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Kauai Kayaking is a great way to explore Kauai's interior.


his "Kayaking on Kauai" section of our website is very popular. With a certain degree of astonishment we are always stunned by the amount of interest people have in taking a Kauai kayak adventure. The reason for our amazement here at Tom Barefoot's Tours is that we have nowhere near the amount of curiosity and interest regarding kayaking tours on any other island. The reason of course is obvious: the kayaking tours here on Kauai are so much different. We bring this to your attention now before you begin reading further about this fun and exciting activity because we want you to pay a bit of focused attention to these kayaking tours. Visitors totally enjoy and appreciate these kayak in Kauai adventures primarily, as you will see, because they are unique when compared to any other kayak tours throughout the entire state!
The one great advantage Kauai has that none of the other Hawaiian islands have is that it has an abundance of navigable rivers. With these rivers comes the opportunity to go river kayaking and these river kayaks open up some other opportunities as well. Not only will you be able to paddle a kayak up one of Kauai's gentle and meandering rivers but since these rivers cut right through the dense and luscious jungles your Kauai kayak tour will deliver you on one of its scenic rivers into the very heart of Kauai. This would be unavailable to you with any other form of transportation. Once you've arrived in the interior of the island with your Kauai Kayak tour you'll be able to take a hike further in if you'd like, in many cases to a beautiful waterfall and pool.

As you are probably aware, paddling yourself up a Kauai river on kayak and finding yourself in the midst of a triple-canopy jungle on Kauai is an experience that, in no uncertain terms, will alert you to the fact that you're "not in Kansas anymore". Kauai's volcano's have been extinct for over 5 million years and since Kauai is considered to be the "wettest spot on Earth" you can assume that all the erosion that has occurred over time with its sculpted cliffs and carved river beds and iconic mountain precipices will provide a landscape that you perhaps might only see in Jurassic Park. Being able to see, and walk and paddle through this scenic jungle paradise is the advantage that you are given when you opt to enjoy one of the wonderful Kauai kayak tours.

Kayaking in Kauai comes in two basic versions: sea kayaking and kayaking on one of Kauai's many rivers. They are quite different.
  • Taking a kayak tour up one of Kauai's sensational rivers is you're first option. Picture gentle rivers here, not rivers with rapids that you might find in the Great Northwest. These gentle flowing rivers have a mirror like quality that reflects the sunlight shimmering through the jungle valleys leading deep into Kauai's interior. On many of these Kauai kayak tours you'll tie your kayak at streams edge and hike a short distance to one of Kauai's beautiful waterfalls for a dip and some lunch. The trip back may include some cliff jumping and additional swimming.

  • Kauai Ocean kayaking is you're second option, generally along Kauai's spectacular Na Pali Coast, and is recommended for those over the age of 16 and for those in relatively good shape. The reason for this is that once you begin the 11 mile Kauai kayak adventure you're pretty much committed to completing the voyage. Ocean currents usually flow in only one direction and except for the frequently passed isolated beaches protected by absolutely monster cliffs on each side, there is no place to land. The ocean kayaking tours on the famous Na Pali Coast are particularly spectacular but are generally reserved for the summer months when the northern ocean swells and giant surf have subsided.


Three of the most beautiful rivers available for Kayaking on Kauai are the Wailua River, the Hule'ia River and the Hanalei River:
  • The Wailua River is probably the most traveled and winds kayakers deep into the islands interior. Its waters are very calm and beautiful. They are so calm in fact that the first portion of the river is actually used for water skiing as well.

  • The Hule'ia River is located in the Lihue area and provides wonderful river kayaking as it winds through the beautiful Kipu Ranch which has been the site of many Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Arc.

  • The Hanalei River is the least traveled and can be found in the unbelievably beautiful Hanalei Valley emptying into picturesque Hanalei Bay in Kauai's northern sector. You can kayak on this river well up close to the mountain base that funnels the waters to this beautiful river.


Most of Kauai's kayaking tours which feature river kayaking, eco-tours kayaking, and kayaking in rain forests, waterfalls and jungles operate their tours on one of these three rivers beautiful Kauai rivers.


