River Kayak and Waterfall Rappeling

back to: Kauai Island Hawaii United States of America

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Location: Kalapaki Beach, Paena Loop, Lihue, HI 96766, United States | Lihue, United States

Category: Adventures

Kayaking trip through the protected Hule'ia Wildlife Refuge
Chance to rappel on 30- & 60-foot (9- & 18-m) waterfalls
Opportunity to see native flora & rare Hawaiian waterbirds
State-of-the-art rappelling equipment & expert instruction
Picnic lunch with views over the scenic Haupu Mountains

Guided tour of the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge
Kayak, paddle, dry bag, and lifejacket
Rappel equipment and safety gear
Roundtrip transportation to and from the Da Life store
Commentary and instruction in English


Set out for an adventurous exploration of the Hulei’a National Wildlife Refuge, kayaking and rappelling through culturally significant Hawaiian lands closed to the general public. Paddle the river, rappel down a 60-foot (18-m) waterfall, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the lush tropical forest.

Your tour begins with a leisurely kayak ride down the winding Hule’ia River, which passes through the heart of the verdant wildlife refuge. Home to native and endangered species of waterbirds like the nene and Hawaiian Stilt, this Kauai rainforest is only accessible by kayak.

Admire the abundant guava, passion fruit, ferns, and other jungle flora as you hike along a short trail to a van that takes you to the rappelling trailhead. Get a detailed lesson on using the state-of-the-art ropes, carabineers, and safety equipment before trekking down to Bamboo Falls.

This hidden, 30-foot (9-m) cascade offers your first opportunity to step over the cliff’s edge and descend the falls, feeling the rush as you hop and lower yourself down the wet and mossy surface. With your warm-up rappel under your belt, head to Hawaiian Dundee—this 60-foot (18-m) fall tumbles into a tranquil pool, perfect for swimming.

Hike back for a gourmet deli-style lunch in a shady picnic spot overlooking the river and the craggy green peaks of the Haupu Mountain Range before your return drive to Lihue.

Cancellation Policy: 5 days
Know before you book: Children 4 and younger are not allowed., Children 6 and older may participate in the 30-foot (9-m) rappel., Children 12 and older may participate in the 60-foot (18-m) rappel., If you are pregnant, you may not take part., If you have back, neck, lower back, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate. You must have good circulation and healthy, unblocked breathing, You must be able to climb and walk up 8 flights of stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain., Your waist size must be between 23 and 50 inches (58–127 cm) to participate in rappel.

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