Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls
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This two-tiered 80-foot-tall waterfall located near Lihue is famous for being featured in the 1970s TV series, Fantasy Island. These spectacular falls are easily accessible—no hiking required—and can be seen from the nearby carpark. Visit after rainfall when the falls are exceptionally impressive, or in the morning for a chance to catch a rainbow when the light is just right. Be careful though—it's not recommended to hike to the base of the falls as it's steep and slippery. You can see the falls on a day trip or from up above on an air tour of Kauai. – Tripadvisor
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  • bps
    New Haven, Connecticut2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely to look at, easily accessible.
    The falls were beautiful, easy to drive to and look at. We were there in the rainy season and they were full and flowing but not as tall as we expected. We were the only ones by the edge of the road looking at them. We turned the car around and drove back to the main highway, not far away.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 January 2024
  • ORMum
    Lake Oswego, Oregon148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful falls but not much else
    Beautiful falls very close to the Lihue airport. We went to the falls right after we arrived at Lihue airport and picked up our car. It is an easy 15-30mins drive by car and there is a small parking area where you can park and go to the viewing area to see the waterfalls from the top. There is not much else to do after you've seen the falls, so we drove back and stopped at a fruit stand on the way back. We spent about 30mins max at the falls.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • jbbyers67
    Kingsport, Tennessee310 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Falls beautiful but local selling bracelets is a bit aggressive. Free visit and great picture spot!
    The falls were pretty. Because of all the rain, the falls were powerful. You can only view them. You cannot hike into them. The visit is free and there is limited parking but since views don’t take long, parking should open quickly. I would like to give a heads up. We were the third car in the lot. The weather was not great. We parked parallel with the vehicle next to us. The Hope bracelet asked us to straighten. My husband moved the vehicle to straighten and make it shorter walk since I was on crutches. As I was seeing the falls, I heard the man screaming at my husband that he parked crooked. His language was not PG and he kept yelling nasty things and calling us names because we parked crooked (no lines and we thought we were straight)! He even told me I didn’t belong there since I couldn’t walk. Another group waited in their car until we were safely in ours before they left. They were worried for our safety. We were the last of three cars to leave and no one else showed. The falls are worth a stop but be mindful if this gentleman is there and do not engage in conversation!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 May 2024
  • Bozeday
    Chicago, Illinois215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick site to see
    beautiful falls. Some really cool birds flying below too. The afternoon we went there was plenty of parking in the lot and people parked along side the road. There were 2 local sellers at the top with palm hats and leis. You can only look at the falls here, so it’s a quick stop. There used to be a hike to the bottom but now there are fences everywhere. It’s unfortunate because I bet it’s beautiful from the bottom. But this is a cool quick stop overall.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2024
  • Danielle S
    Oceanside, California14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This was worth the drive to see. It was very tight and limited parking however we got there early in the morning so we got lucky and someone left right as we were coming in. You can’t hike down it’s too dangerous so you have to admire it from afar but we brought binoculars to see it up close too! We saw a mama chicken with its babies and my kids were so excited to see that. There was a local man there making and selling jewelry but he wasn’t very friendly didn’t say hello, or anything we likely would have purchased if he was friendly. However, the waterfall is stunning!!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2024
  • Viajera172705
    296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfall! Worth the stop!
    Seeing Wailua Falls was the very last stop on this island, and I’m so glad we made time for it. It’s very easy to find and the waterfall is beautiful! Parking is a little difficult if it’s busy when you come because the road is narrow and the parking lot is very small. If a car is trying to pull into the parking lot and another car is trying to leave, one of the cars will have to back up to let the other car through. During our visit, there were some vendors selling fresh mango, pineapple, and banana bread. There was also a man making hats out of palms. My husband wanted one, so we waited for the man to finish weaving it. When he was finished, we went to pay and the man wanted to trade the newly made palm hat plus $10 for my husband’s Yellowstone National Park hat. He made the trade and both my husband and the man were so happy with their new hats!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2024
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Viajera172705
Midwest296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Seeing Wailua Falls was the very last stop on this island, and I’m so glad we made time for it. It’s very easy to find and the waterfall is beautiful! Parking is a little difficult if it’s busy when you come because the road is narrow and the parking lot is very small. If a car is trying to pull into the parking lot and another car is trying to leave, one of the cars will have to back up to let the other car through. During our visit, there were some vendors selling fresh mango, pineapple, and banana bread. There was also a man making hats out of palms. My husband wanted one, so we waited for the man to finish weaving it. When he was finished, we went to pay and the man wanted to trade the newly made palm hat plus $10 for my husband’s Yellowstone National Park hat. He made the trade and both my husband and the man were so happy with their new hats!
Written 7 July 2024
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Danielle S
Oceanside, CA14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was worth the drive to see. It was very tight and limited parking however we got there early in the morning so we got lucky and someone left right as we were coming in. You can’t hike down it’s too dangerous so you have to admire it from afar but we brought binoculars to see it up close too! We saw a mama chicken with its babies and my kids were so excited to see that. There was a local man there making and selling jewelry but he wasn’t very friendly didn’t say hello, or anything we likely would have purchased if he was friendly. However, the waterfall is stunning!!
Written 27 June 2024
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Bozeday
Chicago, IL215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
beautiful falls. Some really cool birds flying below too. The afternoon we went there was plenty of parking in the lot and people parked along side the road. There were 2 local sellers at the top with palm hats and leis.

