Hanalei | Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel

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Hanalei River & Bay Paddle and Snorkel Exploration

We have time to do it all: from blue water paddling to snorkeling, bird watching, beach combing all during a memorable day that combines 4 hours of  intermittent sea and river kayaking with beach and reef time all within the enchantment of the Hanalei River, Bay, and estuary.

Paddle the calm idyllic and scenic Hanalei Heritage River as your expert guide(s) keep you safe and entertained with local lore, legends, and natural history.

Spend time exploring Hanalei Bay and magnificent panoramic views of the Makana Peak (better knows as Bali Hai).

View the nearby fluted ridges of Namolokama, Mamalahoa, and Hihimanu peaks, which lie like silent sentinels whose waterfalls, drop gourds of water into Wai’oli Valley, which lies behind the town of Hanalei.

We often see Green Sea Turtles and Spinner Dolphins accompanied by avian antics of such birds as the Boobie and Layson Albatross. Shorebirds and river birds such as the Wandering Tattler, Gallinule and Black-Capped Night Heron are seen as well.

Depending on sea conditions and/or group dynamics we can paddle west along the perimeter of the sandy shores of Hanalei Bay and into the lovely waters of Wai’oli stream. Or more commonly venture East to the picturesque sandy beach along Kenomene Bay (Hideaways), for great snorkeling or some beach combing.

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Tour Overview and Highlights


  • Family-friendly for the bit hardier family, perfect for the adventure paddlers and active couples
  • Participants should be comfortable in the water, in good overall physical health, up for the workout, and not prone to sea-sickness
  • This tour is more challenging

When And Where:

  • Check in Wailua River Marina at 8:00 a.m.
    • Those staying on the North Shore can meet us at the Princeville Bus Stop at 8:45 am (next to the 76 gas station)
      • Prohibited to meet tour at Black Pot Beach Park
      • Those staying in Hanalei we can arrange to pick up at their vacation rental
  • 5 person minimum opens a tour — reservations recommended in advance
  • 4 Hour Hanalei River and Bay Exploration
  • Tour staged in Hanalei River Bay area 9:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    • *Times are variable, i.e., longer or shorter, and subject to the vagaries of group and weather dynamics.


  • During winter months there are times Hanalei Bay can off-limits to snorkeling and paddling due to high surf; during those occasions, we explore in depth the upper reaches of the tranquil and panoramic Hanalei River.


  • Guide(s) CPR & 1st Aid, and Water Safety Certified
  • Personal Flotation Devices (life preservers)
  • Double kayaks
  • Snorkel gear
  • Water-resistant bags
  • Lunch (deli made ham, turkey, vegetarian or PBJ sandwiches)
  • Variety of Hawaiian style tropical juices + seltzer water
  • We will no longer be issuing plastic water bottles!
    • To reduce plastic waste we now have a Water Filtration Station 
      • We encourage clients to bring their own water and/or purchases our KK Logo aluminum water bottles (sold at cost) and  fill up with chilled purified water

What To Bring:

  • Sun protection
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Waterproof camera
  • Light shirt
  • Footwear for the beach (aqua socks)
  • Towel and change of clothes

Caveat Emptor:

  • Children under 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult; if not, service will be denied with no refund.
  • Not for children 4 years or younger.

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Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Kayak Kauai observes a firm 24 hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations within 24 hours will receive no refund;(All Na Pali Coast kayaking tours or GROUPS of 6 or more require a 48 hour cancellation notice). Cancellations made by Kayak Kauai due to inclement weather conditions are 100% refundable.

Travel Insurance

Safety is no accident and on every tour we pay special attention to this fact. That said, travel insurance is not a bad idea, especially if a “dark cloud” decides to follow you. Find a company that offers medical, security evacuation and rescue services in the event of a medical or security emergency.