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Wailua River

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The serene Wailua River flows down the east side of Kauai, past lush jungles and cascading waterfalls rushing from the wettest spot on earth, Mt. Waialeale. A paradise for kayakers, with relatively calm water and plenty to see along the way, the Wailua River attracts leisure travelers and adventurers alike.
Pro Tips
  • - Bring bug spray. The Wailua River winds through heavily forested areas in one of the wettest places on earth, but a quick spray before departure will make for a much more enjoyable trip.
  • - Some tours will also let you dock your kayak and embark on a hike to secret waterfalls tucked back into the rainforest.

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Latest reviews of Wailua River

Sacred Falls Adventure - Wailua River Kayak, Hike & Waterfall Swim

Loved this adventure.

2023/01/27 Friends Chris

This was a great tour that I am really happy that I went on. Harrison was our guide and was informative and a super nice guy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to combine kayaking and hiking. The trail ... more

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Smith's Kauai Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto with Live Entertainment

Excellent short cruise with entertainment

2023/01/22 Couples Cheryl

We had a great time with the Smith Family cruising to the beautiful fern grotto. Our captain shared the history of the area with us as we cruised to the grotto and at the grotto, one of the performers shared more histor... more

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Smith's Kauai Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto with Live Entertainment

Great little adventure!

2023/01/22 Couples Leslie Cody

It was a great little activity. We had done this 26 years ago for our anniversary so doing it again on our anniversary trip was great.

The staff were funny and very enjoyable. It was disappointing we couldn't go in t... more

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Sacred Falls Adventure - Wailua River Kayak, Hike & Waterfall Swim

Awesome experience

2023/01/14 Couples Andrew

So glad we were able to do this! Would highly recommend! Harrison, our tour guide was awesome and made the tour that much better. He had a bunch of fun and interesting information that taught us about the island.

Sacred Falls Adventure - Wailua River Kayak, Hike & Waterfall Swim

Harrison was awesome!

2023/01/14 Couples Donnie and Susan

Extremely enjoyable trip! Harrison was very knowledgeable, outgoing, and extra attentive to everyone's needs. He gave off a vibe that he loves what he's doing and is "living the life"! Would definitely do this trip again... more

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Smith's Kauai Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto with Live Entertainment

Family-run business, run smoothly, good value; hosts and hostesses professional with keen sense of humor.

2023/01/11 Couples Cary

My wife and I went on the Fern Grotto tour on our honeymoon in 1990. We didn't think they'd still be around, after Iniki ravaged Kauai and COVID shut down hundreds of businesses. The hotel where we stayed was gone so we ... more

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Wailua River (Top Kauai Attractions & Sights), Kauai tours & activities, fun things to do in Kauai | HawaiiActivities.com
The serene Wailua River flows down the east side of Kauai, past lush jungles and cascading waterfalls rushing from the wettest spot on earth, Mt. Waialeale. A paradise for kayakers, with relatively calm water and plenty to see along the way, the Wailua River attracts leisure travelers and adventurers alike.