Kayak Kauai

Kayak Kauai — Offering Fun Tours, Rental Gear, and Vacation Rentals Galore
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Do you want to explore all the beauty of Kauai through the eyes of the locals? If so, you can get an inside look by taking one of the water- or trail-based tours from Kayak Kauai. Want to go it alone? They rent out gear for camping, waterside fun, and so much more, plus offer several vacation rentals as well.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

When you want to experience island magic and see all the splendor of the East Side in one trip, you just have to take a tour with Kayak Kauai. They let you choose your own adventure by selecting between their many tour options available throughout the year. Depending on what you choose, their excursions let you see the Wailua River, the ocean along the Napali Coast, or inland trails up close and personal.

On every tour, you can count on your guide to lead you to all the hidden treasures while telling you tale after tale about the history and culture of the island. They even bring all the refreshments you need along the way plus a delicious sack lunch complete with fresh pineapple. Beyond that, they help you avoid hazards and stay safe on all your travels, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. You can then take their sage insights and head out on your own for even more adventures in the future.

In addition to key insights, this company offers all the rental gear you could need on your explorations of Kauai. You just have to say the word and they’ll rent you their camping gear, paddleboards, and kayaks for one day or more. They’re even happy to deliver your gear straight to you, so you don’t have to waste any time getting to the fun.

Their must-try tours include:

Wailua River Sacred Falls
A five-hour trip through paradise, the Wailua River Sacred Falls tour will have you talking about your adventures for years to come. You’ll get to paddle up the river and see all the beautiful sights along its banks before hiking up to the falls for a dip in the clear water.

Poipu Whale Watch & Snorkel
Although you have to schedule your tour ahead of time, the Poipu Whale Watch & Snorkel is well worth the extra effort. On this tour, you’ll get to search for gorgeous humpback whales while traveling by kayak all along the golden coast and beyond. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to see sea turtles, flying fish, and dolphins plus tons of seabirds.

Napali Coast Sea Kayak Camping
Whether you want a challenge or prefer to keep it mellow, the Napali Coast Sea Kayak Camping Tour promises to treat you to the experience of a lifetime. On this two- to eight-day trip, you’ll travel along the Napali Coast and stay at a variety of excellent camping spots when it comes time to rest. Your guide will create a custom trip based on your preferences and local conditions, so you’re sure to have an excellent time.

Kapaa Kuilau Ridge Hike
To explore the wondrous sights without hitting the water, go on the Kapaa Kuilau Ridge Hike or any of their other hiking excursions. On the Kapaa trip, you’ll get to travel along the Kuilau Ridge Trail to see views of the Keahua Stream, Mount Kawi, and the Kahili Mountain. The trip takes about three hours total and is suitable for beginner to advanced hikers.  

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while enjoying all the delights across East Side Kauai, ask about their vacation rentals. They have an attractive one-bedroom rental available along Wailua Bay plus beautiful vacation homes near Hanalei Bay. Their comfortable accommodations are the perfect place to land once you’re exhausted from taking their tours and going on your own excursions.

Insider Tips:
-If you’re taking a tour near the water, be sure to use their waterproof bag for your phone, wallet, and other important items.
-When going on a hiking tour, wear comfortable shoes and bring a hiking stick if you need the extra stability. On the kayak tours, wear water shoes instead, but bring comfy shoes to wear on your walk to the falls.  
-Never swim directly under the waterfall because it’s common for rocks to fall from above.