Well it’s been a hot minute since I talked about our Hawaii trip, two months to be exact, so I think that it’s about time that I circled right back around and finished up my recap of this trip, hopefully before it’s been two whole years since we’ve been to Hawaii! Anyways, it’s time to talk about one of the activities on our trip that truly tested not only our endurance, but our marriage as well, our kayaking trip on the Wailua River!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

When you think of Hawaii, one of the things that probably immediately comes to mind, besides beautiful beaches and mai tais, is beautiful waterfalls. When I was researching our trip I wanted to make sure that we had a good mix of activities that would get us out of the hotel so I wouldn’t get too bored just laying by the beach or the pool, and one of the things that I stumbled upon was a kayaking adventure with Outfitters Kauai. The description said that you could kayak up a river then hike to a waterfall, which sounded totally amazing, so I signed us up for the excursion!

Thankfully the location meet up point was right down the street from our hotel in Poipu, so while we did have to be there very early in the morning (7:45 is very early when you’re on vacation) it really wasn’t too terrible in the grand scheme of things. The parking situation was a whole other pickle though, I recommend getting there even earlier because the parking lot can fill up fast and parking across the street is very limited. Once we arrived at the check in, we got outfitted in our lifejackets, were given brief instructions on how to use the kayaks, and were given a dry bag before loading up in the van to head to the Waimea River, where we’d be kayaking for the day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The kayaks that we were using were tandem kayaks that had a rudder, which meant that while we both had oars and would be paddling, the person in the back could use their foot pedals to steer the kayak a little bit better. Generally they suggest that the stronger person sit in the back of the kayak and steer, so into the back Chris went. We all loaded up our kayaks once we arrived at the river and before we knew it, it was time to kayak up the river so we could make it to the waterfall by lunchtime.

While we had heard horror stories about the kayaking trip that my parents had when they were in Kauai, I don’t think that Chris and I were fully prepared for how hard the kayaking would actually be. We’re by no means super in shape people, but we’re not super out of shape either, so we thought that it would be fine. Honestly, the kayaking wasn’t too hard, what was hard was the navigation up the river. The river was super narrow at some points and sometimes we were navigating through an area with several fallen trees, and poor Chris was trying to navigate as best that he could with me trying to be the “front seat” driver and trying to tell him what he was doing wrong. Needless to say this was probably the most trying thing that we’d done together our whole marriage, and I’m very proud to say that we survived and are stronger for it. They don’t call tandem kayaks “divorce kayaks” for nothing!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai
Don’t let the smiles fool you!

After we had managed to navigate the river, we had a brief hike before we made it to the waterfall where we’d be having lunch, which is provided by Outfitters Kauai. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by the waterfall, which was really just a trickle, but that really was because of the time of the year that we visited, which was the dry season versus the rainy season. We spent about an hour or so swimming and enjoying the cool water before we headed back to our kayaks and kayaked back down the river. And don’t worry, the trip back was a lot easier than the first part of the trip!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

Overall, we really did have a great time on our kayaking adventure, even though it was a little bit of a trying day for us. It got us out of the hotel, we got try to something new, and we got to visit a waterfall (even if it was little more than a trickle). So if you’re looking for a different adventure during your time on Kauai, definitely check out Outfitters Kauai and their kayak adventures. The price of our adventure is $108/person but we got ours on discount for $100/person. Here are a few things that you need to remember before your own kayaking adventure on Kauai:

  • Pack lots of sunscreen and bug spray and reapply- You’re going to be outside all day long. I speak from experience, and believe there’s nothing like a really bad sunburn to ruin your trip! Also, you’re literally on a river, so there will be bugs, so wear bug spray so you don’t get bitten.
  • Bring a waterproof camera- You will be out on the water the entire day, so make sure to pack a waterproof camera or put your iPhone in a waterproof case. You’ll be working on paddling for a lot of the day, but there will still be some opportunities to snap some pictures!
  • Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and that you can hike in- Remember the activity that you signed up for, kayaking, which involves water. Don’t expect to go on this trip and not get wet, so plan your wardrobe accordingly! Also, there is some hiking involved in this activity, so make sure that you can go hiking on some pretty rugged terrain in the shoes that you’re wearing. No flip flops people!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

So there you have it, finally all about our kayaking adventure on Kauai. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women for the first anniversary of Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have I convinced you that you need to try kayaking during your next trip, or have I scared you away from it?

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All about a crazy adventure kayaking the Wailua River in Kauai. Be prepared, those tandem kayaks are called divorce kayaks for a reason!

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