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Wailua Falls, Kauai

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  • Name: Wailua Falls
  • Where: North of Lihue, at the south end of the Wailua River
  • What: Dramatic waterfalls that are easily accessible

Lihue

Wailua Falls, just north of Lihue, is a step off the beaten track. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 25 metres below. Some even say the distance is more accurately described as 60 metres.

Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognised in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island". Easily accessible, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind. To get there, head north from Lihue and follow Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. Travel uphill for about five kilometres. If you visit in the mornings, you may be treated to a rainbow, which makes an amazing photo of Wailua Falls.