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.
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