Wailua Falls Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Wailua Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lihue, Hawaii that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

0.3 miles
45 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running







wild flowers



over grown



washed out


no dogs

Wailua Falls, just north of Lihue, is a step off the beaten path. Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 80-feet below. Like other spectacular spots on Kauai used as film locations, Wailua Falls is most recognized in the opening credits of the long-running television show "Fantasy Island." Easily accessible, by car, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind, but if you cant resist the amazing Bucket-List waterfall experience be prepared to hike down the cliff trail located to the far right of the look-out spot. Start by walking back on the road for about 50 yards, then jump the guard rail and look for the trail head, the trail is very steep and demanding, with large roots, rocks, and mud nearly all the time due to the swimmers trekking back up the trail. Parts of the trail are so steep the locals have attached a rope to hold on to and descending with for the second half of your trek down to the lagoon.

5 days ago

The trail was so steep and muddy going down it would have been easier to repel down it......but the pay off was well worth it!

7 days ago

It was awesome. Very steep and muddy, but there are ropes and roots to hold onto. Worth the view and the swim at the bottom

12 days ago

I was hesitant to do this trail as it was technically off limits according to all the signs at the lookout point. The trail is very steep at some points, but there are ropes and vines to help you down and up along the way. The end point of this trail is absolutely amazing. Seeing Wailua Falls and swimming in that waterfall was absolutely breathtaking. Well worth the short hike down!!

25 days ago

We had a blast doing this today, the kids ( 9, 10 and 15 ) loved it. It’s challenging but not to the point where kids and parents have to be scared or have to worry about the safety of their children. Lots of ropes and roots to hang on to. Just go slow! It’s not a race.
You will get muddy and proper footwear is highly recommended.

29 days ago

Took kids down 3 yr (1), 5 yr (1), 6 yr (1), 8 yr (2), 12 (1), 14 (1), 16 yo and 2 adults. Everyone 8 and above did fine. One 5 yo had troubles and our 6 yo did ok. 3 yo it was rough and team effort. I’d say 8 and older your $. 6 to 8 is case by case. Bring a lunch and spend a couple hours swimming and having fun. Older kids loved it. For me down was about 12 Min and up about 7 min until rain which made it bad bad especially with kids.

1 month ago

loved it ! very steep edge but lots of rope and tree roots to help you get down - make sure you go behind the falls so beautiful

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Highly recommend going down behind the waterfalls.

1 month ago

Steep, but completely worth doing. Wear shoes with good grip or chacos

1 month ago

Very steep and muddy. Bring mosquito repellent. So thankful to the kind soul(s) who put the climbing ropes in place. The tree trunks, roots and hanging vines made the rest possible. You should be in decent shape to attempt this. Going down is harder than coming back up.
Once you’re down there, it’s definitely worth the trouble!

1 month ago

Spectacular under the falls!! Slippery and steep but well worth it.

2 months ago

Reviews are accurate, it's steep and technical but worth it! I did it with my adventurous 18, 16 & 13 yr olds. We all hiked & swam wearing chacos which was perfect. Left my rule abiding husband & 9 yr old back at the hotel. If you do it you have to jump in, it was cold in December but spectacular! A highlight of our time on Kauai for sure.

3 months ago

After seeing the falls from above the day before, We decided we had to climb down. As stated, it's short, steep, and slippery, but it is worth the climb. It definitely helps having the right shoes. If you're even slightly considering it, just do it. You won't be disappointed. Don't skip out on going behind the falls. Simply spectacular.

Hop the wall, follow the fence to the right, and look for a rope to start your descent.

4 months ago

Reviews are accurate. Fencing blocks trail head. Shorter way through is at the far end of green fencing and hang a sharp left. Look for rope on your right for beginning of trail. Worth it.

4 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!

4 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking

5 months ago

Outstanding hike! Refreshing swim! Swim across and cli.bed behind the waterfall, slippery but awesome!

5 months ago

Breathtaking. Plus I grew up watching fantasy Island!

5 months ago

Short, steep trail down to the lagoon. It can be comfortably done in 20 minutes if you wear hiking boots. We also brought a day pack with water shoes and a towel, which we were very happy to have. If you are going to do it, make sure you swim in the lagoon, and walk behind the waterfall. An awesome experience!

6 months ago

Would recommend issa dope waterfall

6 months ago

Trail CLOSED, fenced off, possible $1000 fine!!!

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