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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.

Accommodation in Wailua

There are 25 Wailua accommodation options bookable through Expedia's lodging guide. Have a browse and find the guest services and features that suit you best.

Check out the rooms, rates and amenities at the Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger or the Kauai Beach Villas, a couple of the more indulgent hotels that can be found on the island. Alternatively, if it's a bargain that you're after, the Kauai Palms Hotel and the Tip Top Motel Cafe & Bakery are two of the more popular budget options.


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Kauai Shores Hotel £108
Kauai Shores Hotel

Kauai Shores Hotel

420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,158 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Sleeping Giant Trailhead and Smith Family Garden Luau are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
    Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

    Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

    4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 650 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa condominium resort is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Kela's Glass Gallery and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani Beach and Town Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Aston Islander on the Beach £141
      Aston Islander on the Beach

      Aston Islander on the Beach

      440 Aleka Place, Kapaa
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 2,152 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Sleeping Giant Trailhead and Smith Family Garden Luau are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.
        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.

        The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.

        4-796 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa
           
          3.4
          of 5, from 684 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa resort is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Town Park and Kela's Glass Gallery are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy
          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

          Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

          520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 545 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Kapaa, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Sleeping Giant Trailhead and Smith Family Garden Luau are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Castle Kauai Kailani
            Castle Kauai Kailani

            Castle Kauai Kailani

            4-856 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
               
              3.7
              of 5, from 151 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa condo is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kela's Glass Gallery and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani Beach and Town Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Plantation Hale Suites
              Plantation Hale Suites

              Plantation Hale Suites

              525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 892 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Kapaa condo is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lae Nani Beach and Lydgate Beach Park. Smith Family Garden Luau and Sleeping Giant Trailhead are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger
                Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger

                Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger

                410 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 115 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa condo is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Smith Family Garden Luau and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani Beach and Sleeping Giant Trailhead are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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