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Kayak Wailua River to Secret Falls Trail, Kauai Hawaii

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Distance
6 nm
Elevation gain
518 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
472 ft
Max elevation
154 ft
TrailRank 
51
Min elevation
0 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
4 hours 37 minutes
Coordinates
2265
Uploaded
January 1, 2012
Recorded
September 2009
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154 ft
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6.0 nm

near Wailua, Hawaii (United States)

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I'm not trying to cutout the outfitters but this trip is easy and less expensive if you do it on you own. Many of the rental companies offer full day rentals for ~$55 for a 2 person kayak. They will load your car and provide you a map to the falls. Wailua River is Hawaii's largest navigable river. The launch point is in the Wailua State Park. You will kayak about 2 miles upriver to the fork in the river. Take the right fork. A short distance ahead and through several tree tunnels take the left side of the island to the bank area where you pull your kayak to shore. It's easier to start the trail to the falls from the left side . The trail follows the river for 1 ½ miles. The elevation change is minimal. You reach a beautiful 120' waterfall with a large swimming pool area. PLEASE USE CAUTION FOR FALLING OBJECTS.
One advantage in doing the trip on your own is you are not held to the tour time tables. If you are lucky you will be at the falls between groups and you can enjoy listing to the falls and birds. Once you return to your kayak you can now take that other fork and paddle up past the Fern Grotto. (The tour groups just go directly back) Further upriver is a rope to swing out over the river if you feel adventurous. The return trip is a little harder due to the trade winds coming toward you. In all it's an easy trip and we'll continue to be our own tour guide for one-third the cost.

We recorded our trip by GPS and it can be viewed in Google Earth.Distance: 7.24 miles

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