Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Kauai  /  Lihue  /  Nature  /  Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls, Lihue
(4.4/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Lihue itinerary builder to add Wailua Falls and other attractions to your Lihue vacation plans.
Create a full Lihue itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Lihue

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Lihue by other users

8 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA November, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Kauai BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Kauai BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Kauai BY A USER FROM CANADA October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • the falls was very nice but the parking is very limited, if the lady is there selling banana bread it is good!! 
  • Worth the side trip to check out the waterfalls that were featured on the opening of the old TV show "Fantasy Island". It was a fun stop. 
  • This is a don't miss waterfall on Kauai. It was featured in the old TV series Fantasy Island. It is an easy drive the get there. There is a small parking lot by the falls. And from the road, you can s...  more »
Google
  • Another awesome waterfall you should see if visiting the island of Kauai. The parking is a little tricky and if you try to get the best spot by driving all the way to the end of the road you may have a hard time turning around. If you want a little exercise, it doesn't hurt to park early and walk a little and enjoy the scenery. Pay attention to signs and don't climb over the fence. Yes, when I was there someone had jumped the fence to get the perfect photo.
  • Great looking waterfall, a few spaces where you can park for up to 20 minutes. It's a little tight in the car park and you'll find a fee traders selling drinks and souvenirs. You can't get close to the falls and must take pictures from a viewpoint above.
  • Beautiful waterfall, you have to climb to get in the pool under the fall (dangerous and you need time). Sometimes you have to wait until you get a free parkinglot.
  • Stunning waterfall! Beautiful views, don't step over the guard rail!
  • Iconic falls, prettier than I imagined they'd be.