This amazing river kayak adventure takes you into the 241-acre Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, a refuge not open to the public. The Huleia is home to some of Hawaii's native wetland birds and plants. Visit famous movie locations in the shade of mango trees along the shore of the river. At the end of your 2 1/2-mile downwind paddle, you'll take an interesting 1/2-mile nature walk along an exotic forest trail. Next, your guides will take you on a short van ride to the head of a lush jungle trail where you begin your hike to two secluded, very private waterfalls! The largest waterfall, Jungle Falls, is 50 feet and drops into a shallow pool where you can relax and enjoy this tropical setting. Wrap up your journey with a custom-made deli lunch in a 'picnic hale' on a bluff overlooking the Huleia Valley.
Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age and weigh no more than 250 lbs. Wear a swimsuit, water shoes or sport sandals, and bring a towel.
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7 of 8(88%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Discover Jungle Falls By Kayak
Review 1 for Discover Jungle Falls By Kayak
Date:May 17, 2013
More than a "2"
We went on this trip in mid-May. It was fun but should be rated higher than a "2" in our estimation. Kayaking was okay, but 2.5 miles was plenty.
The hike down to the waterfall is both slippery and steep. But that's nothing compared to the hike back up the hill. As others have noted, good shoes are a must for the hike. If you aren't in pretty good physical shape, think carefully about this excursion. Should be rated a "3", IMO.
My husband and I have never been kayaking before. This was a little strenuous for us but we made it with help from the motor boat that will tow if you get too far behind. The hike was not bad going down but your are walking over rocks and slippery mud as other reviewers noted. You have to wear the right shoes. There were ropes on the trees that you really needed to hang on to at times so you wouldn't fall. The waterfall was great and almost everyone in our group went in the water. People did climb behind the falls but I thought it was too risky to try. OSHA would have had a field day with this trip!. Guides were knowledgeable and lunch provided was good. We like this tour but I think it was a little over our comfort level of activity.
The first thing I would like to say is that you really need to wear water shoes on this excursion, not sandals or slip on shoes. the hiking portion of this trip is steep trails with sticks and rocks.
Overall this was one of my favorite excursions. The kayaking was fun, not too strenuous. The hiking was nice, better with the right shoes. The waterfalls were spectacular and we got to go swimming under the larger one.The guides were excellent and knew a lot about the area.
I have never kayaked before so I was a little worried about falling out and not being able to get back in. I found out that as long as you and your partner stay seated in the middle and don't stand, you won't tip. I thought it was very pretty kayaking and we got to see the replaced rope swing from Indiana Jones. After kayaking we hiked down to two different water falls. I think it's extremely important to note that this hike isn't strenuous because of length but it is extremely muddy and steep. There are ropes for you to hold but without taking your time and proper shoes, you will fall. We wore skeletoes which are water shoes with good traction. There was a lady by herself wearing flip flops and she was very out of shape. If my husband wasn't there to assist her, she may still be there j/k. I, sure a guide would have gotten to her on their way up. Once at the waterfall you have an option to climbs up the wall using a rope so you can stand behind the waterfall. My husband decided to be adventurous and really enjoyed it. Once you hike back up, they serve delicious deli sandwiches that are quite filling with chips and drink. You get to chose if you'd like tuna, turkey, roast beef, ham, etc. also, when you get there they give you a waterproof pack that you can put your belongings in. Overall, this was a great excursion and I'm glad we did it.
This was an awesome tour, kayaking down the river through the most lush, beautiful, tropical scenery imaginable, followed by a hike through a private reserve to Jungle Falls. The hike was a bit steep,but if you use one of the walking sticks offered, it will help you through the rough spots. The falls are a sight to behold, just absolutely beautiful. You can swim and take pictures. A delicious lunch followed the swim. Tara and our guides were awesome, providing much information about the area. I wish I could remember our one guide's name because he was native Hawaiian and he provided so much history and stories about the island and the culture. He was so interesting and added so much to our experience.
We totally enjoyed the kayaking! We went up river with the wind at our backs. Wear some shoes that you don't care if they get wet and muddy. The trek through the jungle and to the waterfall was strenuous! The lunch was VERY good!! Our favorite excursion with some good exercise!
We had never kayaked before so we were a little nervous about this trip. And we did have some difficulties once we got in the water but the guides were very helpful and encouraging. The views as you kayaked down the river were gorgeous. Cliffs, mountains and the groves that flanked the river were a sight not to be missed. They give you a water proof bag so bring your camera. We didn't and were upset that we don't have great pics from this trip. After kayaking for a while we walked thru some wooded area to a van that awaited us and took us to a picnic type area. The food they provided was wonderful. Another great view from this area. The guides told us all about the numerous movies shot in the area. We then hiked down a very steep hill which was very slippery because it had rained for a little bit. Be sure to wear tennis shoes for this part. And not be afraid to get muddy! Once we reached the bottom we hiked for a small time to a beautiful waterfall. We were 1 of three couples to actually swim in the waterfall everyone esle just watched. I was surprised at how many people did not get in the water. It was rocky but we had brought swim shoes as I had read other reviews before we went. The guides were very helpful in getting everyone's picture in front or in the waterfall. We hiked back up and then were transported back to the ship. Super fun trip. Just be prepared to get muddy and practice kayaking before you go!
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Review 8 for Discover Jungle Falls By Kayak
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:July
Cruise Date Year:2010
Favorite activities:Family oriented
I want to go here next:Panama Canal
Date:May 31, 2011
Dont Miss This Trip
One of the best excursion our family has been on. So much to do with the kayaking, walking swimming and a great lunch at the end of the trip.