Kayak Wailua is one of the best outdoor excursions when visiting the laid-back town of Kapa‘a on Kauai’s windward side. Since 1997, this mom-and-pop outfitter has rented single, double and triple kayaks to visitors who wish to voyage down the tranquil and placid Wailua River. However, the Kauai kayak tours led by knowledgeable guides is not only about the kayak because visitors will have a chance to hike and swim as they marvel at the natural wonders of Hawaii’s Garden Isle.
Garden Isle Adventures
To begin the trip, Kayak Wailua transports its guests by shuttle to the Wailua River Marina, then guests pack their belongings in dry sacks and hop in a kayak alongside their guides. Life jackets are not required; however, children younger than 12 years old must wear them.
Along the short two-mile waterway, the guides educate explorers about the flora and fauna encountered on the way while recounting tales of local legend and lore. The nautical excursion only lasts about an hour until the kayaks reach the trailhead which leads to the magnificently beautiful Secret Falls. The hike to the falls itself is just as tranquil as the river, although footing can be slippery when rainy weather arrives.
When you reach Secret Falls, everyone can take a refreshing dip in the splash pool beneath the cascade, so make sure you bring your swimsuit! After lounging for some time within the lush confines of the Wailua River Valley, everyone begins the return trip back home. The entire trip lasts approximately five hours from start to finish and it is perfect for all ages since it hardly requires any strenuous effort or physical activity.
Kayak Wailua Extra Amenities
In addition to providing one of the most memorable outdoor excursions in Kauai, Kayak Wailua also offers facilities that include changing rooms and showers. In fact, it is one of the only outfitters on the island that provides these types of amenities. Needless to say, after a long excursion under the sun and in the elements, a hot shower is an excellent way to end a trip on the river. If you are traveling in a large group, Kayak Wailua provides private tours with prior reservation for twelve or more people.
Located at 4565 Haleilio Road in Kapa’a, Kayak Wailua is right near the Wailua Shell Food Mart. The family owned business is open from Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) and there are six different excursions per day. Whatever time you choose, an excursion with Kayak Wailua is an unforgettable experience.
Your trip to Kauai will be filled with exciting excursions and more; all that’s left is to find the perfect place to stay on the island! Contact Princeville Vacation Rentals today to book a beautiful vacation home on Kauai!