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Top Waterfalls on Kauai

Top Waterfalls on Kauai

Each of the Hawaiian Islands has its own distinct landscape and feel, and Kauai’s lush greenery and waterfalls have earned it the nickname of the “Garden Isle.” Geographically the oldest of the islands, Kauai receives significantly much more rainfall than its neighbors. Here is where to see its most beautiful waterfalls.

Wailua Falls

A double-tiered waterfall that is considered one of the prettiest in Hawaii, Wailua Falls drops 85 feet (26 meters) before flowing into the Wailua River. The mist of the falls often creates the rainbows for which Kauai is famous, and if Wailua Falls looks familiar, it may be because it was featured in the opening credits of Fantasy Island. The falls are visible from the road, and they’re only a short drive from Lihue. A private tour can include these falls, plus other top Kauai spots.

Opaekaa Falls

At more than 150 feet (46 meters) in height, Opaekaa is one of the most famous Kauai waterfalls. Located at the edge of the town of Kapaa, the falls can be seen from various lookouts. A trip to the lookout point may be combined with other Kauai sites on a day trip.

Hanakapiai Falls

This 300-foot (91-meter) waterfall is one of the island's tallest, and it requires an 8-mile (13-kilometer) round-trip hike to access it. Located on the Na Pali Coast, the falls can be accessed via the Kalalau Trail trailhead near Ke'e Beach. From there it's a strenuous (and often muddy) hike to Hanakapi'ai Beach where you'll then trek to the falls.

Secret Falls

Another unique characteristic of Kauai is the ability to kayak its rivers, which you'll need to do to access these somewhat hidden falls. Also known as Uluwehi Falls, it's a 2-mile (3-kilometer) kayak trip down the Wailua River and then a short 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) hike to reach the site.

Waipo'o Falls

As a part of the Waimea Canyon State Park, Waipo'o Falls has some of the most spectacular views on the “Garden Island.” The falls can be seen from the road or visited on a moderate 3.2-mile (5.1-kilometer) round-trip hike.

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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour
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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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Soar over the entire Garden Island for unforgettable views on this air tour of Kauai. From aboard an aircraft designed for sightseeing, soak up breathtaking views of natural attractions like Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls, the rugged Na Pa Coast, and Mt Waialeale — the wettest spot on earth. Your experienced pilot provides informative narration during this thrilling flight.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Private Kauai North Shore Tour
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Private Kauai North Shore Tour

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Discover Kauai’s highlights and hidden gems on a full-day private tour that offer a personal glimpse of the island’s local culture and history. Navigate the Garden Isle in a private minivan, and feel the mist from a pair of beautiful waterfalls. Look out to sea from the Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, and watch for whales and endangered geese at a wildlife refuge. Visit Kauai hidden beaches and ancient sites and learn about Kauai's history and local culture along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

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Kayak, hike and canoe through the heart of Kauai’s lush jungles on a 4.5-hour adventure to Hidden Valley Falls. Paddle past trailing vines and enjoy sweeping views of the Haupu Mountains as you explore the Hule’ia River by kayak, then follow a shady .75-mile (1.2-km) forest trail to a backcountry waterfall. Cool off in a swimming hole beneath the falls, listen to the jungle chorus of tropical birds, then board a motorized, twin-hulled Hawaiian canoe to retrace your path down the tranquil Hule’ia.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams and Hike

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Embark into the heart of the Kauai jungle on a kayaking and hiking adventure. You'll paddle along the Wailua River, then continue another mile on foot to a spectacular 100-foot-tall waterfall. A picnic lunch awaits you, as well as ample time to cool off in a local swimming hole and savor the surrounding valley's lush rainforest scenery, such as tropical plants and streams. Your guide will offer plenty of details about the Wailua Valley, including its unique botanical offerings and the ancient cultures who thrived here, throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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