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Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

135 reviews
Outdoors,Beaches and Watersports,Hiking and Nature,Scuba Diving,Scenic Lookout
Ranked #1 in Lihue things to do
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Off Highway 580 in Kapaia Valley, Lihue, HI 96766
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Located only a short drive from Lihue, Wailua Falls is one of the more pristine waterfalls on the Garden Isle. The water here falls from three different points, so what you see is more a trifecta of ... Read more
cascading water than your run-of-the-mill single stream. Pouring from the sheer exposed rock face, the falls here plummets some 80 feet into a circular pool surrounded by jungle vegetation that has to be seen in person to appreciate fully. If you find yourself in Kauai grab your fully charged camera and head over to Wailua Falls for some of the best photo opportunities anywhere on the islands.

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These are also known as the Fantasy Island water falls. Quick drive right up to falls for a photo opportunity.

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Grapevine, Texas, USA

This is a waterfall that you can drive up to - and while it's pretty, it's about a five minute photo op and that's it.

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The largest and most photographed Falls in Hawaii. Roadside visible (most falls in Kauai need to be hiked to). Kalapaki is the closest Oceanside lodging area to the falls.

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Tempe, Arizona

The Wailua Falls were featured in the old TV show "Fantasy Island". It's a short drive from the main road, through what use to be sugar cane fields. An enjoyable excursion.

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Beautiful view Wailua Falls. Kalalua Trail, Okolehao Trail and others for endless hiking, Hanalei Wildlife Refuge, Maniniholo Dry Cave, Waikapale’e Wet Cave, all near Hale Haena

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The Wailua Falls and River are a great place to spend the day. We recommend taking Kayaks or Paddle Board with picnic up the river. Or if your not into physical activity take the lazy river Fern Grotto tour boat. There are vendors at the river mouth for rentals. The Falls are a great photo op, expect traffic up to the falls. If you continue up pass the fall on the left about 200 yards, there is a steep down hill, that leads to the shortest kayak rentals and river tour. Be cautious making the left turn, its at the top of road. We do not recommend venturing on past the falls, it will lead you way back to residential area for couple hours.

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Local from Kilauea, Hawaii

A must see. This is the waterfalls featured at the opening sequence of the "Fantasy Island" television series ('The plane boss, the plane"). Easy to get to with plenty of parking. Located in Lihue, you turn inland at the traffic light at Hanamaulu, go approximately 3 miles and turn right at the bottom of the valley in Kapaia (next to the Kapaia Stitchery) and it's approximately 3 mi. up the road. Stop at the Buddhist Cemetery along the way.

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Mountain View, California, USA

One of the most beautiful waterfalls on the road to Hana. Quick stop that shouldn't be missed.

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Amazing spot with great swimming hole. The hike is a bit strenuous, but it is well worth it.

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The falls was amazing! It had rained a lot the night before, so the falls was roaring and there was a rainbow mist rising from it. We even saw a wild boar step out into the parking lot! I could have stayed and watched the falls for hours.

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Most accessible falls you'll ever get to visit up close an personal! We go there often and always enjoy the sights and sounds. Some car trunk shops appear at times, don't miss them if you get the chance. Enjoy the wonders of Kauai, for the most part they're free!

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This is one of the few waterfalls on Kauai that you can drive right up to. If you are adventurous you can even hike up the river to the base of the fall and swim in the pool below the waterfall.

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Local from Princeville, Hawaii

A must see when you are here. This falls was featured in many films. You park your car and a very short walk to the view point. Easy for all to see of all ages.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California

"Da plane! Da plane!" You probably have seen a Fantasy Island opening scene. This is the place!

Parking is extremely limited. Please regard all the signs for your safety.

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Austin, Texas

A beautiful attraction that is not hard to access by car. Definitely a must when visiting Kauai.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

The falls are easy to reach just off the main road with a little parking lot. Short walk and you can be saying, "Boss, da plane, da plane!"

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Local from Kapaa, Hawaii

Wailua Falls, along with the nearby Opaekaa Falls, showcases the great natural beauty of Kaua'i!

Accessing Wailua Falls is easy, requiring a scenic ten minute drive off the main road, Highway 56. At the end of Maalo Road, a small parking area provides great views of the falls.

Even if you do not have much time, this is a great activity. You can see the falls and get back on the road within 30 minutes. Who doesn't have 30 minutes to see a beautiful waterfall?

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Lookout point is very close to the road, no hiking required. A quarter of a mile down the road is a steep hike to the bottom of the falls, for the more adventurous.

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Local from Lihue, Hawaii

Beautiful lookout over the falls. For a avid backpackers, a strenuous hike down the slippery trail to bottom of the falls.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California

If you're seeking waterfalls, this is a good one that flows most the year, but is particularly strong in the winter months. About 40 minutes from Princeville.

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