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Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?

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Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?

My husband and I will be in Kauai in July, staying on the North Shore. We are debating renting kayaks and bikes for the week and saving money on organized tours or just doing the tours for saftey reasons - but we would really like to save the money. We have experience kayaking and mountain biking - but are not experts by any means. We would love any and all advice. This will be our first time in Hawaii and we plan to really make the best of our time in Kauai. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?


With your prior experience, you can save a few bags of shells and solo paddle the Hanalei River, up till the limit,and then back down into Hanalei Bay, and then back to your put in.

Suggest KAYAK KAUAI (808) 826-9844, in Hanalei for solo paddling, and no worries. Usually resevations are not needed.

Bikng is another thing. A guided tour is not required, but biking on our narrow roads, with no shoulders, and lookee lou drivers, and cell phone users, and impaired folks, and fast drivers is not, IMHO, a safe thing to do.

Plus the roads are very narrow up north, and impeding taffic is not a good plan, if you care about others, not to mention our own skin.

Yesterday on our way to poipu, on narrow poipu road,close to Koloa Town, here comes a young girl in the oposite direction.

No shoulder, a long line of traffic behind her, and wobbling along on the road at maybe 5 mph. No situational awareness on what was behind her.

3500 pounds of car or truck, and 100 pounds of human being...not hard to figure out.

Others do make their choices as to what they want to do.

Now, we have found an idea for bike riding in poipu, that includes the brand new kukui'ula by-pass road that is very near OUTFITTERS where we used to rent bikes.

$ 20.00/day I believe.

Also, in that area, on poipu road toward the Hyatt, you can find shoulders to ride and stay clear of traffic.

We have also found back ways around poipu, paved paths, and the also you can bike the dirt cane haul road to Gillens at Maha'ulepu Beach.

We do have situational awareness, actually at all times, perhaps due to flying. We also take others into consideration, and do not want to impede any vehilces....that is why we are cautious and thoghtful about where we ride.

Cannot expect others to feel the same way, but it is our way, and seems to be sensible.

Living Aloha and being thoughtful of others is a nice plan.


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2. Re: Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?

Agree with Denny...not many safe places to bike on the north shore.

We like to rent kayaks from Pedal N Paddle in Hanalei. If you have any experience at all you should not have a problem kayaking the Hanalei River on your own - and even out into the bay if seas are calm.

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Thank you both for your replies!

Is there anywhere else (besides Hanalei Bay) on the island that would be safe to kayak without a guide?

• Hidden Valley Falls?

• Wailua River?

• Na Pali Coast?

• South Shore?

Does anyone know anything about bicycling down Waimea Canyon?

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4. Re: Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?

There is a company that does biking down the road from the canyon. A nice leisurely ride is along the bike and walking trail in Kapaa. You can rent bikes from Coconut Coasters.

My son just got back from doing the Hanalei Kayak trip and he wanted to go to the ocean but the conditions were pretty rough. Wailua River is another great kayak trip.


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5. Re: Kayaking & biking: rent and go alone or pay for a tour?

If you want just to Kayak the Hanalei river save the money on do it without guides. If you want to do some sea Kayaking having a guide would be a great advantage. They know the great areas to take you along with weather/ocean conditions.

As for biking we rented bikes for the 10 days we were staying in Hanalei last March, but we mostly biked around Hanalei and did not really enjoy being on the main road for any extended period of time. But it definitly beat being in a car. It depends on where you are staying on the Island.

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