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


This "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 your 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 stream's 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 island's 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 Ark.

  • 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.


Pride of America Cruise Ship:

None of the Kauai Kayak Tours will pick up cruise ship passengers at the cruise ship dock at Nawiliwili Harbor. Dependent upon the specific tour listed below passengers can either walk to the tour located near the harbor, will need to take a taxi to the departure point or have Tom Barefoot's Tours arrange for a Rental Car shuttle to pick them up directly at the dock. Dependent upon the specific tour, Kauai kayak rides can be arranged for the Thursday or Friday of your cruise ship schedule. Please book well in advance to assure availability.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.


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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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$159.00

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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$101.90

Don't wait!!! Reserve early if you would like to enjoy this very popular and unique experience to ride on large inner tubes through ancient irrigation ditches. This tour is a great adventure for all ages.…

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$97.90

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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$80.90

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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$226.90

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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$95.00

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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$96.90

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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$108.90

A wildlife refuge paddle and waterfall hike is a half day version of the Kipu Falls Safari. Children over 3 can join making this fun downwind kayak trip on the Huleia River, a beautiful and historic jungle…

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$97.22

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 two mile hike up the valley…

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$141.90

This South shore Poipu Sea Kayak tour is designed for excitement! You can snorkel, bodysurf exclusive locations and get a glimpse whales during during the months of September through May. It's truly an…

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$228.90

This dynamic 15 mile kayak ride is a full day of fun along Kauai's famous Na Pali Coast. Paddling is a legacy from Hawaii's rich ancestry. Feel your connection to the vastness of the sea and experience…

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$169.90

Take a downwind kayak trip, hike and zipline all in one fun full day adventure! Hear the serenading of the tropical birds on this easy 2 mile paddle down the Hule'ia River, a beautiful and historic jungle…

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$145.90

Choose the Jungle Valley Adventure for a combination of fun activities with the family and friends. Perfect for guests 5 and up with a combination of Kayaking, hiking, ziplininng and a twin waterfall swim…

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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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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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$70.90

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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$84.90

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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Kayak Hanalei

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Kayak Hanalei

Kayak Hanalei is a kayak company the specifically paddles along the Hanalei River and the ocean areas surrounding Hanalei bay. Hanalei Valley on the North side of Kauai is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you think of "Bali Hai" from the movie South Pacific you're in the right zone because it was filmed there.
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Princeville Ranch Adventures

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Ranchland Riding, Hiking and Kayaks, Kayaks and Hiking, Zipline, Zipline Tour and Adventure, Kids Ad

The Princeville Ranch is certainly one of the most beautiful of any in the whole state of Hawaii. With its backdrop of the romantic Hanalei Mountains and it rolling hills to the sea, the Princeville Ranch is the home of a spectacular zip line course, river kayaking, hiking and some of the most amazing horseback riding country to be found anywhere.
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Island Adventures

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Kayak Tours

The Island Adventures "Kauai River Kayak" is a kayak excursion that takes place on the beautiful Hulei'a River in the heart of the two-hundred-and-forty-one acre Hulei'a National Wildlife Refuge and State of Hawaii Conservation District. This Island Adventures tour is a unique one-way paddle downwind with a short, easy jungle hike and a fun swim at a pool with waterfalls.
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Kauai Backcountry Adventures

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Tube Kauai's Cane Plantation, Zipline across valleys and gulleys

Known as one of the longest zipline courses on the island, Back Country Zipline Adventures, lives up to its reputation. This three-and-one-half hour zipline excursion is also partially traversed on a 4-wheel drive vehicle that negotiates its way up to the zip course through rugged roads at the base of Mount Wai'ale'ale. At tours end you'll be treated to a dip in a waterfall fed pond.
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Alii Kayaks

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Kayak Wailua River

Join Alii Kayaks on an unforgettable journey up the famous Wailua River. This is truly one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and Alii Kayaks offers both kayak tours and stand-up paddle tours up its serene tributaries. A hike is also included which takes you through the remarkable Kauai jungles to a beautiful waterfall and pond for a refreshing swim.
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Wailua River Guides

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Hiking and Kayaking

Wailua River Guides offers special guided tours up the famous Wailua River on Kauai. Tours are fully guided by professional and knowledgeable guides and will include paddling, swimming, hiking and a picnic at the base of the 120' waterfall 'Secret Falls'. Though you will be paddling, swimming and hiking on this excursion, the exertion level will be just moderate and leisurely so you'll have plenty of time to appreciate your surroundings.
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Kayak Kauai

