Wailua River Kayak & Hike: Family-Friendly Secret Falls Adventure
1,001 Ratings
Embark on a family-friendly adventure in Kauai, kayaking and hiking through the Wailua river valley to discover the enchanting Uluwehi falls, also known as Secret Falls. Immerse yourself in the sacred waterways and lush tropical forests while learning about Hawaiian history and legends.
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Wailua River - Kayak up the Wailua River and hike into the rainforest. Swim under a 100 foot waterfall called Secret Falls. Your guide will point out all the historic points of interest and fun facts along the way. It’s a 5 hour adventure that includes kayaking, hiking, swimming, being entertained by our wonderful guides and making new friends.
What's Included
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges included
  • Guided by a professional
  • Variety of activities offered
  • Use of backpack-style dry bag provided
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Drinking water
Additional Information

Embark on a guided adventure in Kauai that’s perfect for the whole family, involving kayaking across the riveting Wailua river valley and hiking to the Uluwehi falls, better known as Secret Falls. Our professional tour guide will accompany you as you paddle through some of Kauai’s most revered waterways and trek through its stunning tropical forest, weaving myths, legends, and snippets of Hawaiian history into the journey towards the Secret Falls.

  • We depart immediately after check-in so no late arrivals will be permitted
  • Not recommended for participants with recent back, knee or ankle injuries
  • No open wounds
  • Participants must be in good physical condition and able to hike approximately two miles through rocky, muddy and slippery terrain
  • Must wear shoes that are secure to your feet. No flip flops.
  • Please bring plenty of water.
  • Other recommended items to bring: swimsuits, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, snacks, and a towel.
  • Ziploc bags should be used for cell phones or cameras that are not waterproof
  • No alcohol
  • Check in starts 30-Minutes prior to start time, we depart on time and do not wait for late arrivals.
  • Not recommended for travelers with recent knee, ankle or back injuries
4-361 Kuhio Hwy
Kuhio Highway
Turn off KUHIO hwy into the shopping plaza with the green building which is across the street from the Shell gas station. Look for the STAND UP PADDLE shop and Dukes Kayak Adventures sandwich board next to it. Feel free to park nearby and your guide will meet you and take care of you from there.
Cancellation Policy

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

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Apr 14, 2024
Great trip - Loved the trip. Zach had lots of good insights and jokes! Will highly recommend to anyone visiting the area
Review provided by Viator
Apr 14, 2024
WAILUA RIVER ADVENTURE - Our guide Zack was terrific. Funny, helpful and informative. Kayaking was enjoyable but harder than it looks. The hike to the waterfalls was easy and the water was clean and refreshing to swim in I highly recommend this experience. Book with Zack at Duke's Kayak
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Apr 12, 2024
Fun adventure in Kauai - Great guide and beautiful scenery. Exceptionally wet weather only allowed us to kayak the river and not take the hike. Duke’s Kayak Adventures was honest and only charged us for a partial trip without us even requesting it. That’s impressive. I would highly recommend them.
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Apr 10, 2024
Unforgettable Kayaking Adventure with Breathtaking Views and Exceptional Guide - Our kayaking trip was an absolute delight, largely due to the stunning scenery and our wonderful guide, Zac. From the moment we set out, the views were simply amazing, offering a spectacular panorama of nature's beauty that seemed to evolve with every paddle stroke. The accompanying hike was just as impressive, providing an invigorating challenge and the reward of even more incredible vistas.
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Apr 9, 2024
Kayak and hike adventure! - Super fun adventure, the kayak and hike were far enough to feel like you accomplished something, but not so far that you were exhausted the next day. Zack our guide was super helpful and added so much information about the area. Great trip and one we would do again.
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Apr 7, 2024
Hawaiian Brian for the win - We had a fabulous time despite decidedly sketchy weather. Hawaiian Brian was a fabulous guide. Fun, friendly, professional and full of great historical knowledge.
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Apr 6, 2024
Great trip! - Our guide, Hawaiian Brian, was a delight and dealt well with our multi-aged family group, even though he was called in to sub at the last minute. He cut walking sticks for the older hikers, coached us through kayak handling, instructed us how to go through slippery mud so we wouldn’t slide, and kept us entertained the whole way! He also took great pictures of all combinations of family members at the falls!
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Apr 6, 2024
“Best Kayak/Hike Ever” - Entire trip! Excellent Guide and tons of insight along the way! Highly recommend Brian “Hawaiian” Safe trip down the river and the hike was great!
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Apr 9, 2024
Fun but a few things to know… - The waterfall was beautiful. We were there in the off season and yet there were still way too many people. The terrain is quite rocky (ankle breakers) and muddy and slippery. Don’t carry a lot of stuff with you as the dry bag gets heavy. We were hoping to learn about flora and fauna but that didn’t happen. I’d do it again but I’d change how I’d prepare for hiking part (I’d wear much better shoes - we wore water shoes.) Do not wear flip flops or sandals!! Overall it was worth it but remember that this excursion attracts a LOT of people in the on season.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 9, 2024
Worth the effort - Kayaking was wonderful. Not easy when with little ones. Guide and trip overall were wonderful. Guide was late 20 minutes though with no real apology which was frustrating.
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up to 12 guests
1 Adult
May 2024