One of the best ways to explore Kauai is by kayak. With its pristine waters, abundant marine life, and stunning landscapes, it is no wonder why kayaking is such a hit on Kauai. Whether you are new to kayaking or a seasoned veteran, Kauai offers wonderful kayaking experiences for all skill levels.
The team at Parrish Kauai highly recommends spending some time kayaking around the island. To help you get started, we are highlighting a few of our favorite kayaking locations, as well as some guided tour options that can add more context to your paddling.
Amazing Places to Go Kayaking on Kauai
There is an abundance of places to go kayaking on Kauai, but the Wailua River is undoubtedly one of the most popular. This beautiful waterway flows through the lush rainforest and is home to exotic birds, fish, and turtles. Kayaking down the Wailua River is a serene and peaceful experience, and it is perfect for beginners or families with children.
If you want to go kayaking on the Wailua River, there are plenty of businesses nearby that offer kayak rentals. Due to the accessibility of the Wailua River, a tour might not be necessary. However, if you are interested in a guided experience, some of the tour companies that offer guided kayak tours down the Wailua River include Kayak Kauai and Wailua Kayak Adventures. The Wailua River holds much cultural significance, and a tour will help you learn more about this meaningful site.
Another great spot for kayaking is Hanalei Bay. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, Hanalei Bay boasts crystal clear waters and stunning mountain views. Keep your eyes peeled because Hanalei Bay is known for its marine life; if you are lucky, you might spot a dolphin or sea turtle. During the summer months, the water is very calm, making for a great location for kayaking beginners.
One of the best things about kayaking Hanalei Bay is the sheer number of tour options. Whether you are looking for a short one-hour kayaking excursion or a day-long experience, there is a tour perfect for you. Kayak Hanalei is a great tour company, and they also offer kayak and beach rentals.
The final kayaking location we would like to highlight is the Na Pali Coast. You have probably heard of the breathtaking beauty of the Na Pali Coast, a stretch of rugged coastline with green-covered cliffs, sharp ridges, and secluded beaches. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the Na Pali Coast.
The Na Pali Coast is the most challenging of our recommended kayaking locations around Kauai and is not well suited for beginners. However, if you have experience and are looking for a challenge, kayaking the Na Pali Coast will be a rewarding paddling experience. Na Pali Kayak offers several kayak tours of the Na Pali Coast as well as kayak rentals if you seek your own adventure.
Relax in Your Vacation Rental After Your Kayaking Adventure
After getting a workout kayaking around the island, return to your vacation rental from Parrish Kauai. We offer a wide range of vacation rentals, ranging from luxurious condo rentals to private vacation homes in some of Kauai’s most sought-after destinations. Please browse our rentals today and make your reservation online.