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Kayak Tours

Kayak Kauai Outbound is one of the original kayak and adventure companies found on Kauai and specializes in kayaking, hiking and surfing. The owners and originators of the company are the Cuban born brothers Micco and Chino Godinez.
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Outfitters Kauai

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Hike to a Zipline Adventure, Kayak Tours, Bike Tours and Rides

Outfitters Kauai is an adventure company on Kauai that offers a combination of ocean and river kayaking experiences, hiking tours, bike tours and zipline adventures. Methodically developing one adventure at a time over the course of years, this popular company has produced some of the most notable Kauai adventures available on the island.
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Wailua Kayak and Canoe

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Tours and Rentals

One of the best places to rent your kayak for a day's paddle up the spectacular Wailua River is with the company called Wailua Kayak and Canoe. Because they are located directly on the Wailua River, you will not have to haul your rented kayak to the river on your car so it is very handy. Single kayaks, doubles and tri-kayaks are available for 5 hour rentals. They also offer guided kayak tours up the river as well.
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I think it would be safe to say that there is no Hawaiian island that has kayak tours anything like the kayak tours you can do on Kauai.

Actually, Kauai has two different types of kayak tours. This is an example of an ocean kayak tour, going up along the Napali Coastline.

The other type of tour we have is on the rivers. Now, Kauai is the only major Hawaiian island that truly has navigable rivers, and these rivers are perfectly suited for kayak trips. These rivers are in the eastern coastline, coming off the mountains onto the Alluvial Plain that is very flat. These rivers just wind their way through the jungle on their way to the ocean. They are very, very tranquil, calm, peaceful, very serpentine. They are just a gorgeous outing in a kayak.

These will start generally down at the ocean, and you'll catch the tour there on a kayak. Then you'll wind your way back up along the river. As soon as you pass the first or second bend of the river, and you look back, and you can't see the ocean anymore, all you really see is two sides of the banks that are just totally jungle on both sides. You realize that you could possibly in Bolivia or somewhere. Just like that, you're on a different planet.

We have a number of rivers, let's get to a map here, that are really suitable. The Huleia River is in this area, Lihue area, the Wailua River, which is really the biggest of the rivers that we have that goes back through the jungles and up toward the mountains back here. But also in Hanalei, we have the Hanalei River. These are the main rivers that we actually offer tours on. They're all different in terms of ... The rivers are completely different, and what you do as you cruise them is different as well.

The Wailua River is one of the most interesting. As I say, it's the largest and widest, but that one, you can actually take a couple miles back into the interior of the jungle, and you'll be able to get off. When you start getting into the tributaries, it gets narrower and narrower. You finally pull your kayak up on the shore, and then you'll be able to do a little hike, maybe a one mile hike or so, that takes you deep into the rain forest into a gigantic waterfall.

We have tours with tour guides that will take you on these kayak excursions, usually two persons in a kayak. They'll be with you the entire time as you're paddling, but also as you're doing hikes, if that's part of the tour that you're deciding to do. You're always in good hands with these folks, and you can also ask questions of the guides, and so on. There's a lot to be learned. These are the river trips, and these you won't find on any other islands.

We also, back to this photo, we do have the sea, or ocean, kayak trips that take you along this spectacular Napali Coastline. This is an amazing, amazing trip. It doesn't happen all the time. It really only happens in the summertime when we've got conditions that are less wave-like on this coastline. In the wintertime, it gets to be huge and very dangerous out there. But it's very calm, generally, in the summertimes. You'll be able to really appreciate the Napali Coastline from a kayak is wonderful. You start at one end, the Hanalei end, and you head all the way down. The entire shoreline, or the Napali coast, is about 11 miles, and the tour's a little bit longer than that. You end up on the other side, so you coast down one way, you're picked up there, and then brought back in a van.

In a kayak is really one of the best ways to appreciate the Napali Coastline. You've got a series of caves, and cliffs, and all that, that are happening. You're able to actually get into these little inlets and caves, and explore them, things you really couldn't do very well in larger boats, but you can do them perfectly on the kayaks. This is a wonderful way to visit the Napali Coastline. Kayaks, either going up the rivers or on the oceans, are really special on the island of Kauai. This is something that everyone that's coming that wants to do something different that you could really only do on specific islands, this is the island to do a river kayak, and also the Napali coast.

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