GUIDED WAILUA RIVER KAYAK TOUR
Reservations: Spots are reserved per person. One spot left on the calendar means one more person can book.
Groups: If your group size exceeds 12 people, we can arrange a private tour for you. Please call us for details.
Experience a Peaceful Kayak Tour & Explore Wailua Waterfall
Discover the wonder and beauty of the Wailua River on an unforgettable guided tour that includes kayaking, hiking, and swimming under a waterfall. No prior kayaking experience is needed to enjoy this adventure, which is recommended for all ages. Many of our kayakers are first-timers!
We have six different tour times to choose from Monday through Friday. Tours begin at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. Check in 20 minutes prior to your tour time. You are greeted by our friendly staff and given dry bags and coolers to pack your belongings. After you have checked in, our guide conducts an orientation with safety tips and paddling instruction.
We then transport you in our new van across the river to the Wailua River Marina, about a 2-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 kids aged 12 years 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 with you. 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. We spend plenty of time at Secret Falls, where you can learn about the Garden Island.
We paddle upstream for about 45 minutes to the trail head where the kayaks are secured. 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 BYO (bring our own) picnic lunch and taking photos of the stunning views after a refreshing swim. After languishing in paradise and soaking up nature, we begin the trip back to civilization.
A typical round trip averages 4.5 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.
Triple – (Maximum capacity 850 pounds/385.56 kg) This boat can fit three 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) – (Maximum 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 pounds.
Double – (Maximum capacity 600 pounds/272.16 kg) Fits two average-sized adults
Single – (Maximum capacity 450 pounds/204.12 kg)
- Wear a swimsuit under light clothing that you won’t mind getting wet and muddy.
- Footwear that straps 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 and Crocs are NOT allowed
- Food and beverages
- Towels (recommended one per two people)
- Sun protection (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen)
- Mosquito repellant