If spending a day on a calm Hawaiian river exploring the Garden Isle sounds appealing, than kayaking could be one of the most perfect things to do in Kauai. Kayaking in Kauai can be a great way to see the more remote interior of the island–and get some exercise. If you are staying on the North Shore, Kayak Kauai has several different rental packages for the adventurous looking to spend a day on the water. From the Kayak’s dock in Hanalei, you can paddle 2 miles upstream (the current is mild, so this is some work, but not totally exhausting) into the Hanalei Wildlife refuge. This picturesque paddle will allow you to venture into the protected wildlife refuge and get some good exercise simultaneously.
After paddling the 2 miles upstream, you can take the easier paddle downstream to Hanalei Bay. Make sure if you venture into the open waters of Hanalei Bay it is when conditions are mild (usually only in the summer months) and stay in the reef protected area of the bay.
If you still want a Kayak adventure, but have no experience and would like a guided tour, Kayak Hanalei has some great tours that will allow you to explore Kauai’s North Shore. For more information, visit their web site .
- Respect the fragile environment
- Wear your life preservers
- Do not venture into the open ocean without experience. If you do, stay close to shore
- Avoid paddling in surfing and swimming areas
- Give space to aquatic birds in the wildlife refuge, some are endangered
- Carry out all trash
- Rivers are docile with little current, so don’t be afraid to venture upstream
- Stick to your float plan
- Bring plenty of water/sunscreen
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- Single or double kayaks
- Life preservers
- Back rests
- Car racks if necessary
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