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Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
  • Guided kayak and snorkel tour of Hanalei River and Bay Reef Lagoon
  • Kayak down the Hanalei River surrounded by lush greenery
  • Snorkel in the pristine turquoise waters of Bay Reef Lagoon and see the tropical fish
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Makana Peak as you kayak in Hanalei Bay
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Lunch
Tandem (double) kayak
Snorkel gear (please provide male/female shoe/fin sizes)
Water-resistant bag
Tropical juice - To reduce plastic waste we now have a Water Filtration Station.
Snacks
Hotel pick up and drop off

Departure Point

3-5971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

Guest will meet at the Wailua River Marina store location at 8:00 am.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Splash into the watery wonders of Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay as you explore some of Kauai’s most picturesque landscapes. Meet your local guide at the departure point near the Hanalei River, and then hop aboard a double kayak and begin your leisurely paddle downriver. Along the way, soak in the peaceful atmosphere and passing scenery of taro fields and tropical forests.

After approximately 45 minutes of kayaking, disembark on the shores of beautiful Hanalei Bay and recharge with a snack break. Admire spectacular views of the bay, made famous by the 1958 film South Pacific, and learn about ancient Hawaiian fire-throwing ceremonies conducted from the dramatic Makana Peak.

Slip on a snorkeling mask and fins, and then dive into the warm turquoise waters of Hanalei’s Bay Reef Lagoon. Explore underwater reef formations and be on the lookout for Hawaiian marine life such as brilliant tropical fish and sea turtles. You’ll also have a chance to ride the gentle waves of the bay on a sea kayak if you like. Finish your 5-hour tour with another short kayak ride and a drive back to the original departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring the following items: sun protection, light shirt, bathing suit, footwear for the beach (tabis, aqua socks or tennis shoes), towel and change of clothes
  • Please include your choice of lunch: Ham, Turkey, Veggie or Peanut butter jelly
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DBA: Kayak Kauai
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour.

