Embark into the heart of the Kauai jungle on a kayaking and hiking adventure. You'll paddle along the Wailua River, then continue another mile on foot to a spectacular 100-foot-tall waterfall. A picnic lunch awaits you, as well as ample time to cool off in a local swimming hole and savor the surrounding valley's lush rainforest scenery, such as tropical plants and streams. Your guide will offer plenty of details about the Wailua Valley, including its unique botanical offerings and the ancient cultures who thrived here, throughout the day.
Kayak and hike adventure on the Wailua River
Short hike in the breathtaking tropical rainforest surrounds
100 foot waterfall
History of Kauai
Stunning tropical scenery and views
Learn about the natural history of Kauai
Close encounters with birds and aquatic life
Lunch, snacks and beverages
Deluxe two-person kayak
Dry bag/day pack
Lunch, snacks and beverages
Hotel pickup and drop off
Meeting And Pickup
230 Kipu Rd
230 Kipu Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
Outfitters Kauai Kipu Ranch Headquarters
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum of 4 passengers required for tour departure. Maximum of 12 passengers per tour
One guide for approximately every 8 - 12 passengers
Not wheelchair accessible
Nature Walk is approximately 1 mile each way in typically muddy conditions
Kayaking is 60-90 minutes each way
Lunch and refreshments: Cold spring water and juices, a delicious picnic lunch of a turkey sandwich, carrots, and a brownie (menu subject to change without notice)
Items to bring: Swimwear, footwear with an aggressive tread pattern and that can get wet (i.e. Teva-type sandals or aqua socks), towel, sunscreen, insect repellant, waterproof camera
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Minors must be accompanied on tour by a parent or guardian.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 51 reviews
Beau_B, Sep 2023
Ryker was the best guide. He made the experience more fun. Kayaking was tough but satisfying. The hike was beautiful. Waterfall was amazing. Cold water, but gorgeous.
Awesome Family Activity in Kauai!
Autumn_L, Jul 2023
We had Ryker as our guide and he was phenomenal! He was very patient and attentive with each person in our group - we are a family of 5 with an 18 y/o, 15 y/o and 11 y/o. He was also very knowledgeable about the plants, wildlife, hiking trail and even gave us recommendations of places to go and things to see in Kauai. He made it an awesome experience for everyone!!
Great time with the best guide!
Reanna_B, Aug 2022
We had the best time! Our guide K-man was the absolute greatest. So knowledgeable about the island and flora/fauna but also just a great guy. He balanced humor with knowledge perfectly and was so attentive to everyone on the tours needs. 100% recommend this tour and try to get K-man if you can!
-Reanna and Chris
Jessica_P, May 2022
This was a fun trip. Just know there are many different tours all going and coming at similar times.
The kayaking was good, and the short hike is moderate. It is not hard, but it isn’t exactly easy as there are some rocky spots.
The tour guide had good knowledge about the plants which was interesting.
PattiM_S, Apr 2022
It was definitely very challenging kayaking and challenging hiking but well worth it to the waterfall!
CHRISTOPHER_L, Apr 2022
Wonderful trip hosted by a friendly guided tour. Lunch was great and had enough to get us through the day. Highly recommend ! The views are one of a kind.
Cool with an awesome guide
Chad_V, Mar 2022
Our tour guide (Tegan we think, sorry!) Was excellent! This experience showed so much beauty beyond the beaches of Hawaii. The cool water waterfall was a nice treat after the hike!
Great nature trip
Catherine_G, Feb 2022
Fun, scenic combo of kayaking & a jungle walk. Mitch was a great guide. The brownie at lunch was awesome 😎
Perfect day exploring
Jayson_G, Aug 2021
This paddle/hike was a super experience for both myself and my wife. We had the most amazing tour guides. Hawaiian Brian was so knowledgeable about the land, language and culture; we loved hearing all about it and learned to appreciate the land we were using. He was also generous with offering to take pretty great photos of each group in our party. Ross the Boss was attentive to all in our party and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know what we were passionate about and connecting with each of us. He shared stories about the islands, shared info and points of interest along our drive, discussed other great hiking trails on the Islands and told lots of dad jokes. This experience was a fairly easy paddle and hike to a great waterfall/pool; I’d recommend it to everybody. There was plenty of water provided and the packed lunch was delicious and plentiful. The timing of the whole experience was perfect to allow our group ample time at the waterfall without being over crowded! ** We hope Hawaiian Brian was able to recover his phone. 🤞🏼
An awesome way to experience the Kauai jungle and falls!
Amy_P, Jul 2021
Saber was a great tour guide and this 5 hour adventure is the best way to enjoy the beautiful river views, get a little workout, enjoy a hike (it WILL be wet and muddy, so prepare!) and see one of the most beautiful waterfalls you'll ever see up close. Saber will make sure to take a great panoramic picture for you at the falls! Small enough group that it didn't feel unwieldy. Definitely recommend doing this adventure!
Meeting the group at the launch site...
Matthew_L, Oct 2017
Meeting the group at the launch site was confusing we were asked to park well away from the boat ramp at an unrelated business to meet the driver who had us get in the van to drive to the other end of the parking lot together. The guide was nice, but we had to pull information instead of having it provided. Seeing ducks wag their tails at the excitement of pending feeding was novel, but should a guide really be demonstrating feeding wild animals? Beyond that, the beautiful waterfall destination was very crowded at one point we counted 6 different tour groups bathing.
This was an unbelievable experience...
Bonne_B, Aug 2016
This was an unbelievable experience, and worth every cent. The Kayaking was a first time event for the three of us, and the climb to this breathtaking waterfall was not to be missed. This had to be our favorite event of our time in Kauai. Thank you to our wonderful guide Tristan, who took such good care of us, We will be back
Great Kayak down a beautiful river...
Oliver B, May 2016
Great Kayak down a beautiful river with a nice cool dip at Kauai's secret waterfall over packed lunch. The paddle home was pretty strenuous for us against the current and wind, but everybody made it safely.
Breathtaking! Elvis was great, we...
Joe A, Mar 2016
Breathtaking! Elvis was great, we traveled as a family...kids still saying, well...Elvis said....
This tandom kayaking and hike trip...
Larry K, May 2015
This tandom kayaking and hike trip up the Wailua River and the Valley of the Kings was very enjoyable and quite stunning. The guide was very informative regarding the extended history of the Hawaiin people and their habitation of the area.The adventurous walk on the jungle path was beautiful.
We had a great time! Great tour by...
Susan K, Jan 2012
We had a great time! Great tour by Adam! The company was very friendly and accommodating. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because there were so many other groups going to the waterfall at the same time. It was overcrowded when we arrived and paddling back. Overall a great tour.
We were picked up at our Hotel by our...
Mike D, Oct 2010
We were picked up at our Hotel by our guide Kevin. He had lunches and extra drinks packed in waterproof bags as advertised. THe trip was great! Kayak trip was about 2 miles, very pleasant. The hike to waterfall was only a couple of miles as well. Kevin was very knowledgeable about local flora and history. Waterfall was gorgeous. Trip out was great too. We did not need our bug spray, Overall trip rating 5 stars!
Our tour guide was amazing! His...
Eric R, Oct 2006
Our tour guide was amazing! His personality made the whole day fun! My wife and I have never kayaked before, and this first experience was awesome. Food was great. The guide made this adventure an educational experience and also took out time with each couple.