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Address: Maalo Rd, off Hwy 580, Lihue, Kauai, HI
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife
Description: A popular waterfall attraction.
Visit Wailua Falls like an insider
Private Tour
$234*
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Private Tour: Kauai Sightseeing Adventure with Picnic Lunch

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Nice waterfall

This is about a four mile drive on a good but curvy road. Pretty falls but lots of tourists. Easy falls to drive to.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Florence, Oregon
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Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is about a four mile drive on a good but curvy road. Pretty falls but lots of tourists. Easy falls to drive to.

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Monmouth, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the long drive up to the falls. The falls were a stunning sight! Met a local man there "Kona" who was weaving baskets and making little pinwheels from the grass and plants growing around him. He said, "My mother taught this to me."

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The falls areas a very pretty, the view of the valley was wonderful with lush greenery and flowers. We liked the easy access to the falls and close proximity to Kappa. Go early in the morning for clear views

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Nice falls, but they've kinda ruined it for safety's sake. I get it...they don't want people falling over the cliff like people probably used to...but now there's a 4 foot fence along the edge of the road, and an 8 foot fence surrounding everything else, and you just stand at the edge of the road and look at the falls... More 

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Windsor, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

There's a nice "little" parking area at the end of the road. Just follow the signs. You get a great view of the falls and if the sun is in the right place, you get a nice rainbow at the bottom.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Wailua Falls are a not to be missed quick trip. The ride is easy and the views are beautiful...saw a bunch of feral pigs on the drive!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There are not many places you can drive up and see this scenic of waterfall. The only thing that I would ding them on, was that they needed to cut back some of the brush on the other side of the guard rail to make the falls more visible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Wailua Falls is very beautiful. I took a picture of the falls and it had a rainbow across the bottom of the falls!!! It doesn't take long at all to get to these falls. Please take the time to go here if you get a chance.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Compared to the many other beautiful sites on the island of Kauai, this is pretty average. But still a great little drive up in the forest. Next time I think I'd rather take a river tour which takes you to the waterfall from below.

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Blue Earth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The falls were beautiful, but trying to get a good view was a bit of a challenge due to the terrain. There're all kinds of wild chickens running around in this area.

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