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Review of Kayak Kaua'i

Kayak Kaua'i
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US$88.59*
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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure
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US$98.99*
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
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Owner description: Rentals and Tours: Kayaking, hiking/trekking, surfing/stand up board lessons, snorkeling,bikes, and camping equipment support. Vacation Rentals.
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We recently went on the Blue Lagoon Tour with Kayak Kauai. First the good parts:

The tour is an amazing one. We are relatively new kayakers and first time snorkelers. The kayak ride up the river and then to the Hideaways beach was a wonderful one. The weather was perfect and the sea on Hanalei Bay was beautiful that day. The snorkeling was very close to the shore and in a safe environment. Jesse, our guide, was very helpful and knowledgeable. He helped us be very comfortable with snorkeling by providing extra floats. The sandwiches they provided us for lunch were also good. We enjoyed the tour a lot.

The reason, I am not giving them a 5 star review is for the following reason:

We had read some negative reviews about the punctuality of the organization, and sure enough, they were late. Our email said a checkin time of 7:30am. We arrived at the shop at 7:25m and no-one was there until about 8am. The tour that was about to start at 8am started only at around 8:25 am after we had packed our things in dry bags and signed the required paper work. The folks are all helpful, and gave us a complimentary gift to make up for the lost time. But I hope they stick to the times they promise.

Finally, as a few of the previous reviewers said, this tour is excellent for beginners. If you can read the sea, just rent a kayak/boat from them and head into the bay.

2  Thank SKN L
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Micco_Godinez, Owner at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2014

Thanks....timelines is next to Godliness.

No excuse for being late. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Will be getting the "whip out". 8^)

You seem to have gotten Hanalei Bay in a benign winter window calm. Generally
we are not able to make it to Hideaways during the winter.

Don't recommend going into the Bay any time of the year..un guided unless you have some time in the cockpit under your belt.

We are here for the novice who needs to be guided and there for those who want to
to venture the rental route.

Keep paddling and thanks for taking the time. Until our wakes cross.

Happy New Year.

...bucking for that 5 star review...next time.

Micco

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Recently called several days ahead for a Kayak tour along the Wailua river. I couldn't commit to a reservation as my wife were sailing to Nawiliwili on a cruise ship but was told by a Kayak Wailua "no problem....we are flexible and will make things happen for you". Following a $30 cab fare from Nawiliwili Harbor to Kapa at 9am, we arrived and were told "sorry, no guides for the day". After several uncomfortable moments, the gal at the front desk started making phone calls and said maybe she could round up a guide but the quoted price would not include a lunch because it was too late to pick something up". Huh?

Ultimately, the place seemed unprofessionally run and the gal at the front desk felt to not know what she was doing. We made a few phone calls and made our was across the marina to Ali'i Kayak at 174 Wailua Road, Kapaa (877) 246-2544. I put their information in because they were friendly, professional and made us tourists feel welcome AND we enjoyed the Kayaking experince along the Wailua River and the hike to the Wailua Falls. Shame on Kayak Kaui for behaving unprofessionally and tailing to take better care of visitors.

Thank j f
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Our kayaking experience up the Hanalei river was one of our highlights of our Kauai trip. We researched the different kayaking options and chose to do this one because it didn't involve hiking through possible mud. We wanted an easy, enjoyable, memorable experience, and that's exactly what we got. We rented a kayak for two, but could have each had our own, since the weather was perfect - not too hot or windy. We'll definitely do it again.

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MiccoJones, Owner at Kayak Kaua'i, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2013

Aloha ...glad you were able to find our new location by the Hanalei River mouth. See you next time...and thanks for the kind words. Happy Holidays, Micco

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Reasonable prices for kayaks - double or single. They will hold your car keys so they don't get lost in the river. Knowledgable staff will give good recs for possible trips. Rentals are for 24 hours, so if you want to come back the next day before the 24h are up, you can take the kayaks out again!

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

For many years my wish was to take a trip in a single kayak in this lovely quiet river.
Kayak Kauai was one of the very few places where we could rent a kayak right on the river,
without taking part of a "tour". (daily rental: $ 29 for a single kayak )
What a great and peaceful experience. The water is perfectly calm. We are both in our seventies and had no difficulties. The head-wind was a bit challenging at times while going up-river, but was actually helpful on the way back.

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