Kauai: Wailua River
In the middle of Kauai’s eastern coast, the 20-mile Wailua River features lush jungle landscapes, natural lava grottoes, and cascading waterfalls, such as ‘Opaeka’a Falls and Wailua Falls. Once an important seat of chiefly power, the Wailua River Valley still contains the remains of places of worship, known as heiau. Flowing from one of the wettest spots on Earth (5,148-foot Mount Waialeale), the Wailua River is the longest navigable river in the state. Protection from surf and wind make it an optimal place to enjoy a leisurely paddling adventure, whether by SUP, kayak, or outrigger canoe.
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