Wailua River Kayak and Hike
Explore the lush Wailua River Valley on this Hawaiian-style eco-adventure. Once the home of the Alii (royalty), the Wailua River Valley is studded with ancient Hawaiian sights and ruins, like heiau (temples) and places of refuge. Start your tour with an easy-going, 2-mile paddle upstream on this calm river. Then pull your kayak ashore and hike through streams and rainforest to a secluded 120-foot waterfall. Hear the roar of the falls, feel the cool mist against your face, dip in the stream, and enjoy the lush forest. Return to your kayak and paddle back downstream to end your tour. The small, Hawaiian family-owned kayak company’s tours are low-impact eco-adventures that help preserve Hawaii’s natural environment.
My sister and I did this trip and just had a wonderful time. It is an easy kayak followed by a nice hike through beautiful Hawaiian tropical vegetation. Our guide Bo was great. He was fun and laid back, but also very professional. We had a great group and it was amazing how Bo brought us all together on the trip. Though it is a tour for tourists, it felt like a personal adventure.
Wailua River Kayak and Hike and More Nearby
174 Wailua Road, Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
- 4 miles of easy-going paddling on the Wailua River using tandem (two person), open-top kayaks
- 1.5-mile moderate hike through rainforest, wading through streams, traversing muddy trails and walking over a tree root system the size of a large SUV to the Uluwehi Falls (be ready to take a swim in the refreshing pool at its base, once deemed the "royal pool" by the Hawaiian Royal family)
People per Ticket:1 person
Safety Information:Instructional safety video is played while being transported "First Class" to the Wailua River; River has been given "Class Zero" status; Participants should be in good physical condition
More Rules:No pregnancies, bad backs, bad knees, or children under 5 years of age
Check-in Time:8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Meet Location:174 Wailua Road, Kapaa, next to Wailua Visitor Center at the corner of Hwy 580 (Kuamoo Road) and Hwy 56 (Kuhio Hwy)
Equipment Included:Kayak and equipment, dry bag and walking sticks
What to Bring:Water friendly shoes (no flip-flops), swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, snacks, beverages, picnic lunch and change of clothes
Guide Qualifications:All guides are Water Safety Instructed, as well as CPR and First Aid certified