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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.