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Wailua Falls, Lihue

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#3 of 24 in Nature in Kauai
Although Wailua Falls once served as a jumping point for proving manhood, today the natural wonder is a popular destination for hikers and photographers. Normally, the falls split into two streams, and occasionally break into three; they can become one wild stream during particularly rainy periods. A short walk from the parking area will deliver you to a view from above. A longer hike down through the forest gives you a view from the bottom up. This hike is steep, muddy, and slippery, so it is usually discouraged. If you decide to give it a try, take plenty of water and bug spray. Plan trip to Lihue with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • This waterfall is one of the most beautiful of kauai and very easy to visit. Has a double drop and is the side of the road, very close to the airport and the town of lihue. Have a tight parking and most people to visit the waterfall, hit some shots and walks away. It is possible to go down to the waterfall, but the trail is a little dull and muddy. Most of them don't come down. I enjoyed it although I waited any longer. Not worth losing part of a day or taking time to do this as a main program. But in one of the passages between the northern part and the southern part of the island is worth making a quick detour and visit this waterfall that is beautiful and photogenic.
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  • Wow, what an amazing site. The falls are beautiful but be prepared to wait for a parking place. We went on Super Bowl Sunday when I was raining HARD.. and we still had to wait!! Gorgeous view.  more »
  • Long winding narrow road to get to the falls. Parking along the road. The falls are not spectacular from the viewing area, but worth seeing.  more »
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  • The waterfall was pretty from the parking area that was very crowded. Chickens everywhere and there was a pig tied up to a railing. The waterfall is viewed from a distance for good photos. Part of the waterfall looks like an escape valve from a pipe. There is a trail that leads to the base but we didn't venture down. It's very close to the main highway that made it very easy to visit and worth the time if you can find parking.
  • One of the coolest waterfalls on Kauai, if you're up for it you need to try the hike down to the base of the falls and enjoy a swim. Be warned this trail is short but not for the faint of heart.
  • Definitely worth a visit when you are in Kauai. Breathtaking view!
  • Wonderful view from the bottom after a short but slightly challenging 0.3 mile hike starting from the sign that says "don't go beyond this point".. other reviews say you can't go down that way, but you can. Just wear some sneakers and you'll be fine. Better view than from the top. Totally worth it!!
  • Easy to drive to. Not easy to hike to

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