Wailua

Travel Guide
Ke Ala Hele Makalae East Shore Beach Path showing general coastal views, rugged coastline and a pebble beach
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-metre) 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 travelling 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.

Where to stay in Wailua

Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI, 96746
The price is ₹26,106 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
₹26,106
per night
7 Feb - 8 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,045 reviews)
Nice Stay
"This is a very nice hotel in an excellent area. The room was clean and attractive. The staff was very personable."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2023

Kauai Shores Hotel
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
4 out of 5
650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI, 96746
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The price is ₹30,198 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
₹30,198
per night
4 Mar - 5 Mar
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (304 reviews)
"We loved the ocean view from our room and spending time on the beach."

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2023

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI, 96746
The price is ₹29,504 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
₹29,504
per night
27 Feb - 28 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Kapaa. Enjoy a beach locale, daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,011 reviews)
"Hidden fees when I arrived. Did not like that. Jacuzzi was always crowded. Got to use it one time, when it was raining. Otherwise everything else was very nice."

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2023

Aston Islander on the Beach
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, 96746
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,411 reviews)
"Great budget hotel in a nice little area of town. Right across the street from a shopping center and the beach is within walking distance. 3 pools and 2 hot tubs, which means it's rarely crowded while swimming or soaking. Our room came with a fridge, microwave, stove and coffee maker. Definitely ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2023

Plantation Hale Suites
Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger
3 out of 5
410 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI, 96746
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Kapaa. Enjoy free parking, a beach locale and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (141 reviews)
"Great property and location. The grounds are immaculate and the condos are well equipped; easy parking, super quiet and beautiful beach."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2022

Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Fern Grotto Inn
Fern Grotto Inn
3.5 out of 5
4561 Kuamoo Road, Kapaa, HI, 96746-1419
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and free bicycles on site. Popular attractions Holoholoku Heiau and Wailua Beach Park are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"Very clean. Easy to check-in. Use of kayak and bike was very inviting. It was central for our exploring the island. Will definitely recommend and return!"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2022

Fern Grotto Inn
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