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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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  • These are beautiful falls that can easily be seen from the road, and after having seen many secluded falls over our trip am probably feeling jaded.  more »
  • Pretty!!! There's a lovely view of the waterfall with a rainbow from the view point. We saw a few people swimming down in the pool and it looked so nice! I've read you can catch boat tours to the Fall...  more »
  • Grew up watching Fantasy Island since it was one of my dad’s favorite schows. So when I found out this was one of the sights on the opening credit it was a much visit. Wasn’t dressed appropriate to sc...  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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