Hanalei | Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel


 Monday thru Saturday

New: Offering a second tour beginning May 1 thru September

Holidays and/or demand

Hanalei River & Bay Paddle and Snorkel Exploration

We have time to do it all!

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 with magnificent panoramic views of distant Makana Peak (known also as Bali Hai).

View the nearby fluted ridges and peaks of Namolokama, Mamalahoa, and Hihimanu, 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 sometimes Spinner Dolphins accompanied by avian antics of such birds as the Boobie and Layson Albatross.  Also seen are shorebirds and river birds such as the Wandering Tattler, Gallinule and Black-Capped Night Heron to name a few.

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 beach combing.

Watch a Video Preview of the Hanalei Blue Lagoon Paddle & Snorkel Tour


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 a wee bit more challenging

When And Where:


  • Check in Wailua River Marina at 8:00 a.m.
    • If staying Princeville can arrange to pick up on way
    • Those staying in Hanalei can be dropped off or walk to Black Pot Beach Park
      • Clients are not allowed to park at Black Pot
  • In water: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Out of water: 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Back to Shop at Wailua River Marina: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.

SECOND TOUR: (May 1 thru September Holidays and/or demand)

  • Check in Wailua River Marina at 11:00 a.m.
    • If staying Princeville can arrange to pick up on way
    • Those staying in Hanalei can be dropped off or walk to Black Pot Beach Park
      • Clients are not allowed to park at Black Pot
  • In water: 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Out of water: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Back to Shop at Wailua River Marina: 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.


  • *Times are variable, i.e., longer or shorter, and subject to the vagaries of group, traffic , 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  no longer issue 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 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:

Before you sign up, please be aware…

Since 1984 when we began celebrating the field and streams of Kaua’i we have not had a confirmed case of Leptospirosis. That said, know that you are taking a risk when plying our tropical rivers waters. Pregnant folks should, especially take heed.

CDC Leptospirosis Fact Sheet

  • 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.

Weight Limit Rule of Thumb: 

Our double kayaks can comfortably handle 500 pounds or less.
If participants surpass this weight limit we encourage a motor boat alternative.

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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.