Secret Falls Kayak Tour

Secret Falls Kayak and Waterfall Hike

Secret Falls Kayak Tour paddling in Wailua River

The journey begins with an easy paddle up the Wailua River

Secret Falls Kayak Tour Wailua River

The stream narrows as you head deeper into the rain forest

Secret Falls Kayak Tour hiking trail to Secret Falls

The hike begins where the stream gets too shallow for paddling!

Secret Falls Kayak Tour at the Secret Falls

The rainforest hike brings you to beautiful Secret Falls!

Secret Falls Kayak Tour refreshing in the waterfall pool

What a magical place to go for a refreshing swim!

Secret Falls Kayak Tour waterfall shower

The most invigorating shower you will ever take!

COVID-19 AVAILABILITY UPDATE: The Secret Falls kayak tour is currently operating on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It will start operating Monday through Saturday starting in mid April..
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Secret Falls … guided Wailua River Tour  The most popular kayak tour on Kauai … journey up the Wailua River for an adventurous paddle, hike, and swim at Secret Falls. The Secret Falls Kayak Tour 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 Kayak Tour

Secret Falls Kayak Tour

The hike to Secret Falls is a relatively modest 30 minute stroll in dry conditions and there is minimal elevation gain. Following periods of rain the trail can be muddy and VERY slippery and it becomes more challenging. Children are welcome on this tour, but parents should know their children and how they would do in potentially muddy conditions and exercise discretion. Older adults for whom slipping and falling in a mud puddle could cause an injury should also evaluate if this is the right tour option for them.

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.

General Information

Schedule: Monday through Saturday at 7:45am for the morning tour and 12:15pm for the afternoon tour. (closed on Sundays)

Duration: 5 hours

Check in: Kayak Kauai shop at the Wailua Marina

GPS: 3-5971 Kuhio Highway, Building 3, Kapaa, HI 96746 Click to view map

Tour includes: Lunch (turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, veggie or gluten free) and beverages

Gear Provided: Double sit on top kayak, life jackets, water resistant bags, walking sticks

Reservations: 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 (VISA and MasterCard only).

Restrictions: Minimum age is 5.  Participants need to be in moderate shape for 5 hours of hiking on uneven terrain and comfortable paddling in deep water.

What to Bring & Wear: Bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, light shirt, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  extremely muddy and slippery with the off and on rain we have been having. Please inform guests of this when they are booking.  Due to the conditions, please wear tennis shoes. They will get wet and muddy but they will provide the best comfort for the trail conditions. Water shoes work but in some of the deep mud patches they end up coming off your feet.  They do not have water/tennis shoes for rent, and only a limited stock of water shoes for sale.

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

Note:  Hiking on this tour can be very muddy and slippery in spots. Waterfall flow can vary from a trickle to a rushing cascade. Kayaking is on the gentle Wailua River. For ocean kayaking along the Na Pali – see our Napali Coast Kayak page.

Secret falls kayak tour
Cruise up the Wailua River
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Hike to the amazing Secret Falls

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The Secret Falls Kayak is available in the afternoon of day one for NCL passengers and requires a cab ride of about 15 minutes, or we can arrange a rental car including shuttle pickup at the dock.


Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Most kayaking in Hawaii is done in 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 rain forest 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.

While children are OK on the Secret Falls tour (they don’t have a minimum age per se) the tour operator does recommend that children under 10 should only participate if the parents are confident that their kids can do hiking in muddy conditions. The same warning applies to older adults. If you are in good health and do well outdoors, you’ll likely do fine on this trail. If you are subject to injury if you were to slip and fall in the mud, this isn’t the right tour 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 kayak expeditions to the rugged and wild Na Pali coastline. This company was recently featured on the cover of National Geographic Adventure magazine.

If you’re looking for more of an adventure than river kayaking, check out our Na Pali Kayak tour!  It is a 17 mile trek along the Na Pali coast.