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“Fantasy Island waterfalls” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls
Maalo Rd, off Hwy 580, Lihue, Kauai, HI
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Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Swimming, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A popular waterfall attraction.
Graham, Washington
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“Fantasy Island waterfalls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Okay, If you have watched even one episode of the Fantasy Island T.V. from the 70's, you've already seen these falls. However, 40 years later, that means a LOT of younger people have not seen these falls.

This waterfall is REALLY close to Lihue and therefore, if you are on the island for any length of time, you will pass the turn-off to visit these falls several times. Take the turn off at least one of those times.

Wailua Falls are best after a large rainfall in the mountains. They are just great the other times.

Parking at the falls gets really crowded. There is only one road in and one road out and it ends at the waterfall. Parking is limited so consider parking at a wide spot near the falls. You will know when you are near the falls because of the installation of chain-link fencing to keep people away from the edge of the cliff.

Tripadvisor listed swimming as part of the attraction. DO NOT ATTEMPT! There is a trail to the base of the falls. The locals know where it is. It is extremely steep and extremely slippery when wet. Which, this close to the wettest place on this planet, is virtually ALL OF THE TIME! Take some pictures. You'll enjoy the memories better than a visit to the local hospital (which is conveniently located just a few miles away).

Your visit to these spectacular falls will probably be short so make them a stop along-the-way.

Visited October 2013
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Rocklin, California
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“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We first saw the falls when we drove to see them and then several days later when we took a helicopter ride, we saw them from the air. From the ground we could see a rainbow at the base of the falls, but couldn't see it from helicopter. Easy drive to view them.

Visited November 2013
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“Nice view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Easy drive from the highway. You can't get very close, but there is a nice view from the lookout point.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Great view from the road, even better if you disobey the signs and hike down to the water :) It's a bit steep and slippery, but there are some ropes that help with the climb.

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“If you like waterfalls -- goo see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

These are very pretty. Really beautiful. My only issue was that it was a stop and go. I wanted to explore the area a bit, but there wasn't an option for the non-adventurous or for people who heed the signs asking not to ... So that was a bit of a let down.

Visited October 2013
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