Wailua River

Written by Tara Peris
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The Wailua river is among the most famous treasures on the island of Kauai. Winding across a significant stretch of the island, it is a must-see for all visitors. Whether you observe it on foot or in a canoe or kayak, it is bound to be a highlight of your trip. The trick is to incorporate it into other activities so as to gain full appreciation of this amazing resource.

The Wailua river holds special status as the only accessible river in the state of Hawaii. Thus, depending on the stretch of river you cross, you are likely to encounter canoes, kayaks, and even a few small boats. Experienced travelers know that the best way to see the river is in an active capacity.

Explore the Wailua River by Kayak
To that end, it makes sense to consider renting a kayak. The great thing about kayaks is that they allow you to get in to remote nooks and crannies that you can't access by foot or in big boats. When it comes to the Wailua, visitors can capitalize on its numerous forking paths for a day of adventurous exploring.

Of course, there are many other activities that make the Wailua river a worthwhile trip. The river begins at Wai'ale'ale crater but extends to broader stretches of water where it is possible to water ski. This too, makes for a fun way to spend an afternoon at the river.


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