Kayaking the Wailua River ©Gelston Dwight
Kayak or SUP the Wailua River to a Hidden Waterfall!
The Wailua River is the largest navigable river in all of Hawaii. It is gorgeous and tranquil, rated a grade zero, so no rapids or strong currents. This makes it the perfect place for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. There are several options for guided tours where you will navigate approximately two miles up the river, park your kayak and take a moderate hike through the jungle to an extremely beautiful waterfall called “Secret Falls”. If you are experienced and willing to brave the river without a guide, there are many options to rent a kayak by the hour or the day.
Stand-up paddling is the newest craze sweeping the island, a fun way to get on a board for the first time. Stand-up paddle boards are bigger and wider than most surf boards, allowing almost anyone to be able to stand up with ease. You are given a paddle to navigate your way through the water and try to catch waves if you are brave enough. The Wailua River offers a great place to try stand-up paddling for the first time, with no waves or currents; you can get the feel for it before venturing into the ocean.
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Paddle the majestic Wailua River for 2 miles, home to the first Hawaiians who came from the Marquesas Islands to Kauai almost 1500 years ago. Hear the legends and history, as well as learn about the flora and fauna of Kauai’s most sacred area. Hike 1 mile through lush jungle trails to Secret Falls, a 125 foot fall that descends into a refreshing pool. Enjoy a picnic deli lunch eaten Hawaiian style and a cool dip before heading back down the trail and river.
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