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Kauai, HI: Wailua River Paddle

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Distance: 3.4 miles


Paddle 7 miles up the Wailua River to secret waterfalls, hidden swimming holes, and one of Kauai's best rope swings.
  • Waterfall
  • Wailua River
  • Docking the boats

Start this 7-mile paddle at the Wailua Kayak & Canoe shop on Kuamoo Road. After launching your boat, paddle upstream through thick tropical vegetation and picture perfect views of Mount Waialeale. In 1.8 miles, dock your boat to explore the Kamokila Hawaiian Village, then continue up the south fork of the Wailua to Fern Grotto—a lush cave—and a hidden pool and rope swing (only accessible by boat). Take a dip, and then turn around and paddle back down the Wailua for .4 mile. Leave your boat on the river bank and hike to a majestic waterfall with small pools perfect for soaking. At the end of the day, retrace your steps back to the boat and glide down the river to your car.

-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

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HikerAdam
Jun 04, 2013

I love hiking and kayaking Kauai, the island is just gorgeous! https://www.facebook.com/kauaivacationrentals/app_382297731843477

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