Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls
4.5
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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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  • MariaBCalifornia
    Chino Hills, California591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty falls
    The falls are easy to drive up to and park, then walk a short distance from your car to view. We didn't go down to the bottom, but you can see them perfectly from the overlook on top. There is free parking available, though a small lot. Many wild roosters, hens, and chicks running around too.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • LnS2004
    Cypress, California6,228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Waterfall
    We drove along narrow winding road to reach the trail head, only to notice that the area was fenced off and a sign indicating trail to the base of the fall closed for being too dangerous. Found out later a tragic accident had occurred last year. Fortunately we could still admire the gushing majestic, beautiful waterfall and the surrounding lush foliage from a safe distance at the roadside lookout.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • LivinglifeinPA
    900 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Tiered Waterfall!
    This waterfall is easily seen from a pull-off on the main road (Ma'alo Road). The hiking path to it has been closed...apparently, it was a very dangerous trail. The waterfall is nicknamed the Fantasy Island Waterfalls because it was shown in the opening scene of that TV show. We were told that the best time to see the falls is in the morning......rainbows at the falls are often seen during that time of the day. Unfortunately, we didn't see any rainbows, but the falls themselves were amazingly beautiful!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Vedran O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best swim on my Hawaii trip - little adventure!
    It was the best experience on my Hawaii trip. View from the top was nothing compared to the one from the bottom. There is a trail you can take down to the bottom and swim. The trail is not safe at all but if you’re young go for it. It was worth it. Not to mention having that poll just for yourself and 2 other people who can take wonderful photos of you while you’re swimming. I took a day trip from Oahu just to come and swim here. Water temp was perfect - the best swim on my whole trip - and no crowds.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
  • 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, Oregon153 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
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NettieWrldTrvlr
Columbus, OH211 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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funmaru
Miami, FL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This site is a safe bet for those with mobility issues. You can see the waterfall right from the road above. These are the falls from Fantasy Island and I thought it was worth seeing from far away. It's free so why not. For those more adventurous, hiking down to the water is not allowed as it's too dangerous but there are tours where you can go in a kayak.
Written 25 March 2024
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LaurieB980
Portland, OR672 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately, the falls can only be viewed from the road as it is forbidden as well as dangerous to try to hike to the bottom and see the entire falls at just over 85 feet with a drop into water that is around 30 feet deep! This was apparently where some filming of Fantasy Island was done, and it is one of only a few double falls. Still, not that terribly remarkable, I'm afraid! I think it would have been more stupendous if there had been heavy rain recently with more water coming over and the sun just right in order to see the rainbow others have mentioned!
Written 23 March 2024
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ORMum
Lake Oswego, OR153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 10 March 2024
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bowphantom
Arlington, WA29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Beautiful view but construction can make it difficult to enter and exit. Just need to be patient. Parking was a bit of a challenge as too many cars so folks were parking in front of washroom
Written 3 February 2024
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Falls are nice, and worth a stop, only about 10 min from Lihue. The overlook has spaces for cars, and a nice ledge to see the falls, but the plant growth makes it hard to see everything.
Written 1 February 2024
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bps
New Haven, CT2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
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.
Written 26 January 2024
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Monique P
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Small parking lot but quick turn around of cars. falls were hard to see through the tall grass and no way to hike down to swim under the falls. could not even get a good picture.
Written 13 January 2024
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Pavan V
San Jose, CA7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Good accessible spot, parking is limited. You don't have to walk a lot it is accessible by car. Bit of very thick vegetation if you are a nature lover, however some urban folks may not appreciate it. If you find the fresh coconut salesman, try one fresh coconut, it is as close to nature that you can get it to taste coconuts than the packaged contents we get in stores.
Written 4 January 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Narrow road about 4 miles off the main highway but worth the stop. Sort of get a side view of the falls but they were the fantasy island falls.
Written 1 January 2024
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