You can only look at the falls here, so it’s a quick stop. There used to be a hike to the bottom but now there are fences everywhere. It’s unfortunate because I bet it’s beautiful from the bottom. But this is a cool quick stop overall.
Written 25 June 2024
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Emmeline E
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Beautiful view. Limited parking but worth the drive. Nothing much to do but taken a few photos. One local vendor when we visited. Rumored to be a few more but depends on the day.
Written 12 June 2024
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kocherco
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Really nice falls. Parking lot area with no walking. However if you have the ability to hike, you can get much closer to other falls and even swim
Written 7 June 2024
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BrianMaryAdventures
Fairbanks, AK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I was so looking forward to seeing this, and got concerned because I read they’re were only four parking spots available. That is true, and we lucked out getting one. Beautiful falls
Written 29 May 2024
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hotgravy
Los Angeles, CA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful waterfall! Worth the quick drive for the amazing views! Parking is limited but people don't stay long. The hike down to the water was closed but the view from the top is incredible!
Written 25 May 2024
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Lee G
Philadelphia, PA267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The lack of parking is the only problem with this visit where there's barely any space to turn around at the end of the road. The split Falls are beautiful, especially after rain.
Written 22 May 2024
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jbbyers67
Kingsport, TN310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The falls were pretty. Because of all the rain, the falls were powerful. You can only view them. You cannot hike into them.

The visit is free and there is limited parking but since views don’t take long, parking should open quickly.

I would like to give a heads up. We were the third car in the lot. The weather was not great. We parked parallel with the vehicle next to us. The Hope bracelet asked us to straighten. My husband moved the vehicle to straighten and make it shorter walk since I was on crutches. As I was seeing the falls, I heard the man screaming at my husband that he parked crooked. His language was not PG and he kept yelling nasty things and calling us names because we parked crooked (no lines and we thought we were straight)! He even told me I didn’t belong there since I couldn’t walk.

Another group waited in their car until we were safely in ours before they left. They were worried for our safety. We were the last of three cars to leave and no one else showed.

The falls are worth a stop but be mindful if this gentleman is there and do not engage in conversation!
Written 17 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NettieWrldTrvlr
Columbus, OH210 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Went at around 10 am on rainy day. Not worth the drive! Turned around after seeing the underwhelming and unattractive falls.
Written 7 April 2024
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