Wailua Falls

4.5 stars from 13 reviews
Address Maalo Rd, Lihue, HI 96766
Beautiful, easy to see waterfall near Lihue.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

Full Description
Wailua Falls is the most easily accessible large waterfall on Kauai. Most waterfalls on the Garden Isle are viewed by hiking or helicopter, and unfortunately, many are on private property and inaccessible.

Wailua Falls has a lookout with a clear view and a small area beside the road for parking. If you arrive early, there usually aren't too many cars. The height of the waterfall is up to debate from different sources. The state of Hawaii says that it's 80 ft, while other sources claim it to be at 173 feet using a plumb bob.

In either case, it's a beautiful side trip to visit while in the Lihue area. If they look familiar it might be because you saw them in the opening title sequence for the television show Fantasy Island. That's right, it's those waterfalls.

Kristin R
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 22
Likes Received: 0
Our favorite waterfall on the island. We stop here on every trip to Kauai.
Dorothy A
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 35
Likes Received: 1
We love seeing waterfalls and this one is so easy to get to.
Monti C
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 22
Likes Received: 0
Very easy to see waterfall, worth the trip.
Antonio V
Joined: Oct 2017
Reviews: 19
Likes Received: 0
Gorgeous waterfall that's very easy to get to and see.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Beautiful falls and worth seeing.
Ward D
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 12
Likes Received: 0
Unbelievable view! Go early parking is limited with very narrow roads. Take your time.
Sue K
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 196
Likes Received: 9
A lovely waterfall, which is definitely worth checking out. The road to the falls is quite narrow and the car park limited, so it does get crowded. These falls are definitely superior to Opakeaa Falls not that far away. When we went it had been raining a lot and the flow was pretty impressive. We saw some birds that we thought were parrots flying near the cliffs.
Tracy M
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 6
This waterfall has got to be one of the most beautiful sights on Kauai. Every time I see it it seems even more beautiful than the time before. The twin falls have been seen in many movies and shows including the TV show Fantasy Island. There are even times when there are three falls when there has been alot of rain. The falls are located in an area that is very easy to access directly along Maalo Rd although the parking is limited and it is often difficult to find a place to park. However, the sight is not to be missed even if you have to wait for parking. It is simply breathtaking!!
Kandy H
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
Likes Received: 2
This waterfall is very easy to get to and to view. You have probably seen it on TV if you have ever seen Fantasy Island. Depending on how much it has rained the falls will look different. Also with the sun shining or going behind the clouds gives you different shots if the falls.
Annette W
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 3
Best part about these waterfalls is that they are easy to get to there just alongside of the road. However, I would like to get up and personal with a waterfall and you can't really get close enough to these to feel them. You are even too far away to take any good pictures so my suggestion is hike or take a different adventure for the day. But if you're just driving by you might as well stop for the leg stretch and view.
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