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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