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Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls is one of Kauai’s most popular attractions.

Wailua Falls is a 173-foot waterfall in Kauai, Hawaii that is a short drive down a country road from the town of Lihue. The falls can be seen from a roadside viewing point at the end of Maalo Road (583). The waterfall is featured in the opening credits of the television show Fantasy Island. The convenient location, combined with the waterfall’s grandeur, makes this one of the most popular waterfalls on the island.

Wailua Falls photos

There is a trail to the left of the viewing area that goes down to the top of the waterfall. There is also a hiking trail to the right of the viewing area that goes down to the bottom of the waterfall (plunge pool). It’s not the only hike in Kauai that leads to a waterfall by the way.

Wailua Falls

Both trails are behind fences and there are warning signs posted by the State of Hawaii to keep out, though a steady stream of visitors take the trails daily. There have been many serious injuries on the precipitous trail down, and there are hefty fines for those caught trespassing in these prohibited areas.

Wailua Falls warning sign

As a fun fact, if you ever watched Fantasy Island, the waterfall can be seen in an aerial view in the opening credits of the 1970s/1980s television show.

Wailua Falls Drone Photo

Aerial view shows the waterfall, viewing area and a section of the parking area.

Wailua Falls from a top view
Wailua Falls closeup
Wailua Falls trail
Wailua Falls road

The road to Wailua Falls is very scenic.

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