Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour: Experience Hawaiian History & Abundant Marine Life
424 Ratings
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian history and explore the abundant marine life of Hanalei Bay on our kayak and snorkel tour. Perfect for families and adventure seekers!
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Hanalei Bay - Slip into Hanalei River from our own private dock. We will head down stream sharing history of the Hanalei river & getting comfortable in our kayaks before heading out into Hanalei Bay where we spend the majority of our time. There we check out our Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) before heading over to the beach where we will land our kayaks and take everyone out snorkeling (45 mins). Guides will share modern day reef ecology and point out what to look for while snorkeling. After snorkeling we provide a full deli style lunch, sit, hang out, & answer any questions you may have about our island. Our guides are born and raised here and take pride in sharing their island knowledge.
    This tour has an 8am check in time and runs from 8:30am-1pm. We will fit you for snorkel gear (you are welcome to bring your own full set of gear or a full set will be provided(no mix & match of gear). Full face masks not permitted on tour.
What's Included
  • Bottled water
  • Water resistant dry bags
  • Snacks
  • Double/Tandem Kayaks Required (Single kayaks provided for odd numbered groups)
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Full Face Snorkel Mask NOT Permitted
Additional Information

We are a family from Hawaii, deeply invested in imparting the profound heritage and traditions of Hanalei to you. Join us on our exclusive river-ocean combo tour, which starts from our private pier and leads you to an undiscovered beach. Discover the art of snorkeling in the pristine blue waters of the Pacific, encircled by an array of sea creatures. Alternatively, you can partake in interesting conversations, unwind on the beach or enjoy a meal or some snacks. This tour is ideal for families with children aged 5 and above.

  • Must be at least 5 years of age to participate
  • Free & ample public parking available
  • 1:1 adult to child ratio required for children under 12
  • Participants are welcome to use their personal snorkel gear with the exception of full face snorkel masks. Full Face Snorkel Masks are not permitted on tour. All participants are required to use a traditional 2 piece snorkel and mask set.
  • Pregnant travelers 30 months or less are welcome to participate
  • All participants must be in good physical health, can paddle on their own, & get in/out of kayak on their own without assistance
Kayak Hanalei
Kuhio Highway
Kayak Hanalei will be the second building on your right as you enter into Hanalei Town; just after The Dolphin Restaurant. There is ample parking in the front and back parking areas.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(424 Ratings)
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Apr 20, 2024
Gabe was great! - Gabe was our guide for the day. He was great! It was so thoughtful of him to take pictures and videos and share them with us. He had lunch for us, even brought his own coconut for everyone to have coconut water! Snorkeling was great and saw so many cool fish! He was a wealth of knowledge, and so funny! My kids really had a blast and have talked about what a great guide he was!
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Apr 12, 2024
Highly recommend this tour - Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Easy process from beginning to end. Beautiful scenery. Snorkeling had interesting marine life - we even swam alongside a turtle.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 7, 2024
Paradise on Hanalei Bay - A few things - 1) Great information about the island and its history/facts. 2) The snorkeling was incredible. 3) Our two hosts were fantastic. Their goal was to ensure their guests had a great time. The accomplished that goal and then some!!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 25, 2024
Great Family Fun in Hanalei - Great family excursion! Our group consisted of my husband and I with our 3 boys- ages 16, 13, and 10. Our tour guides Kilo and Gabe were awesome. The kayak requirements are mostly very mild - lazy river, stops for learning about Hawaiian history, and a short tenure in Hanalei Bay where the waves were larger but water was very shallow. The snorkel experience was low stress, great for beginners. We saw a sea turtle, an eel and several tropical fish. Picnic lunch was lovely and the guides were attentive and added bonus from them bringing some local foods for sampling. We would definitely recommend for a family experience.
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Mar 23, 2024
Perfect Day of Kayaking & Snorkeling - Kolo was a great guide with his knowledge & history of Kauai!! We had an amazing lunch on the beach while Kolo played the Ukelele & sang. Saw a Sea Turtle while we were snorkeling in Hanalei Bay. Also, Kolo showed us a baby octopus.
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Mar 22, 2024
A Gem Among Tours! - This tour is absolutely amazing! What we appreciated most was the relaxed, warm atmosphere created by our guide! The views along the river and bay were breathtaking, and we learned all kinds of Hawaiian lore along the way! The snorkeling was beautiful, easy, fun, and coordinated! We highly recommend the morning tour, bring a light wrap and towel plus a hat! The lunch is delicious, and of course, our guide made the day even more special with his ukulele playing on the beach! We chose several tours for our week, this one was our absolute favorite!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 22, 2024
Best guide!! - Our guide was impressive. Generational Hawaiian gave us a ton of history and ceremony. Treated us ALL like humans and NOT tourists. That was very refreshing for me traveling alone. Families and couples were catered to on my previous experiences, so this was great. Blew the shell, played ukulele and sang during lunch, and so full of knowledge that he NEEDED and wanted to share.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 22, 2024
Great Experience!!! - Had a wonderful experience kayaking and snorkeling and many thanks to our guide Cole who was super friendly with the entire team providing history of hanalei, Kauai, singing with Ukelele and guiding us riding the ocean wave etc. If you are visiting Kauai, i would highly recommend booking with them. Note: Personally, i am not that comfortable with water but had a great time the entire duration.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 19, 2024
A tour not to be missed. - The entire adventure was excellent! Fantastic tour guide! Beautiful scenery. Great equipment. Snorkeling was so fun the waters were beautiful, the fish and other sea friends were abundant and so colorful. Lunch on the beach was very nice especially being serenaded during the meal. Highly recommend this tour!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 13, 2024
Adventure and Hawaiian culture - The set up was very professional for check in, getting gear, and kayaking overview. Kolo, our guide, was very knowledgeable about Kauai’s history and you could tell he had a passion for his island. The kayaking was beautiful and easy. We also were given cards with fish we might see snorkeling and a bit about them from a Hawaiian perspective and that is one thing other trips snorkeling haven’t ever done, so unique. They had sand mats for us to use while we ate the provided (and very good) lunch on the beach after snorkeling. Kolo played the ukulele and sang Hawaiian songs while we ate. Wow! And we learned about how the mountains look like a dragon and the origin of the song Puff the magic dragon. Really it was quite an amazing tour. Kayak Hanalei is family owned and I recommend this tour while in Kauai!
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minimum 2 guests
up to 15 guests
2 Adult
May 2024