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Wailua

Travel Guide
Ke Ala Hele Makalae East Shore Beach Path featuring general coastal views, a pebble beach and rocky coastline

With towering waterfalls, perfect beaches and the state’s only navigable river, this eastern Kauaʻi town is a top destination for adventurers and dreamers alike.

Located on the east coast of Kauaʻi, Wailuā is famous for its close proximity to some of the island’s most popular outdoor attractions. The town is divided into two sections, separated by Nounou Mountain, nicknamed the "Sleeping Giant" because of its distinctive shape. Take the Nounou Trail up to the peak to enjoy panoramic views of Wailuā and the surrounding landscape, before exploring the area’s many other outdoor attractions.

Much of the area’s outdoor fun revolves around the Wailuā River, the only navigable river in Hawaiʻi. Rent a kayak and paddle along a shoreline dotted with ruins and archaeological sites that provide a glimpse into Hawaii’s ancient past. Take a boat tour to explore Fern Grotto. With ferns hanging overhead and waterfall mist hanging in the air, it’s easy to see why this lava cave is a popular filming location.

Nearby are Wailuā Falls, a towering 80-foot (25-meter) high triple waterfall that creates a dramatic effect in its heavily forested setting. Adventurous visitors can walk down a short trail to the base of the falls. If you’re traveling by car, admire the view from an overlook along the road. Pack a picnic lunch and head to Opaekaʻa Falls, another natural wonder that sits along the Wailuā River.

After exploring the lush rain forest landscapes of the inland, head to the coast to enjoy the attractions of the Pacific. Lydgate Beach Park features clean shores and prime oceanfront access. The calm waters make it a popular snorkeling spot for beginners. Head a little bit further out to surf the area’s waves. Rock walls were built into the beach, creating small swimming pools that are ideal for children.

After enjoying the sun for the afternoon, ride along the bike path to coastal Wailuā, where you can enjoy a fresh-caught seafood dinner. Bars often feature live music and offer a relaxed nightlife setting.

Wailuā is about a 10-minute drive north of Lihue Airport. Public transportation is limited, so renting a car or motorbike will ensure you get the most from your visit.

Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Location was perfect. Having people sleep above us was noisy."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Kauai Shores Hotel
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$362 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"The room was filled with everything I needed, I appreciated the extra towels, and toiletries. The kitchenette area had everything needed from dishes, dish soap, sponge, dish towel, there was even a toaster! The property was beautiful and relaxing just steps from the ocean. The lounge chairs on the ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Aston Islander on the Beach
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
4 out of 5
4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waipouli Beach and Fuji Beach. Lae Nani Beach and Town Park are also within 1 mile ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (826 reviews)
"Car rentals is a mess right now and Uber/Lyft is unreliable. Good thing there's a shopping center from Waipouli Resort. Was able to stock breakfast food and water. Even getting a taxi was hard. But concierge was able to get one for me. Beautiful views and kids love the pool. Will definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$309 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
This family-friendly Kapaa aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Lydgate Beach Park and Kauai ...
4/5Very Good! (1,257 reviews)
"The receptionist was very cautious and explained all procedures properly as needed. The suite was an apartment style. It was very comfortable to hold 5 people. It had two beds and. A sofa bed. It included a bedroom living room and small kitchen. All is a little old and needs maintenance. It doesn’t ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Plantation Hale Suites
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
4 out of 5
4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waipouli Beach and Fuji Beach. Lae Nani Beach and Town Park are also within 1 mile ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (826 reviews)
"Car rentals is a mess right now and Uber/Lyft is unreliable. Good thing there's a shopping center from Waipouli Resort. Was able to stock breakfast food and water. Even getting a taxi was hard. But concierge was able to get one for me. Beautiful views and kids love the pool. Will definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Beautiful Oceanfront/beachfront Studio w/ Private Lanai
Beautiful Oceanfront/beachfront Studio w/ Private Lanai
440 Aleka Pl, Kapaa, HI
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Terrific Location and Balcony
"We had a wonderful time at this spot. Perfect balcony to watch the ocean during morning coffee and in the evenings. Great location too for getting around the island."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Beautiful Oceanfront/beachfront Studio w/ Private Lanai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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