The 5 Must See Waterfalls in Kauai

The 5 Must See Waterfalls of Kauai

Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical landscape, Kauai is also home to countless waterfalls that complement other spectacular sites around the island including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A few of these gorgeous falls are easy to get to, and others take a bit of effort to experience. Here is our top 5!

Waipoo Falls

Waipoo Falls is a glorious 800-foot waterfall in Waimea Canyon. You can see the falls from various lookout points along Highway 550, the road that takes you up to the museum and park. You can also snap magnificent pictures of the canyon from the Waipoo Falls Trail hike, a 3.2-mile roundtrip hike, which is located just off the highway between mile markers 14 and 15. While you will not see the falls up close in their splendor, this easy and popular hike will take you through rain forests and canyon rims ending at the top of the waterfall in a Awaawapuhi Ginger lined stream. The trail is considered easy/moderate, and is kid friendly for children that enjoy a great adventure outdoors and is part of the Waimea Canyon State Park.

Waipoo Falls in Kauai
Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon

Hanakapiai Falls

By far the most difficult to get to, the Hanakapiai Falls hike is impressive. After driving to the end of the road on Highway 56, park in the lot fronting Kee Beach and head out on the 2-mile Hanakapiai Trail. This is a very popular trek on the island so we suggest going early in the morning. For the first 2 miles you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast as you traverse on switchbacks along the coastline.

Once you arrive at Hanakapiai Beach, it is an additional 2 miles upstream to the falls. The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300+ foot waterfall at the end of the tramp is definitely worth the adventure. This experience is not recommended for small children due to the terrain and difficulty of the hike.

Hanakapaiai Falls in Kauai
Hanakapaiai Falls

Wailua Falls

You can leave your hiking boots behind for this breathtaking display of Mother Nature. Wailua Falls, a double-tiered waterfall, is located just north of Lihue and is the most easily accessible on Kauai. Head north from Lihue on Highway 56 and take a left on Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. After traveling uphill for approximately 3 miles, the road ends at the parking lot of the falls.

You may recognize the prestige of these falls as they were used in the opening credits of the 80’s hit show, Fantasy Island. This adventure is definitely recommended for families with small children as there is no hiking involved. The views are just a short walk from the parking lot. Believe it or not you’re going to still run into a Rooster or two way up here! But where are you not going to find one, even going to see Kauai Waterfalls.

Wailua Falls Kauai
Wailua Falls

Kauai Secret Falls

Named Uluwehi Falls, but known to locals and visitors as Secret Falls, are an extremely popular adventure on the east side of the Garden Island. The trailhead to the falls is located up the Wailua River and requires water transport to get there. You can travel via kayak or canoe and there are several companies in the area that you can rent from, or you can always book a guided adventure.

Once you land your boat at the entrance to the trailhead, you hike up to the falls on a trail that can be extremely muddy and slippery. Hiking boots are not recommended. We suggest either going barefoot, using sport sandals or tabis. If you travel at a relaxed pace, it takes about 45 minutes each way. The is a great family friendly adventure for children that don’t mind paddling up the river and getting a little dirty on the trail.

Secret Falls Wailua Kauai
Secret Falls Wailua

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa means, “rolling shrimp” Supposedly the stream was full of shrimp and so they aptly named the dazzling waterfalls after them. Like Wailua Falls, this majestic site is easily accessible and requires no hiking. Simply turn up Kuamoo Road (580) from highway 56 and travel up the hill to the lookout that is located adjacent to the parking lot on the right hand side. There are many photo ops from this location, as well as from across the street where you are treated with views of the Wailua River Valley. Families with children all ages would enjoy Opaekaa Falls as the views can be seen from a brief walk from the parking area.

Opaekaa Falls in Kauai
Opaekaa Falls

So pack up the car, choose your destination and you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Garden Island.

Interested in a hiking tour to see these and other great hikes around Kauai?  Check out http://hikingtourskauai.com/ Looking for more activities? Check out our Blog / Articles on Things to Do.

