Kayak the Hanalei River
A kayak trip on Kauai's Hanalei River is a peaceful and adventurous way to experience the island's scenic natural wonders.
The perfect place to start your voyage on the Hanalei River is at Kayak Hanalei. At Kayak Hanalei you can easily rent a kayak or SUP and launch from their private dock into the calm and gentle waters of the Hanalei River.
A voyage up the river takes you underneath the famous Hanalei Bridge and into the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, a wondrous place teeming with native birds and greenery.
On our most recent voyage, we traveled downstream to the mouth of the Hanalei River at Hanalei Bay. It was a beautiful, calm and sunny day on the river. We brought along our Kauai Surf Co. 40L waterproof backpack in case it rained, or our kayak tipped over!
There is a slight current when headed downstream, providing a gentle assist. The waters are almost always calm on the river and this is a trip that most beginners and those with little kayaking experience can accomplish. The trip down the river to Hanalei Bay takes about 30 minutes.
The river is relatively shallow but deep enough for kayaks, SUPs and jet skis. Sometimes you can see a very famous surfer on a jet ski who lives on the river.
The river voyage ends at the mouth of the Hanalei River at Hanalei Bay. Black Pot Beach Park is to the left, out front is Hanalei Bay, and to your right is Hanalei River Ridge. If you are a more experienced kayaker you can venture farther out to the area around the Hanalei Pier.
The return trip back up the river, despite the current, is no problem. To make it easier, stay out of the middle of the river where the current is stronger. Expect about 45 minutes for the return trip to Kayak Hanalei.
The following photos from our kayak trip on the Hanalei River were taken with a GoPro Hero 7 Black camera.
Kayak Hanalei Photos
Approaching the mouth of the Hanalei River at Hanalei Bay.
Black Pot Beach Park
To the right is Hanalei River Ridge. There is a very small beach with rocks below the ridge and near the mouth.
Hanalei's mountains feature prominently on the horizon on the trip back up the river.
Kayak Hanalei storefront.
Afterwards, head next door to Wishing Well Shave Ice for a delicious treat.