Kayak Tours on Kauai are a popular way to explore the Wailua River and Secret Falls, the Hanalei River and estuary  and the Huleia . Explore the Napali Coast during the summer months for a open ocean kayak adventure. Unlike the other Hawaiian islands Kauai has many rivers and jungle lined estuaries to explore. There are three main rivers that you are able to kayak and explore on Kauai. It is advisable to book well in advance as this is one of the most popular tours on Kauai.

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The Wailua River will lead you from the mouth of Wailua Bay pass the Fern Grotto and to the secret falls. Guided tours on the Wailua River are some of the most popular tours. The calm waters and lush surroundings is a fun way for visitors of all ages. The most popular tour up the Wailua River will be led by a  professional guide who will share the history about the area as you hike to Secret Falls for a swim and a lunch.

The Hule’ia River in Nawiliwili will take you pass the Menehune Fish Ponds, a spectacular venue for birdwatching. Tours up the Huleia river can be done on single or double tour lead kayak trips. The Hule’ia is the location of many Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Arc.

On the North Shore kayak up the Hanalei River Valley, an established wildlife refuge protecting the endangered Koloa (Hawaiian duck), Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian stilt, and the Hawaiian hoary bat. Hanalei Wildlife Refuge is encircled by waterfall-draped mountains and beautiful taro fields grown by local farmers, a practice that stretches back more than 1,200 years in the valley.

For the adventurous traveler an open ocean kayak trip along the Na Pali Coast is tops the list and is considered the “Mount Everest of Kayak Trips” and should be booked well in advance.