Wailua Falls

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Chad G
13 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Wailua Falls is a gorgeous falls that runs year round on the east side of Kauai. The triple falls has a significant volume of water and is known to have rainbows form when the sun hits right. The are locals there selling artwork and homemade bread and the ever present chickens. The path down to the river has been closed for some time, but now is fenced off and ignoring the warnings can result in fines of over $500. My only regret is that the vegetation on the other side of the retaining wall is overgrown and makes it difficult to get a great shot, unless you are over 6’6”. I ended up using my cell to remote into my camera attached to a fully extended tripod balanced on the rock retaining wall to get the shot.
Written February 21, 2020
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Cassidy S
3 contributions
Jun 2021
This was not a hike to do if you are not prepared for muddy and steep conditions. You should have on hiking shoes or hiking sandals. Many people attempt this not prepared which makes it very dangerous. Given the proper footwear, anyone with athleticism and patience will make it to the falls properly. You can swim in the pool or go behind the falls. Be prepared to get wet.
Written June 26, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,536 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The falls are about 4 miles off the main road and deserve a trip up to view. The double falls are viewed behind a fence, with tight parking since this is where the road ends. We lucked out and got a spot, though, when leaving, there were a dozen cars in line waiting to navigate the tight quarters into a slot. Some crazy people went around the fence to stand on the top of the falls for selfies. Just don’t get it.
Written January 28, 2022
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surfercharlie
Glendive, MT827 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Beautiful dual falls just outside of the town of Lihue. These falls were filmed for the introduction to the t.v. show Fantasy Island. They are truly beautiful and the scenery around the falls only enhances them more. The day we went it was very busy. We parked on the side of the road with everyone else. Fighting the congestion was worth the view.
Written May 14, 2022
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Liz P
Topeka, KS985 contributions
Jan 2020
We made the easy drive to see Wailua Falls because if the nice reviews. Parking was abundant probably because of the time of year and early morning. I agree that it might get crowded at other times.

I was a little disappointed in the area around the falls. Weeds, trees and foliage have grown up along the railing between the road and cliff to the river. It is difficult to get a nice view of the Falls. Young people climbed on top of the railing to get a better view and a good picture, but I am too old to climb on top of the railing.
Written January 25, 2020
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srobby
Pennsylvania427 contributions
Jun 2022
We made a stop at Wailua Falls while on a circle island tour of the South and East Coast of Kauai. The Wailua Falls are awesome and are featured in the opening of the original Fantasy Island. The view is easy from high above on the road. There are signs prohibiting going down to the bottom of the falls but, like in so many things, it was not obeyed by tourists. The parking for the falls is free but limited. Nice to be on a tour bus and not worry about getting a place. Great view and nice to see but beware the crowds.
Written June 8, 2022
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Davinco
Milliken, CO55 contributions
Apr 2019
Amazing views of the falls here. Parking can get a little bit crazy at times. The last couple times we have been there is a guy making reed baskets and hats. We've picked up 2 baskets from him and they still look great years later.
Written January 7, 2020
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Christina T
Boulder, CO13 contributions
Jul 2019
The falls were really pretty, but we could only see them from a distance, on the side of the road, as they had blocked off the trails going down to the actual falls. The parking lot is super tiny so finding parking is a huge issue if you are going during tourist season (which is when we went). I would recommend coming here if this stop is on your way, but I don't think it's necessarily anything worth going out of your way for. It is possible, however, that the trails were blocked off for just the time we were there, so definitely be sure to check that out before going.
Written April 15, 2020
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Climber419813
7 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Best way to see these falls (and so much else!) is via helicopter (seriously, THE best bang for your buck of any activity on the island — Jack Harter’s doorless is the thrill of a lifetime!). First time at these falls we peered over the easy-access road lookout. Next we “hiked” (more like slipped and slid on the almost completely vertical decline) to the river from the lookout parking area, and we needed to cling to trees and vines, wading through waist-deep water to get to a point where we could view/photograph these falls. But there was too much spray and no easy vantage for a good shot. The most spectacular and symmetrical view of these picture-perfect falls is from a helicopter. Nuff said.
Written February 22, 2020
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abrp722
Honolulu, HI259 contributions
Jun 2020
If you are renting a car and planning to see Wailua Falls from the dead end of Rt 583, in my believe, it is just not worth your time. You will only see a small part of the whole picture. Vegetation around is pretty impressive. But the same vegetation you can find in many other places.
Written June 28, 2020
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