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Wailuā

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.

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Kauai Shores Hotel CA $164
Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2019
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Kauai Shores Hotel

Kauai Shores Hotel

420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Limited parking. Park early before it is all taken.

    Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach CA $209
    Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2019
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    Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach

    Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach

    650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Chairs, umbrellas etc available and included with resort fee

      Aston Islander on the Beach CA $182
      Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2019
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      Aston Islander on the Beach

      Aston Islander on the Beach

      440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent location next to the Coconut Marketplace as well as mid-island. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms and beds are quite comfortable as well as spacious. I would highly recommend this property.

        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean. CA $169
        Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2019
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        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.

        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.

        4-796 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
           
          3.6 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          I was surprised that the hotel did not have air conditioning. It would not have been an issue had the weather not been 85 degrees with 90% humidity. There were ceiling fans.

          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy
          Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2019
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          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

          520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We loved the location of the property in Kapaa and and its proximity to the beach. It is located right behind the Coconut Marketplace with access to several restaurants and shops and a family favorite, JoJo's Shave Ice! We had fantastic views of the sunrise every day. The room was nicer than I expected ...

            Plantation Hale Suites CA $190
            Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2019
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            Plantation Hale Suites

            Plantation Hale Suites

            525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              It is a very nice.place Close to the the shops and close to the ocean. The manager is so helpful and polite.

              Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
              Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019
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              Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

              Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

              4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The best of every. I am never disappointed. Excellent amenities.

                Castle Kauai Kailani
                Reviewed on Oct. 14, 2019
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                Castle Kauai Kailani

                Castle Kauai Kailani

                4-856 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI
                   
                  3.7 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Our "oceanfront" room was directly in front of the pool. You could kind of see the ocean if you stood in the corner of the back door... lanai on the ground floor is not private.... very disappointing. The room itself was nice but not cleaned very well when we got there. Check in is confusing... you ...

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