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Top Waterfalls in Kauai

By Viator, January 2018

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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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Kauai Waterfall Picnic Tour and Off-Road Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

For a fun filled day with your family and friends, our 4 hour Waterfall Tour is the adventure for you. This is a swimming tour, so be sure to pack your towels ...  Read more

Location: Lihue, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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The only way to see the entire garden island of Kauai is by plane on a Kauai air tour! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Kauai from a new Airvan aircraft, and ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.00
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

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Explore some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots which will demonstrate why this island is known as “The Garden Isle.” During your all-day tour, the lush ...  Read more

Location: Lihue, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
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Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing Flight

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Choose 1 passenger when booking to see your pricing options and see Kauai on a deluxe sightseeing flight! For approximately an hour, you’ll enjoy Kauai’s ...  Read more

Location: Lihue, Kauai
Duration: 65 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.00
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Kipu Zipline Safari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Want to do an activity that includes kayaking, Kauai zipline adventures, hiking, waterfalls, rope swings, a hayride across Kipu Ranch and a ride on an exotic ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $196.87
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Off-Road Tour of Kauai Waterfalls

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Enjoy a 4-hour off-road waterfalls adventure on Kauai! As you drive or ride in an open-air off-road vehicle, travel through Kauai's lush, tropical landscape, ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $314.58
Private Tour: Kauai Waterfalls, Hidden Beaches, Ancient Sites, Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, ... 
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Private Tour: Kauai Waterfalls, Hidden Beaches, Ancient Sites, Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay

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This full-day private tour of Kauai’s north shore starts with a visit to Wailua Falls, one of the Garden Isle's most famous natural sights. With an informative ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.20
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Paddle Kauai Jungle Streams

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Paddle down the Wailua River, a beautiful and historic jungle stream, deep into the heart of the island on a kayaking Kauai day trip. This Kauai hiking tour ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.54
Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure, Kauai, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Hidden Valley Falls Kayak and Kauai Hike Adventure

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For a fun kayaking Kauai activity, paddle tandem kayaks along the Hule'ia River and travel deep into the heart of the Kauai island jungle. Then, go Kauai ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.96
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Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River from Oahu

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Fly from Oahu to Kauai to explore the lush island's natural beauty, including Kauai’s famously scenic Waimea Canyon, nicknamed ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific.’ ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $486.65

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