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Hanakapiai Falls, Kauai

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  • This hike is one of our favs. It is anything but secluded when you start at the end of the road as there are too many cars for the limited parking. Get there early because if you park on the road you'...  more »
  • If you are physically fit you should take the time and hike to these falls. A few hours up but it's all worth it. The falls are beautiful and on a hot day take a swim, sit down and enjoy nature at it'...  more »
  • This is a great day hike from Ke'e Beach, but make sure you do it when it hasn't rained for at least 48 hours. It says 8 miles total but my GPS tracker had it closer to 10 miles. The first 1 mile of t...  more »
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  • Difficult hike if your not an experienced hiker. Well worth the trip if you are in reasonable shape. Breathtaking views when you get there. Make sure to bring enough water in. There is no way to get more water until you finish the hike back where you started. It's a total of 8 miles of slippery difficult ups and downs, so make sure you have good shoes, plenty of water, and are prepared to get soaked. Your shoes, socks, and feet will be drenched be the time you get to the falls.
  • Good falls, cold water, great hike up. Bring lots of water on the hike. Bring a change of clothes or a baiting suit in your bag, definitely dive in, even if it's cold.
  • One of the best overall experiences in Kauai. We came in mid-September and it had been rainy in recent days, so the trail was extremely muddy and slick. It is a challenging uphill trek from Hanakapi'ai Beach that can take between 1-2 hours each way depending on your fitness level and the conditions. Some parts of the hike are no joke, especially the river crossings, where one needs to be very sure-footed. We saw many people who probably should not have been hiking this trail, but with cautiousness the rewards are with it. Pack plenty of water, some snacks, a bathing suit and perhaps some sandals. To avoid crowds, come early, as it allows for a more private experience, and reduces the jams along the trail.
  • This is an awesome and great hike to do, don't listen to Jay Dorrance's utter gibberish. For one, how brutal a hike can be is individual, and your car can be broken into anywhere on the island (his off topic review should actually be removed, not featured). The hike itself is awesome as it offers several great vantage points on the way in to the halfway point, where you reach a perfectly idyllic beach. From the beach you start climbing in towards the waterfall for another couple of miles. On the hike up you will pass by bamboo forests, orchids and all kinds of cool wildlife. You will have to cross a small stream/river a few times on the way up, so be prepared for wet feet. When you reach the waterfall, you can go for a quick dip and cool off in a completely amazing cauldron formed by the waterfall. This is a must do if you enjoy hiking, nature and picturesque views galore :)
  • Amazing hike with incredible views and a picturesque waterfall at the end. Bring plenty of water and be prepared to get wet. You'll want to swim in the waterfall at the end of the hike in. Make sure to wear proper footwear that does well in wet conditions. If you are not a seasoned hiker or are not in good shape then this is not a hike you should go on. The 8+ mile round-trip is very strenuous. It is most definitely worth the effort though. Just make sure you are properly prepared and in good enough shape to handle a difficult hike with large elevation changes and a mile of climbing boulders and crossing streams. If you are not a seasoned hiker then I recommend just the hike into the beach and back. The beach is wonderful but playing in the surf is not recommended and very dangerous. All that being said if a difficult hike with amazing scenery is your thing then this is a can't miss while on Kauai