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Kauai Kayak Tours

 

Kauai 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.

 


Secret Falls ... guided Wailua River Tour

5 Hour tour: $85 per adult; $60 for children 12 & under

The 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.

Check 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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Blue 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! 

Check 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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CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

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.

 

ACTIVITY TIPS

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 perspective. 

Never 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 gentle strokes. 

Both 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.

Just 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.

 

   

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Upon submitting your activity reservation for processing, we will make reservations for you and send an e-mail confirming all of the details. These confirmations are often sent a few minutes after your reservation, but some activities take longer to confirm than others. You will receive an e-mail confirmation by the end of the next business day at the latest. There are no tickets that you need to pick up prior to your event. Your e-mail confirmation will have all the details you need to check in and enjoy your selected activity. This saves you precious time when you arrive in Hawaii. 

Please be sure that you have typed your email address perfectly; an incorrect address will prevent you from getting your confirmation details, and we will have no way of knowing that you never received your confirmation. We cannot be responsible for errors that clients make which causes them to miss their tour. If you do not see your email confirmation within 24 hours please call us right away to check on the status of your order.

A credit card is required to finalize a reservation for these events. The tour operator will charge your credit card at the time the reservation is confirmed.

After making reservations, you may reschedule or cancel your activity up until 48 hours prior to its start (a few activities have 72 hour cancellation policies ... see your confirmation e-mail for details). Within 48 hours of the start of your activity all reservations are final and non-refundable (unless the event is cancelled by the vendor due to weather or other factors ... in which case you are refunded in full). Due to our incredible climate here, weather cancellations are rare.  No-shows and cancellations without adequate notice are charged in full on the credit card used to secure the reservation and are non-refundable.

 

 

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