The final thing we wanted to do on Kauai was some kayaking.
Recommendations pointed us to the Hanalei River for a few miles of paddling
upstream then back downstream. We chose "Kayak Kauai" out of our guide
book. We were pleased to find that we could paddle from their property,
then either right onto the Hanalei River or the Hanalei Bay! We chose....both.
First we went the mile or so downstream into the Bay where we paddled around
checking out the few boats, nice beaches, and the superb views. We beached
for a bit to relax then paddled around to the front of the ultra-resort and
classy-looking Princeville. Back to the mouth of the river and upstream we found
coconut trees lining the sides and all sorts of roots and strange looking trees
dipping into the water. Several locals were fishing along the way. In some spots, the trees hung
down so close that the kayak could barely
fit through. The river kept getting narrower and the turn-around spot is when
you can't paddle anymore. After a while (and too much sun) we were there. We
just tied off to a tree and had snacks in the boat and walked around the shallow
water. During the leisurely paddle back downstream we saw a bar/restaurant that
was open and a spot where we could easily pull the kayak up! At this point the
kayak went on auto-pilot and next thing ya know we were having a couple beers.
After that we somehow missed the turnoff for the side stream that would lead us
back to "Kayak Kauai" and almost got back into the Bay. Oops.