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$96.90
(17 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Enjoy a unique experience and ride on large inner tubes through ancient irrigation ditches. This tour is a great adventure for all ages. Tube through miles of ditches, tunnels and flumes. Go through 5…

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$89.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Slip back in time. Experience the feeling of old Hawaii. A completely personalized and narrated tour of beautiful Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay, the largest natural bay on Kauai. This is home for sea turtles,…

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$145.90
(2 Reviews, 5 Stars)

Kayak, hike and zip during this unique jungle experience on the pristine private lands of Princeville Ranch. Enjoy beautiful Hanalei Mountain views as you approach the secluded Kalihiwai Stream. Kayak…

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$159.00
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Enjoy kayaking, hiking and rappelling. The tour begins with a guided kayak trip up the Hule'ia River. An easy downwind paddle (70-90 minutes) into the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge. The first short…

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$80.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

This 4 to 5 hour guided tour is a wonderful waterfall adventure combining 45 minutes of idyllic paddling on the Wailua River and a 45 minute easy hike to a remote bridal veil waterfall. Swim in a fern…

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$87.90
(1 Review, 5 Stars)

Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour in depth exploration and guided paddle and snorkel tour of the Hanalei Heritage River and Bay estuary, reef and lagoon, accompanied by charming historians. Weather and ocean conditions…

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$50.90
(10 Reviews, 4.8 Stars)

Your kayak journey will lead you through a sacred valley once reserved only for ali'i (royalty). You will paddle approximately 4 miles round-trip up the Wailua River's North Fork, where you will…

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$169.90
(5 Reviews, 4.6 Stars)

Enjoy a full day adventure to paddle, hike, swing, zip and ride. Take a fun downwind kayak trip on the Hule'ia River, a beautiful and historic jungle stream. After an easy 2 mile paddle, you'll…

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$84.90
(2 Reviews, 4.5 Stars)

Join in for an unforgettable kayak experience. You will be guided deep into a lush tropical rain forest in 1 or 2 person kayaks. Learn the importance of the Wailua River Valley to the Hawaiian culture…

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$226.90
(2 Reviews, 4 Stars)

This seasonal Summer tour is a strenuous journey and about a 13-14 hour day. Approximately 5 to 6 hours (17 miles) of intermittent paddling, surf launching and landings are often the norm on this tour.…

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$108.90
(1 Review, 4 Stars)

A wildlife refuge paddle and waterfall hike is a half day version of the Kipu Falls Safari. Take a fun downwind kayak trip on the Huleia River, a beautiful and historic jungle stream. After an easy 2…

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$46.90 - $117.90
(1 Review, 4 Stars)

Rent a single, double or triple kayak from the convenient baseyard located just 65 yards from your starting point on the Wailua River. You will not need to haul your kayak and gear too far. Once you have…

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$60.90
(1 Review, 3 Stars)

Knowledgeable local Hawaiian guides will take you on a true Hawaiian adventure through the Wailua River and up to Uluwehi Falls, once the playground of the kings and queens of Hawai'i. This area is…

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$1680.00

The Discovery Tour is seven days and six nights. In the afternoon a van will pick you up at the airport. Package includes all island lodging, travel, dining and guides. An adventure packet with full details…

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$218.90

This is a strenuous 15 mile tour by kayak to one of the most beautiful and remote shorelines. Paddle at the base of sheer 3000' sea cliffs, see waterfalls plunging hundreds of feet into the ocean and…

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$141.90

This is an adventuresome, strenuous 8 mile kayak tour in typically heavy seas. You'll return by shuttle. Paddle along Kauai's scenic South Shore from Poipu to Port Allen. This segment of the coastline…

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$99.90

The Wailua River is a placid jungle stream that goes deep into the heart of the island. After your downwind paddle upstream, tie your kayak to a tree and take a somewhat rugged one mile hike up the valley…

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$84.90

Knowledgeable local Hawaiian guides will take you on a true Hawaiian adventure through the Wailua River and up to Uluwehi Falls, once the playground of the kings and queens of Hawai'i. This area is…

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$78.90

Strike out on your own and rent a double kayak and paddle to the Sacred Falls. You will need to car top your rental kayak a short distance from the convenience of the Wailua River Marina location; across…

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$50.90

This three-hour guided tour is a wonderful paddling adventure for the whole family, combining idyllic paddling on the Wailua River with a swim at our favorite swimming hole. For the more adventurous you…

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