Wailua Falls

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Wailua Falls is a powerful, dramatic 80-foot waterfall. The twin falls plunges into a pool surrounded by lush vegetation. It was filmed in the opening sequence of the Fantasy Island television series.

The falls is viewed from the side of the road. A difficult and dangerous hike descends on an unmaintained, slippery trail. After the descent, the wet path follows the South Fork of the Wailua River upstream to the pool at the base of the falls."

Wailua Falls Reviews

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12/7/2018
The hike to the falls was part of a kayak/hike excursion. The kayaking made it a more complete experience for me. The hike itself is not difficult. It is muddy in places. There was an easy river crossing. Our guide was very informative on all facets of life on Kauai. Of course the trail can be crowded. The falls themselves will be crowded as well. It is worth the trek.
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2/1/2009
This is the toughest trail on the island. I have hiked almost all but this one stresses you at many different levels. Not reccommended for everyone. Once you make it to the falls it all seems worth it.
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5/16/2003
The trails from the top of the waterfall, reached by road, are all closed with dangerous signs. A native guided us to a trail about 3/10 of a mile from the waterfall (also closed). The trip down was do-able, slippery in places with a rope in one place to help you up and down. Once we were at the bottom, we turned around before we reached the falls because we were walking on wet rocks with nothing to hold on to right next to the river. It was pretty dangerous. We're looking for the other way in to the falls that doesn't start at the top of the waterfall.
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Trail Information

Lihue
Nearby City
1.5
Distance
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Kapaa
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Dec 2018