Waterfalls of Kauai


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Known as the Garden Island, Kauai (or Kaua'i) sports the wettest spot on earth at the top of Mt Wai'ale'ale and therefore it's not surprising to see it has countless waterfalls to complement its other scenic attractions such as the world famous Na Pali Coast as well as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific at the Waimea Canyon.

This island also features a more rural feel that its more developed counterparts such as Oahu and Maui lack. It's no wonder why nature lovers embrace this island more than the other main Hawaiian Islands.

But before you go there thinking you're going to have a waterfall bonanza, there are some aspects about this island that are particularly frustrating to waterfallers. Although Kaua'i has innumerable waterfalls, most of them are inaccessible, require difficult adventures, or are on private land. Moreover, the best views of some of their famous waterfalls (like Wailua Falls and Opaeka'a Falls) have overlooks that may tempt you to seek better views through paths that are hazardous and have killed people. So to truly see most of the island's waterfalls, you'll have to be willing to shell out some money for a helicopter tour or a river kayak tour.

And that's the ultimate catch-22 for waterfall fanatics - shelling out money to see more waterfalls or settling for a handful of them, which leaves you feeling like you've somehow missed out.

Even still, the island does have some very popular publicly accessible waterfalls. Some of them include small waterfalls that people can swim at such as Kipu Falls (though this can change since it passes through private land) and the "Queens Bath Waterfalls". In addition, you may find countless waterfalls coming down any of the wrinkly mountains throughout the island when it rains heavily.

There are a couple of waterfalls on this island that have managed to crack our Top 10 Hawaii Waterfalls List. Find out which ones made it by clicking on the link!

In addition, you can find out which waterfalls we were able to visit by clicking on the waterfall links below. Hopefully, this might help narrow down your search of waterfalls you may want to see yourself on a visit to the Garden Isle.




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WATERFALLS

Click on the waterfalls below to read more about them.

Wailua Falls

3 Wailua Falls

Puna District / Wailua River State Park
Secret Falls

2 Secret Falls

Wailua River State Park
Opaeka'a Falls

1.5 Opaeka'a Falls

Wailua River State Park
Waipo'o Falls viewed from the air

3 Waipo'o Falls

Waimea Canyon State Park
Wai'alae Falls

2 Wai'alae Falls

Waimea Canyon State Park
The popular Kipu Falls

1 Kipu Falls

Puna District
The first Ho'opi'i Falls

1 Ho'opi'i Falls

near Kapaa
Hanakapi'ai Falls

3.5 Hanakapi'ai Falls

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Hanakoa Falls

2.5 Hanakoa Falls

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Manawaiopuna Falls - aka the Jurassic Falls

3.5 Manawaiopuna Falls

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Unnamed falls near Kalihiwai Falls

1 Unnamed Twin Falls

near Princeville
Distant view of Kalihiwai Falls

1 Kalihiwai Falls

near Princeville
The lower Queen's Bath Waterfall

1 Queen's Bath Waterfalls

Princeville
The Weeping Wall at the Wai'ale'ale Crater

2.5 Other Kaua'i Helicopter Waterfalls

throughout Kauai


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