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Address: Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number:
+1 808-246-6333
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Mon - Wed 08:30 - 15:00
Fri 11:00 - 05:30
Sat 08:30 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Exploring KAUAI BY KAYAK since 1977

For years, Island Adventures has...

Exploring KAUAI BY KAYAK since 1977

For years, Island Adventures has introduced visitors and Kama'ainas (residents), to the magic of the Hule'ia River and it's 241 acres of National Wildlife Refuge.

More recently, the owners of this small company set out to improve on what was already known to our visitor industry professionals as one of the very best kayak trips on Kauai.

"We set out in search of an elusive waterfall that existed only in the memories of a handful of long time Kauai locals. Because of the thick jungle growth, an aerial survey of the area was fruitless. This search for a secret waterfall was to send us on a mission, through thick tangled jungle with no cut trails. After several difficult trips into the valley we were rewarded with the sound of rushing waters. Still, dense vegetation made it impossible to get a close look. We could hear it but couldn't see it"

It took two more attempts for the Island Adventures crew of explorers to make their most exciting discovery. After rappelling down a cliff to the river below, the found not one, but two treasures: Jungle Waterfalls, the tallest one was over 50' high.

A whole year and a half later, a trail had been mapped and cut. Now you don't havce to be Tarzan to enjoy this very special place, which has become the main destination of Island Adventures latest tours. "This Ain't No Zipline" and "Hawaiian Dundee".

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kayak trip and swim

this was a well organized and enjoyable physical adventure. My wife and I were in the same kayak and it was very stable in the water. We paddled for 2 and 1/2 miles up the river... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chehalis, Washington

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Chehalis, Washington
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this was a well organized and enjoyable physical adventure. My wife and I were in the same kayak and it was very stable in the water. We paddled for 2 and 1/2 miles up the river from Lihue and that was followed by a 1/2 mile hike down to another smaller river and the falls which were beautiful. The trail... More 

1 Thank mackdril
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

With neither of us having any rappelling experience, I convinced my wife to go on this adventure. The storefront was easy to find & it was a short trip to the equipment fitting. The crew was very patient with the group & helped everyone get properly fit. Training occurs on a dry wall after plenty of instruction. As the risk... More 

1 Thank JLAW797
Valley Center, California
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This adventure was truly an amazing adrenaline rush! The staff were very knowledgeable and covered each step in great detail, so we felt well prepared before beginning to rappel down the waterfall. Practicing on a dry wall first was very helpful. This adventure is definitely not for the fainthearted or someone afraid of heights. If you like doing outdoor activities... More 

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity but it is not for everyone. You need to have some coordination and be physically fit. If you are afraid of heights do not attempt this. The guides are very professional and if you listen to them you will have a great time. You do have to listen or you can get... More 

2 Thank RRH01
Cave Creek, Arizona
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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the rappelling down the waterfall. We are both in our 50's. It was a blast! The instructors are extremely professional and competent. Their resume's are impressive and put me immediately at ease. After the training on a man made dry wall, there is a short hike to the waterfall. Everyone rappelled down the right and left sides of... More 

2 Thank Eric G
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is Not Disneyland - our lead told us as he ran us through the drill of how to rappel. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, adventure then this is place. It's for real rappelling down a waterfall with serious consequences if YOU don't pay attention. That said, it's thrilling and the 6 guys who instructed guided, took... More 

3 Thank Dogbouy
Macomb, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Their were 6 instructors for a group of 17 people. Thoroughly reviewed every facet of safety and how to correctly repel. All instructors very patient and skilled in repelling, friendly and outgoing and wanted to make sure you had a great time. My wife signed us up for this and I don't like heights, however, ever safety wall practice repelling... More 

2 Thank RickCraze0514
Long Island City, New York
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Definitely a unique experience repelling down waterfalls. Decent physical condition required. Good training provided to get you ready to repel. Lots of fun for the family!

1 Thank TravelMomLongIsland
Bettendorf, Iowa
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a great small group (we had 14) kayak trip with a nice nature walk to waterfalls. The 60 foot waterfall was beautiful and it was very easy to access (the trail to get there is lined with rope to hang onto). Our guide, Renan was really great! He knew lots about the local history and culture which we... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The river Kayak trip was very easy, informational, and peaceful. The waterfall hike was short and the waterfalls were spectacular. I swam in front of the 60 foot one and liked it very much. Special thank you to Nan, our wonderful guide. He made the trip for all of us! The lunch provided could be improved upon.

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