The island of Kauai is the home to the most amazing waterfalls in the Hawaiian Islands.
Most of the Kauai Visitors miss some of these locations due to poor planning. We highly recommend adding these waterfalls to your vacation itinerary.
#1.- WAILUA FALLS
The word Wailua means "two waters"
Wailua Falls is an impressive 80ft high waterfall and a must see for any Kauai visitor. This fall is one of the most accessible waterfalls on The Garden Isle. Most of the falls on the island are accessible via hikes, helicopter or private lands so there is really no excuse to miss this beauty. The best time to visit this location is during the early morning. You will find more parking places and the rain showers of the early morning create a perfect environment to capture rainbows. As an added bonus, the road to get here is absolutely gorgeous.
#2 Opaeka'a Falls
The word Opaeka'a means "rolling shrimp"
Like Wailua Falls, this stunning waterfall is easily accessible via car and requires minimal effort. The postcard scene that the falls provide is absolutely magical. The mountains that surround this valley create a beautiful setting for any type of photography. A quick tip: If you cross the street you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the Wailua River.
#3 Hanakapi'ai Falls
The word "Hanakaipiai" means "bay sprinkling food"
Hanakaipiai Falls is one of the most difficult waterfalls to access. To get to this fall you have to hike the Kalalau Trail which is one of the most intensive hikes on the island. These falls are situated at the end of the Kalalau Trail and the waterfalls are as high as 300ft. The scenery is definitely worth the hike and adventure. We definitely do not recommend small children to visit this location as the level of hiking difficulty is high.
To read more about hiking the Kalalau Trail we recommend downloading the 10 Day Travel Guide: North Shore
#4 Uluwehi Falls Aka Secret Falls
The word "Uluwehi" means "lush, flourishing plants"
These falls are only accessible via kayak and you have to be prepared to do some river crossings and get muddy. The hike is moderately easy and in order to get to this location, you have to rent a kayak. Once you get there you can swim beneath these 300ft tall waterfalls and enjoy the lusciousness of this place. The best time to see these falls is in the early morning. We recommend bringing water, water shoes, mosquito repellent, swimwear and your favorite underwater camera.
There are plenty of tour companies that offer adventures to Secret Falls, but the best company on the island is Kayak Kauai. Kayak Kauai is currently offering a discount exclusively to customers who get our travel guides. You can explore our travel guides here: 10 Day Kauai Travel Guides
#5 The Wall of Tears - Mt Wai'ale'ale
The word "Wai'ale'ale" means "rippling water" or "overflowing water"
Prepare to be mind blown. Mt Wai'ale'ale is the second-highest point on the island of Kauai. Kauai gets more than 400 inches of rain, placing our island as the wettest spot on earth. Because of our heavy rain seasons, these waterfalls are always flowing. These stunning falls were named the "Wall of Tears" because there are so many waterfalls rolling down the mountains that it looks as if the mountains were crying. These falls are accessible via hike or helicopter. The hike is difficult and strenuous and we recommend using a hiking guide.
In our efforts to continue to bring value to our customers we have partnered with Kauai Hiking Tours. They will be able to customize any hiking experience on the island. This company is currently offering a special discount to our customers.
You can explore our travel guides here: 10 Day Kauai Travel Guides
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