Wailua River and Secret Falls

MODERATE 31 reviews

Wailua River and Secret Falls is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and sea kayaking and is accessible year-round.

6.6 miles
734 feet
Out & Back



sea kayaking






no dogs

A 14 mile out and back kayak on the Wailua River with a short hike to the majestic Secret Falls. Start this 7-mile paddle by renting a kayak or joining a guided float. Launch your boat, and begin you paddle upstream through thick tropical vegetation. At 1.8 miles, you have the option of docking your boat and explore the Kamokila Hawaiian Village; a traditional Hawaiian village. Continue up the Wailua river until it splits and bear to the right. Paddle through dense vegetation then beach your kayak on the right bank. Walk west on the path. In .3 mile, cross the North Fork Wailua River (use the yellow rope that runs across tributary as a stabilizer). Continue to hike northwest through the dense jungle and along a narrow embankment that is full of gnarled roots and is often muddy (bring close toe sandals.) Continue following the trail along the river bank and pass a cement tower with a water level marker. Turn left; head away from the river, and climb up a short, steep, and often muddy embankment. At the top, cross a small stream and turn right, continuing on trail. Continue until you reach Secret Falls. Enjoy time soaking at the falls then retrace your steps to you boat. Kayak down stream and return to the boat launch (down stream is often more difficult then upstream especially with afternoon trade winds.)

3 days ago

This is a popular excursion offered by most kayaking companies nearby. You can also choose to rent your own and self guide if you're visiting. The kayak portion can be a little exhausting. Many many thought it would be easier than it was and then really struggled. The hike is very easy and the falls isn't that big of a secret... you'll see lots of people there. Nevertheless, a beautiful place to enjoy the day.

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26 days ago

We just went kayaking as the entire tourist population was hiking the trail today. No one at the swim hole so it seemed we had the river to ourselves. Great day. No wind or rain.

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2 months ago

We experienced this trail via Duke's Kayak Adventures... muddy and fun trail to Secret Falls after a quick kayak trip into the jungle. So beautiful and so much fun!!

2 months ago

This is not a trail so much as a series of increasingly onerous suggestions to move through the jungle. If you can't find the "trail" cross the stream. You will lose the trail multiple times so don't get frustrated. If you stay on the right fork of the stream you will eventually get there. I would plan on 3-4 hours (I'm a pretty fast hiker). The previously hiked maps are very helpful to know which side of the stream you should be on. Wear good (water resistant) boots and bring a change of socks. I'd do it again.

2 months ago

whitewater kayaking
3 months ago

It was awesome. We kayaked to the trail and had a great time! The trail was very muddy and slippery. It was very good to have a great guide! Awesome day. We had a bring your own lunch that was kept dry and cool in a cooler backpack provided by the kayak tour company. Cannot say enough good things about our trip!!!'

4 months ago

4 months ago

Take the Rainbow Kayaking tour and kayak to the trail. A one mile hike (fairly strenuous with river crossings!) takes you to Secret Falls where you can swim and have lunch. The kayaking is 2.5 miles each way so it is good to be in fairly decent shape but it isn't that hard. My siblings are in their 60's and did fine! So much fun!!

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5 months ago

Fun kayak and good hike through the jungle.

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10 months ago

well we kayaked in from the beach and that trip was grueling. even with me being fit and strong and my wife helping it was exhausting. once u get on the trail it is a piece of cake. tons of mosquitoes, I got bit every where. the trail was really muddy when we went. but this trail is kid friendly for the most part. the waterfall is perfect. not to wild , not too boring. great for all the pics u could want to take. u can eat food with the dozens of live chickens and roosters by the waterfall. ironically I fed a chicken some chicken and he seemed to really really like it