Uluwehi Falls

4.5 stars from 1 reviews
Address 5443 Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746
Beautiful 100 foot waterfall connected to the Wailea River.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Cost: Paid
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Waterfalls
• Water Activities: Kayaking / Canoe

Matt Anderson's Take
Uluwehi Falls, which is better known as Secret Falls, is a 100 foot tall (roughly) waterfall that is connected to the Wailea River in the Kapaa area of Kaua'i.

Although not too far from Opaeka'a Falls, Secret Falls is a different waterfall entirely and a bit more involved to reach since there is no easy way to get here. Unlike some of the drive up waterfalls on Kaua'i, you'll need to kayak or boat your way here. The best option is going to be with a kayak and you'll find various tour companies that will guide you here. Kayaking isn't for everyone so make sure you're in good physical condition before attempting this. Again, a tour company is the way to go here.


The journey takes several miles and around 45 minutes via kayak and once off your kayak you'll then be in for a 20 minute hike through the tropical forest with the waterfall at the end. The trail itself is pretty easy with no major elevation changes but is often muddy and slippery. As with any hike, be sure to read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out. You'll probably also want some mosquito repellant on this one. Finally, check the weather before heading out and make sure you don't get caught in a Flash Flood.

Many enjoy taking a dip in the pool area by the waterfall so if you do this remember to never hang out under the waterfall itself as rocks can and will come dropping down at any time. You'll also want to avoid getting any fresh water in eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or cuts to avoid Leptospirosis.
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I think this is what Walt Disney had in mind when he created the Jungle Cruise. The trip to Uluwehi Falls is half the fun. This adventure is a ton of fun.

First, rent a kayak at Kamokila Hawaiian Village or Kayak Kauai and head on up the Wailea River. After about a couple miles, the surroundings become more lush and tropical. You'll eventually come to a finger in the river where you'll most likely see several kayaks pulled up on river bank. Put on some hiking shoes then follow the trail along the lush kauai rainforest. The hike is not strenuous. At the end of the hike you'll see an awesome 100 ft waterfall.

This excursion can be done in 3 hours or so. It has everything you'd want in a Kauai adventure. Kayaking on a beautiful river with tropical surroundings.
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