Don’t forget that our Poipu Vacation Rental is located on the most southern part of the Island but is relatively centrally located when you are going to do a tour of the Kauai Water Falls.

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Kauai Interesting Facts

Interesting facts of Kauai

  • Kauai is the fourth-largest Hawaiian island.Kauai Island Map and Interesting Facts
  • It is the least populated of the state’s four counties with roughly 62,000 residents. The island itself is not heavily populated. according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). The island receives nearly 1,000,000 tourists each year! On average, over 80,000 visitors come to Kauai.
  • The island is 33 miles long and 25 miles wide.
  • There are three major resort areas. 1. Poipu (south shore) is the driest and sunniest area 2. Kapaa on the east side has central access to both sides of the island and 3. Hanalei / Princeville (north shore) is wetter but very beautiful.
  • Other Interesting Facts Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s nicknamed “the Garden Isle” thanks to the tropical rain-forest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films. While 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are favored hiking destinations.
  • The island’s main airport is in Lihue and the airport code is LIH.
  • Kauai is a favorite destination for Hollywood filmmakers. Everything from South Pacific and Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Descendants. Even the animated cartoon South Park had an episode based here!
  • Kauai was the only island never conquered by King Kamehameha the Great. Instead, a treaty was negotiated allowing Kauai’s ruler to remain in power until his death in 1810.
  • Kauai had its own dialect in ancient times; they pronounced K like T … so the original pronunciation was Tauai. No one knows what it means.
  • Wild chickens are found all over this island; rumor states they were involuntarily released from a chicken farm destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It has more to do though with the lack of natural predators. This island doesn’t have mongoose. For the same reason Nene, the state bird, continues to thrive here.

Whale Watching in Kauai

Whale Watching in Kauai

Whale Watching Season KauaiFrom December to May, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic Kohola, or humpback whale, off Kauai’s shorelines. These gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves.

Schedule a tour or charter a boat to spot these magnificent creatures. Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine animals.

You can also spot whales from Kauai’s many beautiful beaches, including Poipu Beach on the South Shore, and from scenic spots like Kilauea Lighthouse and the Napali Coast’s Kalalau Trail on the North Shore. On the East Side, the Kapaa Overlook between Kapaa Town and Kealia Beach is another notable viewing spot. Whales are attracted to Hawaii’s warm, shallow waters, so keep your eyes open on the sands of Kauai.

While staying at our vacation rental on the South side near Poipu Beach it will give you easy access to the beaches and a perfect opportunity for whale watching along with spotting a green giant turtle or frolicking monk seals.  Your more likely to see the monk seals sleeping on the warm sand along Poipu Beach Park. See information on the Vacation rental in Poipu Kauai.Whale Breaching the Pacific Ocean

We’re not the only ones who journey thousands of miles to enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters during wintertime.  The humpback whale, or kohola in Hawaiian, swim the thousands of miles each year from the cold waters of the North Pacific to breed, calve and nurse their young in the warm shallow waters of Hawaii. And while they are here, they really know how to put on a show!

Whale watching season in Hawaii typically begins in late November

however peak season is January through March. Some whales enjoy their vacation so much that they will extend their stay through May before making their way home.

Read more at https://poipubeach.org

Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, the humpback whale population has grown in the last 20 years from 6,000 whales in the North Pacific Ocean, with 4,000 coming to Hawaii, to more than 21,000 whales existing today with approximately 10,000 traveling to Hawaii each year.

There is something inspiring about watching a humpback whale, which as an adult can weigh up to 45 tons, play off-shore. Even more exciting is seeing a baby whale take breaching lessons from their mother and learn to splash and play, similar to a baby in a bathtub.

Like all of our visitors, we look forward each year to the arrival of our guests, the humpback whales, who seem to know how to enjoy paradise just as much as we do. Setup your next get-away during Whale watching season at our Poipu Vacation Rental. You can do additional browsing and learn about Kauai Beaches, Snorkeling in Kauai, or Scuba Diving in Kauai.