Wailua River Kayak Tour in Kauai, HI

440 Aleka LoopKapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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An exciting Hawaiian adventure ideal for ages 5–75, Rainbow Kayak Tours of Wailua River – Kauai features four and a half hours of fun for the entire family to enjoy together. Guests can learn about the Wailua River’s history from one of the knowledgeable tour guides, kayak, and hike to the 120-foot Secret Falls, and dine on a Hawaiian-style lunch. This tour is available daily, excluding Sundays.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kapaa, Kauai Travel Experts
  • Hiking and kayaking tour duration: 4.5 hours.
  • Suitable for ages 5 to 75.
  • Hike to a 120-foot waterfall.
  • A Hawaiian style lunch is included.
  • Wear a swimsuit under your clothing and bring a light jacket.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Christie Shimabuku

Paddle up the Wailua River to a beautiful waterfall for a picnic lunch. Be sure wear a swimsuit to enjoy all the natural adventure of this attraction!

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from Rainbow Kayak Tours of Wailua River - Kauai
Welcome to the Wailua River's most "da kine" tour - Rainbow Kayak Tours. Paddle the majestic Wailua River, the original home of the first Hawaiians, who paddled 1500 miles from the Marquesas Islands to Kaua`i almost 1500 years ago. Hear the legends and learn about the flora and fauna of Kauai`s most sacred area. After paddling past numerous Heiaus (hallowed shrines), you will view ancient Kamokila Village. Soon you will come to the North Fork where you will paddle leisurely through the Garden Isle's most beautiful jungle river until you come to the trailhead for Secret Falls.

Enjoy a moderate hike through Kauai rainforest to an enchanting waterfall, which descends 80` into a natural pool surrounded by rocks and vegetation - made famous when it was featured in the opening scene of the popular television show, Fantasy Island. Inclement weather rarely stops this fantastic journey!

Check-in times: 7:15 am & 12:45 pm. The 4-1/2 hour trip includes lunch. Eat Hawaiian style after choosing ham, turkey, or vegetarian sandwiches plus beverage and chips.

Your expert Kauai guide can also answer many other questions about our beautiful island.

Rainbow Kayak is devoted to making your time with us the most interesting and fun of all the activities available on our beautiful island. Of course, we have a head start – we have the Wailua River. It's a good idea to book your trip with us in advance of arrival. We only take 12 people in the morning and 12 in the afternoon - 6 days per week.

What to Bring:
  • Comfortable shoes (hiking boots or sandals, water shoes, tennis or running shoes).

  • Light comfortable clothing.

  • Wear a swimsuit under your clothing.

  • Bring a towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and rain gear.

  • All visitors should carry an extra bottle of water while on the island.

  • You may wish to bring an extra set of clothes to leave in our van.

  • Bring the camera and your sense of adventure! (Each kayak has a watertight compartment.)

Physical Requirements:
  • Participants should be comfortable in the water, enjoy hiking and be in good physical condition. Expect about 4 miles of paddling and just over one mile of hiking. Trail conditions can be muddy and slippery at times.

  • No bad knees or bad backs.

  • Must be able to walk 1.5 miles & kayak 60-90 minutes.

  • To protect both of you, we cannot accept bookings for women who will be 20 weeks pregnant or more on the date of the tour.

Tours go out rain or shine.

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Dawn P
Portland, Oregon
"Kauai Kayaking"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Fun adventure! True Hawaiian experience. Lots of fun. Thank you to Dave our guide! You are So knowledgeable about the plants and animals. Great tips for the rest of our Kauai trip!
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Charlene N
"Best kayak, hiking, and waterfall.."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Kayak,hiking, and waterfall tour. Guide was amazing. Will definitely do again in the future. Keep up the great tours.
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John A
South Jordan, Utah
"Amazing Experience!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
My wife and I loved the 4-5 hours of kayaking and hiking with Rainbow tours. The views are fantastic and the whole experience is memorable. What made it special for us was Missouri-native tour guide Annie. She took care of the whole group, was knowledgeable, friendly, had good stories, and helped all parties. She is a unique soul and a huge asset to Rainbow. We would recommend this experience to friends and family!
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Lineville, Alabama
"Two adventures for the price of one"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
The kayak time on water was just enough for a fun outing. The more challenging part was the hike to the waterfall. This is where anyone with compromised mobility should not participate as there will probably always be very deep mud and very slick places to maneuver in addition to water crossings on slippery rocks. The guides are great but don’t assume that you’re walking along a nice wide jungle path.
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Staten Island, New York
"Amazing Hawaiian Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2017 NEW
My wife and I had a great time kayaking through the waters and of course the waterfall was amazing. Our guide Nathan was very friendly and knowledgeable in regards to all aspects of the tour along with great suggestions of places and restaurants to visit in Maui. Ps. Don't wear sandals.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rainbow Kayak Tours of Wailua River - Kauai

How long is the excursion?
Approximately 4.5 hours including kayaking and hiking.

When do tours operate?
Monday through Saturday.

When can I check-in?
Check-in occurs at 7:15 am and 12:30 pm each day. No other check-in times exist.

When should I book my kayak tour?
Booking far in advance, if possible, is highly recommended. With 12 people per tour and only 2 tours per day, this activity books up fast.

What should I wear?
All kayak tour participants should wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes, a bathing suit, light clothing, and a hat. Bring a towel, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If you prefer, you can bring a change of clothing to leave in the van during the tour.

Can I bring a camera?

What is included in the tour price?
The tour price includes 4 miles of kayaking, 1 mile of hiking, lunch, personal flotation devices, all equipment and accessories, and a professional guide.

What happens if it rains?
Tours operate rain or shine. In the case of extreme and/or dangerous weather, tours will be rescheduled.

What is the cancellation policy?

Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any reservations past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.

What are the health restrictions or limitations?
Women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant cannot participate. In addition, passengers must not have any existing or history of knee or back injuries. Participants must be able to paddle 4 miles and hike 1 mile.