We had booked tour to hike to the Secret Falls in the Wailua River State Park. This was my first time Kayaking with my husband. We were very uncoordinated in the beginning but after a while we got a hang of it. We were surrounded by beautiful scenery and Wailua River Banks and reached the a dead end after which we had to hike through the forests and the dirt and muck. The rain added to the mess created and I got my feet super dirty but it reminded me of childhood days of Ratnagiri. Along the way our guide shared some ancient Hawaiian stories of the king and his queen. We soon reached the “Secret Falls” which I don’t think is a secret anymore considering how crowded it was. Once we took a dip in the water from the waterfall and enjoyed the beauty we were on our way back to our Kayak’s. I thought it was going to be easier to paddle downstream. But our tour guide told us,in the case of Wailua, that is often not the case. After paddling relatively easily upstream,we were paddling against 25-30 knot headwinds on your return down stream. That was hard but our guide shared a trick with us that is to stay close to the river bank where it is more sheltered and to paddle at a continuous pace that is comfortable rather than paddling hard for a short period of time and having to stop often. The entire loop to the waterfall and back was close to ~7 miles. Undoubtedly we had an amazing experience that will be etched in my memory forever..
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