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“What an Adventure!”
Review of Kayak Wailua

Kayak Wailua
Ranked #1 of 50 Tours in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our kayaking/hiking guided tour adventure is one of the few activities which can be enjoyed by all members of your family including grandma and grandpa. We invite you to read our 2000+ reviews; then check availability and reserve space at our website linked here on Trip Advisor.
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Great active way to spend a day and experience wild Kauai. We went the day after four straight days of rain, so the hike was properly muddy, but Kayak Wailua and their great staff properly prepare you for and inform you about everything you need to know for this trip. And I loved the mud. I think they could sell this as a mud hike adventure it was so fun.

Tip: even after their feet were already muddy, a lot of people were still trying to avoid mud. They were going slower and putting themselves at risk of slipping and falling. Just embrace the mud. Be the mud. The safest & most stable line is right down the middle of the mud. Your feet & ankles get muddy. Big whoop. Go with it and have fun!

Another tip: Kayak Wailua’s website, in the FAQ section, cites Keens as an example of good foot wear for this trip. But the moment you get there, the guides steer you away from Keens, and for good reason. The mud gets in a little too easily, and there are little rocks. I spent the whole day in Keens and was fine, but I’d recommend bringing an old pair of running or hiking shoes that will forever after be stained brown to some degree, or use their free loaners.

Finally, a big shout out to our guide, Brandon, who was super knowledgeable, very funny, and full of what he called useless facts about Hawaii that are actually very interesting. It was really nice to have a guide tell us what is good, bad, and show us the best way to the falls, and back to the boats and home.

Btw, you are kayaking on the river the sea plane takes off from in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The whole river valley feels very Raiders / Jurassic Park. Very enjoyable.

Have fun!

Thank scottkoz
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Our family of 5 with varying kayaking is experience did this tour today on "the wettest day of the year.” Lisa and Shana were our guides and both did a fantastic job, were patient, provided lots of information and good tips to make the day perfect. They provided free loaner shoes which we were happy about. We brought our own water shoes but with the mud, sturdy shoes were helpful. The views at Secret Falls were so worth all the slipping and sliding in mud! We highly recommend using Kayak Wailua and recommend the early tour before it gets too crowded. Thank you!

Thank Stacey G
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to be a little adventurous while Honeymooning in Kauai. We could not have picked a more perfect activity to partake in! First of all, it was a 3 minute walk from our stay. Our tour guide Lisa, was not only knowledgeable about the river and mountainous range, but had a positive and wonderful personality. She took her time to teach us the ins and outs of kayaking and how to easily deal with the very muddy mountainous terrain. You cannot beat the surrounding scenery. Most importantly there's no better staff to do business with. Everyone we interacted with was very kind and accommodating from start to finish! P.S if your coming during this time of year be sure to bring an old pair of sneakers you don't mind Getting muddy or leaving behind as it is extremely muddy on the trail! If not, don't worry. They have plenty of shoes on the property to borrow.

Thank Rashelle T
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and 10 year old daughter did this tour and had a blast! Lisa, our tour guide, was so nice, informative and really made the experience! From beginning to end, we had a terrific time and a memorable adventure. Definitely use their loaner tennis shoes because the mud is intense but fun and highly recommend doing the morning tour.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Our Family had an amazing adventure with Kayak Wailua. The journey and experience was far beyond our expectations. Our guides James and Reed were welcoming, informative and great company. James taught my girls words in Hawaiian and they loved sharing stories with him. Would do it again and recommend to all my friends!!!

Thank Mona K
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