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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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During your time on Kauai, enjoy a three-hour guided kayak and snorkel tour along the picturesque Hanalei River and in Hanalei Bay, which is home to the beautiful Bay Reef Lagoon. Admire the dramatic Makana Peak (Bali Hai) and get up close to tropical reef fish. As you kayak along the river, you’ll be surrounded by lush trees and diverse wildlife. Learn about the flora and fauna of the surrounding area from your naturalist guide, and enjoy a snorkel in the turquoise waters of the lagoon.
  • Experience both kayaking and snorkeling on this Kauai combo tour
  • Paddle down Hanalei River and through Hanalei Bay
  • Look for sea turtles and fish while snorkeling in Bay Reef Lagoon
  • Includes light picnic lunch on the shores of the famous bay
What to Expect
Meet your guide in Kapaa and head to the launch point on the Hanalei River, where you learn basic paddling techniques and launch onto the river with a partner in a double kayak. Make your way downriver at a leisurely pace, passing through lush tropical forest and open taro fields.

Spill out into crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, and disembark on the shores for a rest and light sandwich lunch while enjoying views of Makana Peak, also known as the fictional Bali Hai from the 1958 movie South Pacific.

Once recharged, use provided snorkeling equipment to explore the coral gardens of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to colorful fish and even sea turtles. Climb back in your kayak and try riding the mellow bay waves if you like before paddling to the end point, where a driver waits to take you back to your original departure point in Kapaa.
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Definitely recommend this fun little tour reasonably priced and well guided it provides the novice paddle the ideal opportunity to try kayaking under expert tutelage.The tour includes both river and ocean paddling as well as snorkelling providing the perfect introduction to these water sports.Perfect for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank thora r
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having never kayaked, I was a bit nervous, but I ended up having a ton of fun! It definitely was a workout so if you're completely inactive the kayaking part may be a little tough, but it's definitely doable for different fitness levels. The tour...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Laurie M
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Aloha Laurie, Glad you enjoyed the comedic "Jay and Dustin Show" on your recent Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. Hope you realized while Dustin and/or Jay were funning you all, that both were keeping a keen eye to safety. Good sign you saw turtles,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Kayaking was wonderful, snorkeling even better! i was back and forth with this trip bcuz we are from laguna beach, California (1/2 of us surf/kayak/paddleboard at home) so I wasn't sure if this would be enough for my family (and their friends). It turned out...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank mystinef
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Mystinef, Glad to hear that in-spite the time delay that Steve and Justice managed to show you and your family a good time on your Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. Regarding island time:, know that this is not "time frame" that we subscribe...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have been to Hideaways Beach many times in the past, but never by kayak, so we decided to give it a try. Overall this was a very enjoyable tour. I'll address a couple of drawbacks that kept me from giving this...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha, Thanks for the many "stars" you gave for our Hanalei Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel tour. Since you took the tour Black Pot Beach much has changed and we are no longer having to walk to gain access to the park and our launch...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This adventure was so much fun! My two sisters and I were visiting the island together and we are fairly active/outdoorsy people. This kayaking and snorkeling adventure filled our desire for something fun and active to do outside. It wasn't necessarily super strenuous, but I...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank briannarichards2012
Micco_Godinez, Head Guide at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Brianna, Our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel is our mid level tour and more for the active person/family who is at home in the water and wants a "petite" challenge all within the Hanalei River and reef complex. Thanks for helping us match...More

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15 October 2018|
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WHEN AND WHERE: 4 person minimum opens a tour — reservations recommended in advance 4 Hour Hanalei River and Bay Exploration Every day of the week except Sunday Check-In Wailua River Marina: 9:00 a.m. Shuttle to Hanalei... More
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