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Wailua Falls, Kauai: 11 reviews and 16 photos

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If the falls in this photo looks familiar it may be because it was used in the opening shot for the Television series Fantasy Island. Of the many spectacular waterfalls on the island of Kauai, this is one of the easiest to access. You can just drive up and take a look. The falls makes a dizzying leap from a rock ledge into a deep pool. I have read in one source that the falls is 80-feet, and in another that it is 173-feet. To me it seemed to be closer to the higher figure. Parking at the overlook is limited to just a wide place at the terminus of a dead-end road. A sign warns against hiking down to the base of the falls, but we could look down and see a couple who had ignored the warning, playing at the water's edge. Our daughter and her husband went down to the base of the falls when they were here on their honeymoon. They said the trail was muddy, steep and difficult.

In ancient times Hawaiian warriors would jump off the top of the falls to prove their manhood. Some didn't survive the test. A few testosterone-driven young men have also made the jump in more recent times. Those who lived to tell the tale only proved that they were idiots.

Directions: Just north of Lihue on Hwy. 56, turn onto Ma'alo Road (583), which leads to the falls.

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2005
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