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Wailua Kayak & Canoe
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This is a very "bare bones" operation -- almost a one man show. Had to wait nearly an hour beyond our reserved time because others using the kayaks were late in returning. Life jackets were old and dirty -- our kayak leaked -- parking our car was a joke (not much parking at all). Although less money than others, I suggest checking out other companies before using this one.

Thank James R
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We talked to the company days before we went. We were told to come early. The spot is convenient to get to and quite close to the river. You will have to take the kayak to the river on its wheels a short distance. You pass the last bathroom you will see for the next 4 hours.

We paid cash and got a bit of a discount to rent 2 double kayaks for 4 people. We also arrived before 7 am and before the tour rush which was totally the way to go!!!! We were given 2 coolers and a dry sack to use. We were given a map of the river and where to go to get to the hike for the water fall. We literally had no one around us and we were the first ones on the hike to the beautiful water fall. We had the river and the water fall all to ourselves. The hike was very muddy... it is a rain forest after all. Please take my advice and DON'T wear flip flops. Wear water socks, hikers or hiking sandals. A walking stick might also help you. TAKE WATER/DRINK and SNACKS on your hike.

We had a gorgeous day for a hike and by the time we were headed out LOTS of people/tour groups were coming in. There was also water crossing (at the start) with a rope. I would rate the hike as moderate. We did see a mad looking older lady kicking butt however, be warned that the hike could be considered very strenuous to some. There are no signs to tell you if you are close to a particular spot. You really have to depend on the map if you go on your own. We had taken drinks, snacks and a lunch.

It was picture perfect - because we went so early. No other tourists in our photos. So if you go, go early and if you are just looking for outdoor hike/kayak go ahead without a tour guide. We were glad to have gone.

Thank irishsiren74
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Just got back from a 4.5 hour trip up to "Secret Falls" (not really a secret, given the number of kayakers there). Our kayak tour guide was Kyle, who is a very knowledgeable guide. We kayaked a little over two miles up the Wailua River, walked a little over a mile back to the (not so) Secret Falls. The falls were great, nice and cool place to get refreshed for the return trip (same mile back on the trail and two miles kayaking back. A little more of a workout than I thought it would be, primarily due to the muddy and slippery trail. Bring an old pair of tennis shoes to wear, or grab an old pair from the tour camp before you leave. We saw lots of people in sandals who were slipping quite a bit. We wore water shoes but if we did this again, we'd wear or borrow an old pair of tennis shoes. Kyle did a great job of providing a lot of useful tidbits about Kauai, the vegetation, the every present roosters; as well as keeping our group all together and helping us safely navigate the muddy trail. Book directly with the tour operator and save some $$.

1  Thank Brock T
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We did this activity with our kids, 7 and 11. Our guide, Blaine, was excellent. He gave us a textbook full of Kauaiian history during the trip, all of which I am sure was accurate, as he grew up just over the mountain from the Wailua river. The trip to the falls was very easy, but the winds made the return trip tough. But what the heck, have fun and get some good exercise. The hike to the falls is very rugged and muddy, but that was part of the fun. I had a mud stained rear end by the end of the day. The falls are gorgeous and the water was eye opening cold and refreshing. Many pictures and great memories

Thank michael t
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

It was easy to get the boats, and easy to get them to the river. It was a beautiful paddle. We probably would have gotten lost on the way to the falls, if we weren't experienced hikers, or with people who had done it before. Listen to what they tell you when they go over everything. And you have to take hiking shoes. Just keep them in a backpack and pull them out. Or wear open toed hiking shoes. It's crazy muddy, and at times just plain ridiculous. But it was really fun with good people and an adventurous sprit. The falls were beautiful, and we swam in the pool, and ate our little picnic. Then on the way back we were serenaded by some singers on one of the boat tours. I had a blast.

Thank Sharonafs
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