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Wailua River

Highway 56, Wailua, Hawaii, 96746

The Basics

The best way to soak in the natural beauty of the Wailua River is from the water itself, and there are several options to do so. Many travelers paddle the waters by kayak; these trips often include a short hike to a waterfall for swimming. It’s also possible to explore by stand-up paddleboard or outrigger canoe. More comprehensive island tours sometimes include an open-air boat trip along the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, a spectacular lava rock cave surrounded by draping ferns. Those traveling by car can follow the north side of the river along Kuamoo Road (Highway 580).

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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
star-4.5
$125.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome adventure
The kayaking was amazing so was the waterfall but Brian our guide put it over the top. If you can request a guide I would definitely ask for Brian my youngest was in the kayak with him and had the time of his life definitely won’t forget this adventure
Carl_R, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

star-5
Tour guide of the Year
Elaine_C, Apr 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian is an excellent tour guide. He has a unique gift with the Flora and fauna Of Kawai. He is conscious of safety and he even sings Along the way. I appreciate his attention to detail and that he brought us safely there and back.
star-5
Great time!
Jennifer_C, Mar 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Perfect trip, good workout, beautiful waterfall, guide was informative, personable, and out safety first. Great trip!
star-5
Fun kayak/waterfall hike.
Dan_T, Mar 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
We had a great kayak/hike with Brian. He is very knowledgeable about the area, safety oriented and fun to be with (just don’t ask him to sing Madonna songs!). We swam at the base of the waterfall ands had a great trip.
star-5
Awesome adventure
Carl_R, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
The kayaking was amazing so was the waterfall but Brian our guide put it over the top. If you can request a guide I would definitely ask for Brian my youngest was in the kayak with him and had the time of his life definitely won’t forget this adventure
star-5
The waterfall is worth the work!!
Anthony_L, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Loved this tour! Kayak two miles on a beautiful river and then hike 2 miles through jungle to a stunning waterfall. Both are very do-able, with a few water crossings and some rocky areas on the hike, but mostly flat terrain. Our guide, Brian, was fantastic - he provided history about the river, the waterfall, the plants and birds, and was diligent about keeping the group safe. Highly recommend!
star-5
Lenchanko mini vacay
Kennydene_L, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Enjoyed this tour. Brian is definitely in his element. We’ll be sure to recommend this tour to our friends and family.
star-5
Our guide, Hawian Brian...
Greg_T, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Our guide, Hawian Brian made the trip totally awesome. Stories of Hawian history, botany, wildlife and of course kayaking experience made our trip an adventure & an educational experience. And the waterfall is AMAZING!
star-5
Worth the hard work.
Cindy_G, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
The falls were beautiful! The rowing was hard work, the hike wasn't too hard, and the end of the trail was worth it!
star-5
Definitely book this...
tczc4ngwtp, May 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Definitely book this early in the morning. We were the first ones up there. It was a great experience and Brian was an amazing guide
star-5
A unique and beautiful experience
Noelle_T, Apr 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
An awesome adventure! Brian was a fantastic guide.. it was worth the trek to the waterfall.. such a beautiful experience overall.
star-5
Great way to head up to the falls!
Ray_Q, Apr 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
“Hawaiian Brian” was an awesome tour guide.Fun information about the plants and Hawaiian history. We took our time and enjoyed the terrain. From some reviews I thought that it would be harder but that being said it was slippery in spots. Don’t forget to wear good shoes!
star-5
Great experience!
Thomas_H, Apr 2022
Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour on Kauai
Brian was a fantastic guide!! Made the excursion much more meaningful. Wonderful all around experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Wailua River offers outdoor recreation for a broad range of travelers.

  • Don’t forget to bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat, as not all portions of the river are shaded.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • All state park facilities are ADA accessible.

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How to Get There

The Wailua River enters the ocean on the island’s east coast, near the settlement of Wailua. Most visitors get to the river as part of a guided tour with included transportation from Kauai hotels.

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When to Get There

The best time for outdoor adventure in Kauai is in fall (September to November) and spring (April to June) when the weather is at its best. Expect frequent showers during the winter peak season (December to March).

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Cultural Significance of the Wailua River

The Wailua River is more than just a natural wonder. To ancient Hawaiians, it was considered one of the most sacred places on Kauai. At one time, seven differentheiau (temples) dotted its shores. Visitors can learn more at the Wailua Complex of Heiau, a National Historic Landmark and former hub of chiefly power.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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