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Wailua Falls, Lihue

4.5
#3 of 31 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 was our first waterfall on Kauai. It is very pretty and well worth the drive to get there. There are many beautiful falls on Kauai. This is one of them!  more »
  • Wasn’t expecting much as we had not heard much about these falls. Short drive and was it amazing. It is actually a twin falls with a lake at the bottom and probably a river that you can’t see. The wat...  more »
  • Stopped by to view this natural beauty on the way back from a day trip to a rum distillery. Mother nature sure does make great scenery  more »
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  • Beautiful view of one of the largest waterfalls around. Very accessible by car, and it’s a nice drive getting there. We were disappointed that you could neither hike down to the falls or swim in them, but nearby secret falls provides that. Mostly a great spot for photos.
  • Easy to drive to and see without any hiking, but can't see the whole thing from the roadside. If you are willing to brave sliding in the mud and steep trail with roots as handholds you can get to the bottom. Make sure you go early and park around the corner because you will exceed the listed 20 min parking if you climb down.
  • Very interesting and pretty waterfalls. Unfortunately the viewing area forces one to see it from an angle that you cannot see the bottom of the falls. There is one 'prohibited' trail that will take one to the stream above the falls and a very long hazardous trail that will take one to the stream below the falls with a direct, unobstructed view of the falls. If you like waterfalls, take the trip and there is no hiking necessary.
  • A purely magical tropical waterfall in paradise. Such a treat to watch the waterfall and the birds of paradise gliding through the air around the falls. If you are physically fit enough to do it, I would definitely recommend hiking to the bottom of the falls and explore the pool below. There are so great vantage points for once-in-a-lifetime photos!! Don't forget to wear trunks to take a dip in the refreshing pool before hiking back up.
  • Wailua falls is beautiful place. We saw it from the top however there was a path to go down that was probably closed or no clear directions.
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