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star-5
More than we expected
Monica_B
, Nov 2021
Wasn’t quite sure what to expect as did the others in our group but I have to say we had an amazing time. We paddled down the river to get acquainted with the kayak then headed out to the bay. And that is where the adventure began. 😳 I was pretty nervous about the waves but we followed our guide, Jay’s lead and instructions. It wasn’t the easiest task but we all made it to Hideaway. Jay told us we all were a strong group and took us that far because he knew we could do it. My 17 year old son had a blast. We stopped to snorkel and have lunch for about an hour and a half then headed back. Jay told us it would be easier going back but we all disagreed. We laughed about it when we got back. I think it was windier so it made it a little more challenging. Jay thinks this is a beginner course but again we all disagreed and gave him a hard time about. Our group was great. Everyone was really nice and encouraging. I’d highly recommend this trip. I don’t know it if I’d take young once’s unless they are really experienced in kayaking. My son had only kayaked a handful of times but knew how to manipulate the paddles to help turn it stop. If you don’t have an experienced young one then expect to do all the work.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Monica, Glad Jay showed you a good and challenging time on our Hanalei Blue Lagoon paddle and snorkel. Winter we can play "cat and mouse with the surf" and if the surf is too high can compromise the snorkeling component of this tour. Even when we don't manage to snorkel, the Hanalei river and environs are quite striking and panoramic. Thanks for taking the time to give folks an idea of this tour. Stay well and active. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Loved the stories about...
Rory_B
, Nov 2021
Loved the stories about living in Hawaii that our guide shared about the legends , the native species and different parts of island
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Rory, Yes…living in Hawaii/Kaua’i can be “picturesque” challenging and spiritually fulfilling. It is one of many requirements of all our guides to be well versed in both the cultural and natural history of all the areas we celebrate from the ocean to the mountains. Thanks for taking the time to share. A hui hou, Micco PS there are some great books our there on legends specific to Kaua’i: Frederick Wichman - Kaua’i Tales
star-5
The Grand Experience
Myong_H
, Nov 2021
I would recommend Kauai Kayak. Our guide Hotu was amazing. The Hanalei tour was awesome! Hanalei Bay is the most incredible place on earth!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha Myong, Hotu’s other name is Pohaku and is one of the top body boarders on the island. We are so lucky to have him guide our Hanalei river and bay tours where he shares his aloha and keeps you all safe. Thanks for your kind words and will share with Pohaku. And yes Hanalei bay and river and panorama are unsurpassed. A hui hou, Micco
star-4
Beautiful scenery, fun...
BeckiMark_H
, Oct 2021
Beautiful scenery, fun kayaking with a bit of a thrill doing it in the ocean. Great lunch and snorkeling too!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Aloha Becki, Glad you enjoyed Hanalei from both the river and ocean perspective. And yes the Hanalei panorama and back drop is unrivaled. Stay paddling and hold on to that thrill. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Excellent way to experience Hanalei Bay
Max_L
, Oct 2021
Jay did an awesome job on the kayaking and snorkel tour. He gave a thorough explanation of how to handle the kayaks to start, especially in the ocean. We had a nice paddle up the river where he had great info to share about the surrounding mountains and wildlife. He then expertly navigated us through the ocean and reefs to a beautiful secluded beach for lunch and snorkeling where we saw plenty of fish and even a few sea turtles. Overall we had a blast!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Aloha Max, Jay not only excels in the river but is the back bone of all our sea kayaking tours along Na Pali in the summer and whale watching in the winter. As we get into winter, the ocean prevents us from snorkeling off Hideaways, which is the beach Jay navigated you all to; we then snorkel at Pu’u Poa the beach before within the barrier reef. Thanks for taking the time to give Jay 5 stars. Will share with Jay your kind review. Stay paddling and snorkeling. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Great trip
Brieanna_V
, Nov 2020
We saw so many sea turtles on the snorkeling portion of our trip! The kayaking portion through the river offered a great view of mountains.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Aloha Brieann..., Seeing turtles is a good omen; that is the company logo; we are slow but we safely get back. Glad you enjoyed the combo of ocean and the beautiful panorama that surrounds Hanalei. Take care...and keep looking for turtles. Micco
star-5
Outstanding 10
Latisha_T
, Nov 2020
The guides we super funny and experienced. I would recommend this tour to all. We were very grateful to have this opportunity during our COVID vacation. Perfect 👌 tour with awesome guides!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Aloha Latisha, "Outstanding 10"...I guess we can't do better than that! I always thought our excellent guides as kind of "odd"...but funny I don't know. Seriously thanks for taking the time to share and letting us know we are doing a good job. One has to keep our sense of humor and perspective during these strange times and glad that our guides were able to bring in a little sunshine in the storm. Stay well, active and outdoors. A hui hou, Micco
star-5
Kayak and snorkel tour
Sandradee632
, Nov 2020
My daughter and I were so happy to book this tour! It started with us kayaking up the river and we saw several beautiful sites and even a giant sea turtle! Our guides were awesome to notice it for us. Then we kayaked to a beach where we snorkeled and had a great lunch! The fresh sliced pineapple was amazing! Thank you so much!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Aloha Sandra....the turtle is our company icon; slow but we eventually get there as we transit some incredible scenery. Thanks for the 5 star review and your kind words. Stay paddling and snorkeling...and safe. Micco
star-5
Fun on North e d of Kauai
Judy_P
, Mar 2020
Web is a lot of fun and patient, Lunch was good, very nice equipment. Went to a good place for snorkeling and swimming g even though we came in early March and the water was rough at most beaches- Web knew where to take a bunch of people not experienced with ocean as he is. The trip up Hanalei river was peaceful, pretty and very enjoyable. Water drinks and assistance was always available. For someone who kayaks at home in a lake it was a little worrisome to go into the ocean, but Web kept us safe and in a part of Hanalei bay that was very quiet at mouth of Hanalei Bay and Hanalei River. As someone with severe knee injuries I was a little concerned but it was not an issue with Web! Great company great guide
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Aloha Judy, Being Web's favorite Uncle I am fond of and flatter myself that he learned everything from me! Seriously Web is one of our Ace guides who manages to inform while not loosing his sense of fun while keeping groups safe on the river and especially out on the ocean. Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed the beauty of the Hanalei environs both under water and above. Thanks for sharing. A hui hou, Micco *Many a practiced paddler does so, because often they suffer from chronic knee problems. They say old mountaineers as they age...many of them end up paddling.
star-5
Kayaking in Kauai
Dave_S
, Mar 2020
Enjoyed our time kayaking with our group and two tour guides - Web and Steve. They had great stories and were very attentive to everyone in our group, making sure we were safe and having a good time.

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