 12:15pm for the afternoon tour. Lunch and beverages are included. Not
available on Sundays or Holidays. Payment for this tour is required at the time the reservation is confirmed. Kayak Kauai will charge your credit card when you order this tour.
NOTE: We have had a pretty damp start to the summer season in 2014 and the Secret Falls trail conditions are pretty muddy this year. Please consider this when making a reservation for this tour.
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Lagoon ... guided
Hanalei River Tour
5 Hour AM tour: $95 per adult, $85 per child (12 & under)
Experience a guided tour
operated by Kayak Kauai along the scenic Hanalei River and
Bay Reef Lagoon. This safe family adventure highlights include
views of Bali Hai (Makana Peak), and the sweeping "South
Pacific" panorama. Watch birds, turtles, and snorkel with
colorful fish in a protected bay. Wade by a sandy beach. The
more adventurous can paddle out in a surf kayak. Perfect soft
adventure for all ages, couples and families. Come frolic in
these calm, clear tropical waters!
in at Black Pot Beach park (next to the pier) in Hanalei at 9:00am for the 5 hour morning tour. Lunch, beverages and snorkel gear are included.
Tour offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Payment for this tour is required at the time the reservation is confirmed. Kayak Kauai will charge your credit card when you order this tour.
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The Secret Falls Kayak is
available in the afternoon of day 1 for NCL passengers and requires
a cab ride of about 15 minutes, or we can
arrange a rental car for $38 per day including shuttle pickup at the
dock ... go to our rental
car page for more information.
The Blue Lagoon Kayak does not work with cruise ship itineraries.
Most kayaking in
Hawaii is done on the ocean, which at times can be rough and at
other times can be downright dangerous. Kauai offers the unique
opportunity to kayak NEAR the ocean on some jungle waterways. This
makes for a safe, tranquil outing ... and an opportunity to absorb
the sights, sounds, and smells of the jungle from a unique
kayaked before? No worries ... it isn't difficult at all to get the
hang of it. All the instruction that you need is provided. It
doesn't take a tremendous amount of effort to paddle ... you'll be
surprised at how easily you move through calm waters with very
of these tours are generally OK with children ... they don't have a minimum
age per se; parents know their kids and their capabilities. As a
general rule, these tours are fine for anyone who is of average
health and is comfortable in and around the water. The hiking on the Secret Falls kayak tour is not difficult ... it is about a 30 minute walk and there isn't a lot of uphill/downhill. You do however have to cross a stream bed with a rope to hold onto for balance. The trail itself is great when it is dry. It is slippery and a muddy mess following periods of rain. Be prepared to get wet and muddy on this tour, and parents should use their discretion for children under 10. If your kids are the outdoorsy kind who love to play in the mud they'll probably have a great time. If they are more comfortable playing in the game room than they are in the wilderness the trail might be too much for them in muddy conditions. The same warning should apply to older adults. This trail can be slippery ... not to the point that it is dangerous ... but if slipping and landing in a mud puddle is likely to break your hip, this tour would definitely not be a good choice for you.
a word of caution. River kayaking is a popular activity ... some
companies are better than others ... and some lure you with
discounts to get you to attend timeshare tours. We book with Kayak
Kauai because they are the best. In the summertime they even
outfit ocean expeditions of the rugged and wild Na Pali coastline.
This fine company was recently featured on the cover of National
Geographic Adventure magazine.