Kayaking in Kauai
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River kayaking takes place in selected locations in Kauai where rivers and outfitters combine to offer tourists the opportunity. Due to good equipment and to the character of Kauai rivers, kayaking is a very safe sport. All tours start near the coast and head upstream. One cannot get into a situation with rapids or dangerous water when heading upstream in this way. Perhaps the greatest challenge are headwinds which might arise on a return part of the journey.
Ocean kayaking can be a totally different story altogether. Seasonal swells on the North, South, and East shores can make kayaking dangerous. Be sure to check local conditions before setting out.
All outfitters provide life preservers and dry bags with the equipment. There is an age restriction -- generally 5 years. There is also a weight restriction -- generally 245 lb per individual or 450 lb per couple.
RIVER KAYAKING ON NORTH SHORE
The North Shore Kayakable rivers are: The Hanalei River, the Kilauea River from Rock Quarry Beach to Kilauea Falls, and the Kalihiwai River. The private landowner of the waterfall on the tributary to the Kalihiwai River has recently started charging people with trespassing and they have been fined. If you want to see the falls, take the Princeville Ranch tour -- they have a license; if you object to this owners practice, then boycott the tour.
Princeville Ranch Hike & Kayak 808-826-7669 or
Kayak Hanalei 808-826-1881
Kayak Kauai 808-826-9844 or 800-437-3507 --
RIVER KAYAKING ON EAST SHORE
The Wailua River is a popular Kayaking site. The river is navigable for about 3 miles before becoming too shallow and too full of rocks [at which point you are still over a mile from beautiful Wailua falls]. A the two mile mark, a tributary to the right takes the kayaker to a place to land the kayak and hike less than 2 miles to wonderful 90 foot Uluwehi waterfall. On the way back you once could stop at Fern Grotto; you must tie you kayak to a fairly steep river bank and make their way to the Fern Grotto path.
The guided tours are suitable for those with any level of kayaking experience -- including none. If self guided, some kayaking and Kauai hiking experience is recommended.
You can rent kayaks Monday through Saturday only; Sunday is reserved for locals!!!
Wailua Kayak & Canoe 808-821-1188
Kayak Adventures Kauai 808-826-9340
Kayak Adventures Kauai 808-821-2800
Kayak Wailua 808-822-3388
Wailua Kayak Adventures 808-822-5795
Paradise Outdoor Adventures 808-822-1112 or
Duke's Kayak Adventures 808-639-2834
Water Sport Activities and Rentals 808-822-3574 or
RainbowKayak Tours 808-826-9983
Activity Warehouse 808-822-4000
KAYAKING IN SOUTH EAST KAUAI
Another popular Kauai River to kayak is the Hule'ia River. This tour starts from Narwiliwili Harbor and paddles upstream into the heart of a wildlife refuge. You will see jumping fish, rare birds, ancient taro fields, and the legendary Menehune Fishpond. You will then land on privately owned Kipu Ranch and Hike through a tropical forest that has a towering canopy of exotic trees, fruit trees and a profusion and explosion of tropical flowers. The return trip can be made the same way, or -- since mid-day winds make paddling difficult -- many outfitters help you downriver using motor boats or shuttle vans.
Aloha Canoes & Kayaks 808-246-6804 or
Kayak Kauai 808-826-9844 or 800-437-3507
Outfitters Kauai 808-742-9667
OCEAN KAYAKING ON NORTH SHORE
Kayak Kauai 808-826-9844 or 800-437-3507 -- Webmaster's Pick
The shop is in down town Hanalei. Rent a Kayak in Hanalei and paddle down the Hanalei river into Hanalei Bay. If the surf is low, you can stay behind the reef all the way to Anini Beach and possibly even to the Kalihiwai River. Be sure to discuss your route with the shop people.
Pedal 'N Paddle 808-826-9069
PADDLE THE NAPALI
COAST WITH AN OUTFITTER**
Additional Info on NaPali
Coast Kayaking and Landings**
Paddling the NaPali Coast is one of the top must do adventures for very active people on Kauai. The day begins at 6AM and you wont return to the Cliffs Resort until 8PM. If you are the least bit prone to sea-sickness or are fearful of being on the water or are not in good shape, then this trip is not for you. Otherwise, enjoy sea caves, waterfalls, secluded beaches, paddling, sea swells, snorkeling, getting wet, and some of the prettiest scenery anywhere on earth.
Kayak Kauai 808-826-9844 or
800-437-3507 -- Webmaster's Pick
Kayak Adventures 808-826-9340
NaPali Kayak Tours 808-826-8968
Outfitters Kauai 808-742-9667
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