Wailua Falls is as picturesque as Hawaiian waterfalls can get. This eastside Kaua‘i gem is hidden behind the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve in Hanamā‘ulu. It is a great place to stop and soak in all the glory that the lush Garden Isle has to offer.
Wailua Falls is the double-tiered waterfall that was used in the opening of the TV show “Fantasy Island.” It’s easily accessible–just turn off Highway 56 north of Lihue (you’ll see a sign indicating where to turn), and head about three miles until you run into the vista point. We visited in the evening on the way to the airport, but I hear that it’s possible to hike from the parking lot to get a closer view and even swim in the water around the falls.
This scenic beauty is where the Wailua River cascades into double falls that, if you’re lucky enough, will also bestow upon you a fairytale-like rainbow.