Kayak Kauai

Kayaking Kapaa, United States

It all started while two brothers were paddling the Alaskan “Inside Passage”…
In 1980, Micco and Chino Godinez paddled from Seattle to Skagway Alaska. During that 5 month expedition, they logged more than 1,000 miles. They paddled, talked, and yes, even argued about starting Kayak Kauai which after a few more big adventures, they founded four years later.Since then the brothers have sea kayaked the entire Hawaiian chain from the Big Island to Niihau, and paddled, camped, hiked, surfed, stand up paddled, and snorkelled much of the emerald island. They have explored Kauai’s peaks and valleys, canyons, rivers and coastlines, and have come to love its many faces and moods – and look forward to sharing these same adventures with you.

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Packages at this location

Wailua Sacred Falls Kayaking

On this five hour excursion expect to be kayaking and hiking in the tranquil Wailua River area. You'll hike and visit cascading waterfalls, wade through water and follow muddy trails deep into the jungle all while admiring the native flora and fauna. The Wailua River is known as one of the most sacred places in Hawaii, and your guide will offer an exciting insight into the regions history, culture and customs. Suitable for families and friends.

  • Lunch and refreshments

  • Water-resistant bags and walking sticks

  • Double sit on top kayaks

  • Personal flotation device

  • Qualified and water trained guides

No accommodation needed.

The Wailua Sacred Falls tour doesn't follow a strict itinerary, but we can confirm that you'll be kayaking and hiking amongst some of the islands most peaceful and ancient locations. When you're not wading through water, paddling downstream or swimming by waterfalls you'll be bird watching and brushing up on the local history!

Monday – Saturday year round.

All you need to bring is a bathing suit, suncream, trail footwear, a towel, a hat and a change of clothes.

Na Pali Coast by Sea Kayak (Polihale to Miloli’i) Kayaking

On this day-long excursion, you'll paddle ten miles along the island south-west coast taking in the sights and sounds as we go. This adventurous is both rigorous and tiring, and it's not recommended for everyone (both the currents and wind are usually strong) but if you're an adventure seeker, and an adrenaline junkie, you're in for the trip of a lifetime! After you've completed this epic sea kayak adventure, you'll be presented with a Na Pali Sea Kayak Diploma to commemorate your achievement!

  • Lunch and refreshments

  • Water-resistant bags

  • Double sit on top kayaks

  • A personal flotation device

  • Qualified and water trained guides

No accommodation needed.

The itinerary of this tour largely depends on the weather conditions on the day, as such we have no set itinerary, but we do aim to paddle from Polihale State Park to Miloli’i on a 10-mile round trip. The tour usually departs at 6 am and throughout the day you can expect to enjoy warm coastal paddling, caving and a spot of snorkelling. We snorkel of Treasure Beach, stop for a bit of beachcombing at Miloli'i and explore the surroundings. If the weather is good, we'll paddle past the reef of Nu'alolo Kai. There's a good chance we'll encounter dolphins and green sea turtles during the day. Lunch is usually enjoyed on Milolii beach before we return back to Wailua River Marina Park by 4:00 pm.

Monday - Sunday, April - September.

All you need to bring is a bathing suit, suncream, long sleeve shirt, footwear, a towel, a hat and a change of clothes.

Hanalei Blue Lagoon Paddle and Snorkel Kayaking

On this five-hour kayak adventure, you’ll be paddling down some of the islands finest waterways, surrounded by natural beauty and learning about Kauai’s history as you go. There’ll be time for a spot of birdwatching, beachcombing and snorkelling too! This tour is suitable for families, couples and the adventurous.

  • Lunch and refreshments

  • Snorkeling gear and water resistant bags

  • Double sit on top kayaks

  • Personal flotation device

  • CPR, and First Aid qualified guides

No accommodation needed.

Hour 1 – Arrival & Departure
This tour begins by checking in at our Wailua River Marina Shop. From here we’ll hop aboard our 14 passanger air-conditioned van and depart to the islands north shore.

Hour 2 - Heritage River
After going through a quick instruction and safety briefing it’s time to hop into the kayaks and begin paddling the idyllic Hanalei Heritage River.

Hour 3 - Hanalei Bay
Time will be spent snorkeling Hanalei Bay and its magnificent with panoramic views of the Makana (better knows as Bali Hai).

Hour 4 – Wildlife
Keep your eyes peeled for Green Sea Turtles and Spinner Dolphins which are usually spotted in this area of water. There’s also a good chance you’ll seen an array of bird life including Boobie and Layson Albatross, Wandering Tattler, Gallinule and Black Capped Night Herons.

Hour 5 - Snorkelling
Before the trip ends and we depart back the the shop there’s time for a little snorkelling along the sandy shores of Hanalei Bay or the beaches of Hideaways.

Monday – Saturday year round.
Note: during the winter months Hanalei Bay can be off limits to kayaks and we kayak at Hanalei River instead.

All you need to bring is a bathing suit, hat, suncream, beach footwear, a towel and a change of clothes.

About the location


If you’re enjoying a multi-day excursion with us, or you just want to stay close to the action (we don’t blame you) we have a string of accommodation to ensure you enjoy the best nights sleep. We work with three villas that sit just a stone's throw from Wailua Bay and Hanalei Bay and range in size from one to three bedrooms. Alternatively, if you’re enjoying a hiking and camping trip, your accommodation comes in the form of a tent (we provide all camping gear)!


The Kayak Kauai offices sit on the east coast of the island just a 10-minute drive north of Lihue Airport. We’re only a short shuttle bus ride away from some of the islands best-kept secrets, hidden beaches and imposing mountains which makes it the perfect base for an adrenaline-fuelled outdoor adventure.


Most of our tours (even half-day tours) include lunch. Typically we serve Hawaiian refreshments including tropical juice and water along with meat and vegetarian sandwiches. Always check that your tour includes food as we don’t want you going hungry!


Our primary sports are kayaking and hiking. However, we do rent stand up paddleboards, kayaks and camping gear to those who wish to venture out on their own.


  • Guides

Available activities

  • Excursions

  • Hiking

  • Snorkeling

  • Daytrips

accommodation Overview

Rainbow House

Beds: 3 Room size: Sleeps 6.

This three bedroom beach house is a tropical vacation rental boasting a spacious kitchen and dining room, screened back porch and a garden hangout area. Rates are per night.

From $398 per night

Garden Surf Cottage

Beds: 2 Room size: Sleeps 2.

This one bedroom cottage sits just a block from Hanalei Bay and boasts a queen-sized bed, an open-plan layout and a small kitchen area. Rates are per night.

From $189 per night

Wailua Bay Vacation Rental

Beds: 2 Room size: Sleeps 4.

This one bedroom vacation villa sits just a short walk from Wailua Bay and boasts a kingsized bed, a sofa bed, a small kitchen and living room area. Other amenities include a shared swimming pool, BBQ area and private beach access.

From $145 per night