Kauai Half-Day Tour: Kayak and Waterfall Hike with Rainbow Kayak Tours
601 Ratings

For two decades, Rainbow Kayak Tours has been offering guided excursions on the Wailua River. Our seasoned guides are knowledgeable about the local wildlife and vegetation, as well as the rich history of this remarkable location.

Duration: 6 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Wailua River State Park - Paddle the majestic Wailua River for 2 miles each way (4 miles total round trip), original home of the first Hawaiians, who paddled 1500 miles from the Marquesas Islands to Kauai almost 1500 years ago. Hear the legends and learn about the flora and fauna of Kauais most sacred area.
  • Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls) - After hiking 1 1/4 miles through the rain forest our guides will take clients to Secret Falls also known as Uluwehi Falls. This beautiful waterfall cascades 110 feet into a refreshing swimming hole, where they can go for a dip and enjoy a terrific lunch! You will then hike 1 1/4 miles back to your kayak (2 1/2 miles of hiking round trip). TRAIL CONDITIONS CAN VARY DEPENDING ON WEATHER. THERE WILL BE 4 RIVER CROSSINGS WITH LOOSE ROCKS IN RIVER BED THAT YOU WILL NEED TO CROSS ON YOUR TREK TO THE WATERFALL. AND KEEP IN MIND YOU WILL CROSS THEM ON THE TREK BACK AS WELL. FOOTWEAR IS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED IN WATER DURING YOUR ADVENTURE.

Bring Closed Toed Shoes / Reef shoes / Teeva Style Sandals

What's Included
  • Lunch included
  • Tandem kayaks with equipment
What's Not Included
  • Footwear - Bring Closed Toed Shoes / Reef shoes / Teeva Style Sandals. No Flip Flops or Crocs.
Additional Information
  • Recent surgeries or bad knees/ankels/hips.
440 Aleka Pl
Aleka Place
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746. We're located behind Coconut Marketplace in the Aston Islander on the Beach Hotel parking area next to Johnny'z Wingz N Tingz. You can check in at Snorkel Depot.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(601 Ratings)
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Mar 28, 2024
Our guide Thomas was... - Our guide Thomas was great! He was friendly and very knowledgeable about Hawaii history and plants. The presentation of our lunch with fauna and flowers was beautiful.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 26, 2024
Amazing ! - This was such an amazing experience. Reese was such a great tour guide and didn’t micro manage us and gave us freedom to explore . So much beauty to see.
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Mar 21, 2024
What a beautiful day! - Such a fun day! Kayaking was fun and the hike to the waterfall was pretty easy and the scenery was breathtaking. Annie, our guide, was so fun. She loves what she does and has such a vibrant personality. It’s hard not to love her!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 21, 2024
Perfect adventure - Such a great tour. Our guide was so experienced and made our trip so special. The hike is great and the waterfall is so cool. We loved every minute of it.
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Mar 21, 2024
Jungle Queen Annie! - If you want a great afternoon that involves a beautiful adventure to a waterfall. Rainbow Kayak tours has it ready for you. We went on this tour and it was one of the best I've been on while traveling. We were greeted by our amazing guide and jungle queen Annie. She was the friendliest person I've met in a long time. She gave us great information about the tour and what to expect. The tour itself was kayaking up the Wailua river, it was relaxing and not difficult. After we reached the docking area we hiked for about an hour to the waterfall. Annie stopped to give breaks and to talk about the area. The hike has some areas that involved climbing but they are navigable. Once we reached the waterfall we were provided with homemade turkey sandwiches which my kids claimed to be the best sandwiches they have ever had and fresh fruit. Annie also helped with taking photos and telling stories. I highly recommend this adventure with Rainbow Kayaking. They are a small business on the island and make you feel like family.
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Mar 20, 2024
Amazing hike! - Our guide, Reese, was awesome and made the trip enjoyable. We saw so much beautiful scenery along the way and he tought us about different plants and trees as well as areas where movies were made. The length of Kayaking and Hiking were just right and not too strenuous. The waterfall was amazing. The water was cold though so be prepared. :) Well worth the money!
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Mar 18, 2024
Very Nice Kayak Trip and Hike - We really enjoyed this kayak trip and hike. Such beautiful scenery. And the waterfall was gorgeous. Due to the rain, the hike was slippery in spots, so be sure to have good hiking shoes on and we would recommend walking sticks. We enjoyed the light lunch and Thomas, our guide, was great....very friendly.
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Mar 17, 2024
Thomas was fantastic and... - Thomas was fantastic and made the adventure fun. We worked together as a team and got a great workout before seeing the beautiful falls
Review provided by Viator
Mar 15, 2024
Good Excursion but Decently Technical - This excursion was fun but the description of what shoes to wear should state HAS to have tons of traction. I wore standard sneakers and the trail was extra muddy and slippery and I fell and was ok but our guide just left us behind and didn’t check to see if I was ok even when he was told I fell. Also on way back he walked so fast and didn’t realize other groups were getting between him and those of us near the back and just left us never checking to see if we were ok. Just felt he was more interested in talking than making sure we were good like the other guides were doing.
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Mar 12, 2024
Disappointing - I really thought this would be more enjoyable than it was. Unfortunately our tour guide barely gave instructions on good techniques on how to kayak effectively and was no where to be seen most of time when rowing. He wasn’t checking on anyones wellbeing at all. The kayak part was very long and doing this back and forth after the hike was exhausting and stressful. To top it off they expected us to help them pick up all the kayaks and equipment and stack them onto the trailer before we all left. I felt that it’s not our job after paying so much for a tour to have to pick up twelve kayaks and all the equipment to stack before we leave.. That left a bad taste in my mouth. C it was kinda putting everyone in an uncomfortable position to have to work after arriving back. We are paying guests. They need to figure that part out. The sandwiches were also kinda gross with no flavor. It was more a “follow me” type experience. For the price I would not recommend
Review provided by Viator
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up to 12 guests
1 Adult
April 2024