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Review of Alii Kayaks

Alii Kayaks
Ranked #2 of 50 Outdoor Activities in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Take an eco-adventure Kayak/Hike to a Secret Waterfall! Among all the rivers available to adventure seekers, the Wailua River Valley seems to be one of those special places. Kayak 4 miles roundtrip on a Class Zero river, combined with a 1.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike through a tropical rainforest, wading through streams, and traversing muddy trails to get to the beautiful 120' Uluwehi Falls.
San Jose, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I am terribly out of shape. 2 days later, and I am still sore! It was a great work out, but the muddy trek made me miserable. Fortunately our guide, Cody, was so patient with all of us, and was great about giving us a heads up when terrain was about to get worse. He has a great sense of humor, and did a great job at keeping our spirits up. Mahalo for the exceptional, high-value experience. An unforgettable mud bath, for sure. ;-)

Visited May 2014
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Caldwell, Idaho
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“A workout with rewards”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We had a great time getting off the pavement and into the back country with our guide Cody. It takes some stamina to get where your going so it's not for the lazy couch potato. However, if you can muster paddling for a hour and half, hiking another hour through some lush, possibly muddy jungle trails, Cody will entertain and educate with ukulele in hand to a waterfall that will make it all worthwhile.

Visited May 2014
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Corona, California
1 review
“Great kayak and hiking company”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

It can be hit and miss with activity companies, but it was definitely a hit with Ali'i Kayaks. We had Cody as our guide, and he was fantastic. In addition to hiking the entire way barefoot, he played his ukelele nearly the entire time. The hike was educational and very muddy. If just not be afraid of mud to hike the trail. One bit of advise. If you have sandals with strong traction and neoprene sock, the would probably do much better than water shoes for the hiking portion.

I highly recommend using this company, and especially Cody, who made the experience so much fun.

Visited May 2014
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Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Only two elderly people to slow us down. Otherwise fantastic!”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

This was fantastic! If you are not very physically active, please avoid this tour or at least see if you can join a group of similar people. Probably best to find a motorboat tour.

Make sure you pack a lunch and plenty of water. Also pack waterproof sun protection to apply a new coat for the return kayak trip. No need to pack a walking stick; they have plenty of them at the hike start location.

The kayak to the start of the hike is a nice relaxing ride. The hike is uphill through lots of mud and tree roots. With that in mind, bring suitable footwear (ie. Keen athletic sandals) and enjoy some barefoot mud bathing. We had a nice relaxing break at the waterfall, giving us plenty of time for a swim and a bite to eat. The hike back down is a lot easier. The kayak back to the start was another story. The wind picked up and fought us the whole way. My wife and I are decently fit, so we kept our momentum for all but a quick break in the middle. Sadly, this meant we got to the end and looked back to see none of the 6 other kayaks even visible. So, we sat there in the sun for 20 minutes for the majority of the group and 50 minutes for our elderly couple and the guide.

It would be great if the company could try running a couple `relaxed pace`tours throughout the week to attempt minimizing such problems. At least this trip we didn`t hear any complaints about the lack of an elevator (Happened to us at the Parthenon).

Visited March 2014
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Torrance, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Favorite Kauai experience! A definite MUST DO/SEE!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

This was by far the most exciting, beautiful, informative activity we did during our 7 day stay on Kauai!! They are very professional, fun and knowledgeable! Our guide, Guy, was absolutely amazing and did a great job making sure everyone was keeping up in the kayaks and on the hike, which was very muddy due to multiple days of rain prior to our trip. He kept the atmosphere light and friendly (telling us stories and playing the ukulele on our hike), but was also incredibly informative about the surrounding plants and history behind the falls.
Be prepared to walk through very soft mud (water shoes/Keens with good traction would be best), ford a small river, and have a nice lunch and swim at the falls. Embrace the experience, mud and all, and you won't regret it!

Visited May 2014
Thank Kelly S
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