Kauai is home to an abundance of stunning waterfalls. While some you’ll need to lace up your hiking boots and put in a significant amount of effort to see, Opaeka’a Falls is easily accessible by car.

Opaeka’a Falls Kauai is Best for: Accessibility

Bring your zoom lens to capture tropical birds soaring in front of Opaeka’a Falls Kauai Hawaiiand in the valley below. This double waterfall is 40 feet wide and drops an astounding 151 feet to Opaeka’a Stream, eventually joining the Wailua River before emptying into the ocean. With the Makeleha Mountains forming the backdrop and a grassy area, picnic tables, and restrooms, pick up lunch on the way and plan to stay awhile. Across the road you will find more delightful views of the Wailua River.


Opaeka’a Falls is located in the east coast town of Wailua. From Highway 56, turn up Kuamoo Road (Hwy 580) and continue up the hill. There will be signs for the falls and a parking lot on the right. The viewing area is adjacent to the parking lot.

Wailua River

If admiring the river from afar isn’t quite enough, you may want to try a kayak excursion or river cruise. At 20 miles long, the Wailua River is Kauai’s longest river and the only river in Hawaii that is navigable by boats larger than kayaks. If you’re interested in a solo adventure, kayak rentals are available, or you can join a tour. Check out the variety of options at Kayak Kauai. If kayaking 45 minutes each way doesn’t sound like your idea of a relaxing vacation, there are also motorized cruises up the river. Check out Smith’s Kauai for their boat tour options. With both upriver excursions, there are hidden gems to discover – explore the fern-covered lava rock grotto (Fern Grotto) and Secret Falls.

East Shore Rentals

Staying in one of our east shore condos, such as Banyan Harbor, will put you in a great centralized location for exploring Opaeka’a Falls Kauai Hawaii, as well as Kauai’s north and south shores. Banyan Harbor is just one block from Kalapaki Beach, a beach well-suited for stand up paddle boarding and beginning surfing.

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With a variety of rentals around the island, we can put you in perfect proximity for exploring all of Kauai’s best waterfalls and beaches. Please contact us at 800-215-9880 or info@arrivednow.com with any questions or check out our website for more information about all that Kauai has to offer. E komo mai! Welcome to Kauai!

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