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Best Waterfalls on Kauai

a waterfall surrounded by green grass and trees

Wailua Falls – You’ve probably already seen a photo of Wailua Falls without knowing it. It’s one of the most photographed falls on the island. This glorious waterfall is located right above Lihue off Highway 56. It’s a short scenic drive to the lookout point at the end of the road. This waterfall doesn’t disappoint! Don’t forget to stop by Sunrise Coffee and Doughnuts for a pick me up on your way there. They are located right by the turn off to the falls.


Hanakapi’ai Falls – If you’re into hiking and majestic views, this fall is for you. It’s an 8 mile roundtrip hike from Ke’e Beach. This trail has stunning views of the coastline and is only accessible by foot. About 2 miles in, you’ll find Hanakapi’ai beach where you can stop to cool off. There’s also fresh springs throughout the trail to fill up your water bottle.  This is part of Haena State Park, so permits are required. For more information, visit


Opaeka’a Falls – This beauty is located across the street from Poliahu Heiau in Wailua, which has religious social significance to Hawaiians. There is ample parking and two beautiful lookout points to the falls and Wailua River. If you’re staying Kapa’a, it’s a quick trip right up the hill! There is also Kayaking available up the Wailua River, which you can see from one of the lookout points. The guides will take you on a beautiful tour of the river, ending with a short hike to Secret Falls.


Waipo’o Falls – Head up to Waimea canyon for this stunning 800 foot waterfall. This family friendly hike will take you to the top of the falls where you will see Ohi’a Lehua, Koa Trees, wild goats, and gorgeous views of the canyon. There are several lookout points on the way up the Canyon so make sure to stop at all of them for photo opportunities and breathtaking views. The Canyon can be chilly so don’t forget to bring a jacket.