We have 6 different tour times to choose from Monday through Saturday. Tours begin at 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Check in 20min prior to your tour time. Each tour has a maximum of 12 people per tour**. You will be greeted by our friendly staff and given dry bags and coolers to pack your belongings. After you have checked in, our guide will conduct an orientation with safety tips and paddling instruction. This activity is recommended for all ages. Many of our kayakers are 1st timers.
We then transport you in our new van across the river to the Wailua River Marina… about a two minute drive. The kayaks are outfitted and launched for you. Attach your dry bag and nylon cooler to your kayak and off you go with your guide. Couples usually kayak in a double. If you have an odd number of people in your party we also offer the option of triples and singles. We provide life jackets for all ages and sizes. Wearing them is only required for age 12 yrs and younger.
Our friendly experienced guides all know the river from top to bottom. They all love their job and are always eager to share their extensive knowledge of history, legends, and interesting stories about the Wailua River Valley. They can identify for you all of the flora and fauna that you encounter along the way. The guides have an abundance of information regarding hiking trails, camping spots, great local restaurants, and other popular outdoor activities. There is plenty of time spent at Secret Falls to learn about the Garden Island.
The paddle upstream to the trail head where the kayaks are secured is about 45 minutes. You carry your dry bag and cooler the short 35 minute walk/hike to Secret Falls. The king’s pool at the base of the falls is a great place to swim and cool off. Few places in the world are better for enjoying a “b.y.o.” (bring our own) picnic lunch and photo taking after a refreshing swim. After languishing in paradise and soaking up nature, we begin the trip back to civilization.
A typical round trip averages 4 1/2 hours including paddling, hiking, swimming, and picnicking. We do have occasional rains, especially during the Winter months. Our tours are seldom canceled unless the rain is heavy and sustained. Light rains are always welcome while paddling. After returning to the Marina, we shuttle you back to your rental car. We are the only company that provides a changing room and shower (equipped with soap) to rinse off after the tour before going on to your other activities or dinner reservations.
Note on Early Bird Special:
Early bird special is not available during all holiday weeks including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and Monday thru Thursday from June 1, 2020 thru August 23, 2020
The Department of Land & Natural Resources requires that all kayak companies including tours and rentals close on all Sunday’s to provide residents an opportunity to enjoy the Wailua River and waterfalls without commercial activity. All weekdays and Saturday’s are always open even if a holiday occurs on one of those six days.
**If your group size exceeds 12 people we can arrange a private tour for you, please call for details.
Triple – (Maximum capacity 850 pounds / 385.56 kg) This boat can fit 3 full sized adults and can also be rigged with a rear facing fourth seat for a small child making it a quad.
Double +1 (small child) – (max capacity 750 pounds / 340.19 kg) This kayak can be used as a double for added leg room and stability or used as a triple for two adults and a small child under 60 lbs.
Double – (Maximum capacity 600 pounds / 272.16 kg) Fits two average sized adults.
Single – (Maximum capacity 450 pounds / 204.12 kg)
What to Bring:
Wear a swimsuit under light clothing that you won’t mind getting wet & muddy
Footwear that strap securely to your feet with toe protection and that you won’t mind crossing streams in or stepping into mud puddles. (example: keens, old tennis shoes, or sturdy water shoes with a draw string that tighten around ankle) *flip flops & crocs are NOT allowed