Went with my husband and two kids on the Blue Lagoon kayak trip down the historic Hanalei River on March 31st. Despite the occasional downpour and cloudy skies, it was beautiful! The Hanalei river is good for kids to kayak down as it is "smooth" water without any rapids. Why "Kayak Kauai" when it's an easy paddle? It's because of the service! They pick you up at the Wailua marina and drive north to Hanalei and put the kayaks on the water for you. Give you a instructions on how to kayak and safety. The guide we had was very knowledgeable about the area fauna and history of Kauai. Even though I read stuff about the history of Kauai, Amos was able to give a few tidbits that were interesting. With the Blue Lagoon tour, we got a chance to go out to the ocean and paddle to a beach where we can snorkel. We were able to paddle out enough to see the surfers from afar and Amos guided us toward the beach. As my 10 yr old son and I paddled, it started to rain and the winds picked up and we got swept more towards the waves. By this time we had gotten away from our group and my son started getting scared (me too) as the waves were among us! I saw our guide, Amos, coming to help us and guide us back to calmer waters but I was still having a hard time calming my son and trying to fight the waves . We saw a huge wave come towards us and we were sideways with the wave and we FLIPPED over! My anxiety and total fear of drowning was quashed as I tried to find my son in the water. Thank god we both remembered the 3 things to remember that Amos told us prior to going kayaking in the ocean. We kept our paddles and found each other and during that short time of chaos, Amos got our kayak to us, got my son aboard and then stood (and balanced) on two kayaks to help "haul" me onboard my kayak (all this while some waves were still coming). Once we were safely on the kayak, Amos calmly guided us back to safe waters and onto the beach. All this happened in minutes and I didn't really realize how dangerous the situation could've been but Amos didn't let that happen and my whole family is extremely grateful. Although we had experience kayaking on fresh water in the past, the ocean is a whole different matter and that is when a Kayak Kauai guide is important. My son this morning said "Amos saved our lives mom" and for that we thank you Amos from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
On a side note, the lunch was very good. They provided fresh sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies made from the Passion Bakery and had sweet pineapple, taro chips, juice and water. The staff at the service counter were very friendly and helpful as well. We had originally booked a tour on a sat but didn't listen to our voicemail that it was cancelled due to weather. Tara helped us out with providing us ideas of other activities and also provided us with sandwiches for the lunch that we would've had. A great bike ride came out of that, thanks Tara!
Thanks Kayak Kauai for employing such great staff! And Amos, my kids are still laughing about the "Safeway" joke!
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