Wailua on the East Coast of Kauai is a place you should definitely visit. The green rolling hills, jungle landscape and stunning show stopper waterfalls on this part of the island are the things you should absolutely add to your itinerary.
Our last days in Kauai we spent on the East Coast of the island in Kapa’a – the only walkable town on the East side. The part of the town where we stayed sits along the Kulhio Highway, which makes it very unusual.
To me it seemed more like a film set, almost temporary, as if I came back the next day, it wouldn’t be there anymore. The tiny restaurants, serving organic spinach wrap sandwiches with cucumber water on the side were great.
We lived with crazy and super happy ‘T’ and Jennifer in their colourful, hippyish and very cosy house, which we booked through Airbnb (if you are new to Airbnb, click the link to claim your free credit on us.)
After a long day of exploring the East Coast, Charlie and I would relax with a beer on their comfortable lanai (deck in Hawaiian), look at the stars and listen to the strange tropical birds chirping in the dark.
Wailua oferring – 40 ft Opeakaa Fall
The 40 ft tall Opeakaa Fall is definitely worth a stop. The view point of this fall is on the Kuamoo Road. We jumped out of the car and had a little wonder.
A trail, apparently rather dangerous, down to the waterfall base used to be open for visitors, but it’s now closed due to the deadly accident of two women in 2006 who tried to take the hike.
Just across the road, you can see the beautiful setting of 20 mile long Wailua river. If you feel adventurous and have time on your hands, have a go at kayaking through the rain forest.
Opeakaa Falls view on Google Maps:
The 173 ft tall show stopper – Wailua Falls
The 173 ft tall Wailua Falls that feeds into Wailua River is definitely a show stopper and a must see waterfall. The legend has it that this is where in ancient times men used to dive off to prove their worthiness.
There used to be a path to the bottom of the falls, however, that’s also closed now to prevent accidents.
Wailua Falls on Google Maps:
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