Combo Adventure in Kauai - Kayaking and Hiking to Secret Falls
Whether it’s your first time in Kauai or you're kama'aina (Hawaii resident), Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls) is a perfect combo of kayaking and hiking. I stress that it is a combo as to access the Secret Falls trailhead because you must arrive by water. Most choose to kayak, but for those adventurers looking for a real ab workout, they can try a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). However, make sure to refuel at the falls. It is a four-mile roundtrip river paddle plus a moderate, hour roundtrip hike.
How to do the combo of Secret Falls?
Many tour operators run guided tours up the Wailua to Secret Falls everyday of the week, minus Sunday. If you want a guided trip with gear and lunch included or just want to rent, you can find various tours and rentals right at the Wailua Marina or near the Wailua State Park. Having my own kayak, I put it at Wailua State Park, which has ample parking, boat launch, and bathrooms. In either scenario, be prepared with sunscreen, hiking sandals/shoes, bug spray, picnic goodies, and your libation of choice.
**I will warn you that many times the way back on kayak or SUP is harder as the winds tend to come from the ocean. So, be prepared to earn your dinner after Secret Falls.