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Kauai: Wailua River Kayak & Hiking Tour to Secret Falls

1. Kauai: Wailua River Kayak & Hiking Tour to Secret Falls

Your guided kayaking tour will begin as you check-in at the store front to sign your waivers, grab a bottle of complimentary water, and gear up for the kayak and hiking adventure. You will also be provided with a dry-bag to put all your personal belongings in to keep everything dry on the hike. From here, your group will head out with your professional guide to the Wailua River for an epic kayaking and hike adventure. You will paddle the majestic Wailua River, which is the only navigable river in Hawaii. This peaceful river winds through a tropical garden paradise of abundant palms, ferns, flowers and wildlife. Not only will your guide show you the pristine and natural wonderment of the Wailua River, but they will also teach you about the rich history of the area. Soon you will come to the North Fork where you will paddle leisurely through the Garden Isle’s most beautiful jungle river until you come to the trail head for Secret Falls. Here, you will dock up your kayak before heading out on a moderate hike through the Wailua Rainforest, the original home of the first Hawaiians. These original explorers of the island paddled from the Marquesas Islands to Kauai almost 1,500 years ago. You will hear about the legends of Hawaii and learn about the flora and fauna of Kauai’s most sacred area. Hike through Kauai rainforest to the beautiful Secret Falls. The final portion of your hike is to the enchanting Uluwehi Waterfall, which descends 125 feet into a natural pool surrounded by rocks and rainforest. You can take a refreshing dip and play in the pool while your guide prepares your picnic lunch for you and your crew. ** Please note this is not a private tour. This tour takes place in Wailua State Park and is visited by other companies as well as local patrons daily. When booking, please select a sandwich option: • Turkey & cheese sandwich: fresh baked local bread, turkey, cheese and lettuce • Ham & cheese sandwich: fresh baked local bread, ham, cheese and lettuce • Veggie sandwich: fresh baked local bread, cheese, lettuce , tomato, avocado and sprouts • Turkey lettuce wrap: turkey and cheese on a gluten free lettuce wrap • Ham & cheese lettuce wrap: ham and cheese on a gluten free lettuce wrap • Veggie on lettuce wrap: cheese, tomato, avocado and sprouts on a gluten free lettuce wrap (Vegan options of no cheese are available by request, all condiments are served on the side)

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

2. Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and the lush Waimea canyon. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land, by water. Your day starts as your tour guide picks you up on Kauai's North or East Shore. The comfortable, air-conditioned touring van offers large viewing windows on all sides for you to admire the beaches, mountains, and waterfalls. Arrive at the Wailua River and step aboard a spacious open-air riverboat for a leisurely journey to the Fern Grotto landing. A short walk through the rainforest brings you to one of Kauai's geological wonders, where ferns grow upside down in a natural amphitheater of lava rock – the perfect location to be serenaded and entertained by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. 

Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

3. Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

Experience an unbeatable surfing experience while drenched in the sunshine of Kauai’s iconic Poipu Beach. This beach boasts a series of golden sand crescents and crystal-clear waters perfect for all ocean activities. Whether this is your first time catching waves or you would like to take your skills to the next level, this course will be customized to your needs. Learn to surf from Rochelle Ballard, world-renowned pro surfer, and her elite professional team, who will encourage you every step of the way as you hone your skills. Delight in their proactive approach to identifying areas for improvement, while also taking the time to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Your world-class coaches will share their knowledge and expertise of wave riding, understanding swells, waves, and reefs to ultimately help you improve your surfing ability.

Kauai: Personalized Standup Paddle and Yoga Session

4. Kauai: Personalized Standup Paddle and Yoga Session

Whether you are gliding on the quiet Kauai bay waters or floating along the tranquil Wailua River, your stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and yoga adventure will offer a tranquil experience for body and mind. SUP, said to have originated in Hawaii centuries ago, is a growing water sport that provides a relaxing experience while challenging your body. Your seasoned instructors will customize your day to your experience level, guiding you safely to the most serene waters for an SUP tour followed by a hatha yoga flow and meditation session. Soak up the breathtaking setting and learn to embrace the element of water surrounding you while you focus on your balance, core, and serenity.  Feel the ebb and flow of the water underneath you as you start with a leisurely paddle to warm up your muscles. Along the way, you might even encounter turtles, dolphins, and whales in the beautiful waters of Kauai (for ocean lessons). Next, get ready to take your yoga practice offshore and settle into a hatha yoga flow while you skim the surface of the water. Your instructor will guide you through poses that will help you enhance your balance and strengthen your muscles. Sync your movements with each breath and begin to wind down with a meditation session on your board. Finish your experience with a peaceful meditation to calm your mind and expand your consciousness.

Kauai: Private Yoga Session with Certified Instructor

5. Kauai: Private Yoga Session with Certified Instructor

Connect with the elements around you, centering your mind, body, and spirit in a restorative and powerful yoga flow. Get hands-on attention from an expert instructor who will correct your structural alignment, transitioning through different asana (yoga poses) to heighten your awareness. Whether you are a beginner or sharpening your skills, the experience will be catered to your ability level. Sink your feet into the earth or find your zen at the studio as you learn specific techniques to help develop muscular strength, endurance, and mobility. Let your attentive instructor teach you PNF, a specific approach to strengthen, lengthen, and relax your limbs. Listen as your instructor explains the importance of certain poses and how to practice them correctly.   Release tension and revel in the calming yet powerful energy flowing through the entire session. Learn new Mantras to enhance your spiritual growth and lighten your path. Practice self-massage techniques and take the time to be in your own space, developing your own personal practice. End your class feeling renewed, refreshed, and in touch with your inner power.

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What people are saying about Wailua River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 82 reviews

Loved it the falls was beautiful but 2 miles in and 2 out u need to be strong but I would do again it was hard going across the river the footing was hard but seeing the falls great if anything coming back I would took my time and took in the scenery

Short, but challenging hike. Good amount of time spent kayaking, so bring sunscreen. Nathan was our tour guide, and was excellent! Very knowledgeable and easy going.

It was totally awesome! Gabriel was wonderful! He was very helpful and made the trip very fun. I would totally do again. Thanks Gabriel

Excellent in every way ! Erickson was our guide and was phenominal! 5 star all the way!

Very informative and interesting to learn local lore and history.