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Posted on Dec 29, 2013 | 7 comments

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Being one of the wettest places on earth, Kauai is a remarkable place to take in many of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Kauai has more waterfalls than you can count, especially after an overnight rain storm, but unfortunately many of them are inaccessible by foot or vehicle. With so many of Kauai’s breathtaking waterfalls tucked away in hidden valleys, the best way to view Kauai waterfalls is by helicopter tour. 

Viewing Waterfalls by Air

Kauai is the one island we highly recommend taking a helicopter tour. We took a tour with Blue Hawaiian that met every expectation we had and gave us the opportunity to see many Kauai waterfalls we couldn’t have seen any other way.

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Manawaiopuna Falls a.k.a. Jurassic Park Falls

Manawaiopuna Falls

Thought of by many as Jurassic Park Falls, Manawaiopuna Falls is quickly recognizable with its enormous size and unusual shape. Located on private land, the only way to view this amazing Kauai waterfall is on a helicopter tour.

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Waialeale Weeping Wall

Waialeale Weeping Wall

Nothing can surpass the breathtaking experience of viewing Waialeale Weeping Wall. With steep walls down the sides of Mt Waialeale, more waterfalls than you can count tumble down the side of an over 5000 foot volcanic crater. The waterfalls of the Weeping Wall flow down the crater side in groves that have been worn into the rock over the years. The incredible scene and sheer natural beauty at the Weeping Wall is something that only one who has seen it can truly understand.

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Driving around Kauai to see some of the few waterfalls you can view by car.

Viewing Waterfalls by Car

If a helicopter tour isn’t for you, there are a few spectacular Kauai waterfalls, Wailua Falls and Opaeka Falls, which you can see by car. The overlooks at these waterfalls may tempt you to want to hike down for better views, but please don’t. The paths can be very hazardous, resulting in lives lost. Instead, enjoy their beauty from the viewing points that island of Kauai has provided for all.

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

You may recognize these gorgeous falls from the opening credits of Fantasy Island. Even though you cannot view them straight on, they are worth the drive up to see them. Usually viewed as two waterfalls coming down next to each other, during heavier rains, like the storm that happened the night before we saw them, the falls merge together creating one impressive waterfall.

Viewing Kauai Waterfalls

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa Falls

As seen in our favorite Elvis movie, Blue Hawaii, and located on the Wailua River, you can also view Opaekaa Falls by foot. Opaekaa Falls means rolling shrimp and was named for the abundance of native freshwater shrimp that were so plentiful they were seen rolling down the falls. The shrimp can no longer be seen, but the falls are still beautiful in their own right.

Which Kauai waterfalls have you seen?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

7 Comments

  1. Beautiful! Love waterfalls, Manawaiopuna Falls looks like lightning rays almost!

  2. Wow, those are some pretty impressive waterfalls! Particularly loved Manawaiopuna – stunning! Happy New Year and safe travels!

    • Thanks, Lunaguava. We got lucky with the extra rain the night before. It really had the waterfalls flowing!
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  3. Helicopter would have to be the way to go to see the weeping Falls with that drop. They look like tears streaming down someone’s face. Opaeka Falls are beautiful too, are their hidden caves under the falls. I would love to visit Kauai. thanks for sharing.
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