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Wailua is just south of Waiokilo Falls on the northeastern coast of Kauai. With its location on the banks of the Wailua River, which is the only navigable river in Hawaii, Wailua is known for its river kayak adventures. It's great fun for the whole family, and very safe, because there is usually little or no current on the Wailua River. This river is one of the most scenic waterways in the world as it cuts through the mountains on its' way to the Pacific Ocean, passing tropical flowers, palms, ferns, wildlife and many historical sites along the way. The waterway offers six recreational sections, a place of refuge, and a heiau complex. Another lovely place to visit is the Fern Grotto that can be reached by an excursion boat from Wailua River. The Grotto is a short walk up the landing, and features a cave under a small waterfall surrounded by lush ferns. Other nearby points of interest includes Lydgate State Park, which is a lovely spot for a picnic, swimming and beachcombing. Other beautiful white sand beaches are just five minutes away from Wailua and offer swimming and snorkeling. In fact, the whole Wailua area is filled with wonderful hiking trails and water sports, and other activities, making it a perfect base for your Kauai vacation.

Surrounding areas: Waipouli, Hawaii (1.1 mi), Kapaa, Hawaii (2.1 mi), Lihue, Hawaii (6.0 mi), Anahola, Hawaii (6.3 mi), Kalihiwai, Hawaii (9.4 mi), Moloaa Bay, Hawaii (9.7 mi), Kilauea, Hawaii (11.4 mi)

Wailua Vacation Rentals

Wailua Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Courtyard By Marriott Kauai At Walpouli Beach4-484 Kuhio HwyKapaa, HI (808) 822-3455
Kauai Resort HotelKuhio HwyWailua, HI (808) 245-3931
Marc Pono Kai Resort4-1250 Kuhio HwyKapaa, HI1.7 mi.(808) 823-8427
Courtyard By Marriott Kauai At Waipouli Beach650 Aleka LoopKapaa, HI1.9 mi.(808) 822-3455
Hotel Coral ReefKuhio HwyKapaa, HI1.9 mi.(808) 822-4481
Kapaa ShoreKuhio HwyKapaa, HI1.9 mi.(808) 245-4552
Hilton Kauai Beach Resort4331 Kauai Beach DrLihue, HI3.1 mi.(888) 805-3843
Aloha Beach Resort Kauai3-5920 Kuhio HwyKapaa, HI3.3 mi.(808) 823-6000
Hale Tutu7230 Aina Pono StKapaa, HI3.5 mi.(808) 821-0697
Aston Kauai Beach Villas4330 Kauai BCH DrLihue, HI5.7 mi.(808) 245-7711
Poipu Plantation1792 Pee Rd # AKoloa, HI13.3 mi.(808) 742-6757
Poipu PlantationPee RdKoloa, HI13.3 mi.(808) 742-6757
Whalers CovePuuholo RdKoloa, HI13.3 mi.(808) 742-7571
Ka'eo Kai3970 Wyllie RdPrinceville, HI14.1 mi.(808) 826-6549
Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa1571 Poipu RdKoloa Kauai, HI14.2 mi.(800) 233-1234
The Makahuena1661 Pe'e RdKoloa, HI14.5 mi.(808) 742-2482
Kiahuna Plantation-clarion Resort2253 Poipu RdKoloa Kauai, HI14.6 mi.(808) 742-2200
Sheraton Kauai Resort2440 Hoonani StKoloa, HI14.6 mi.(808) 742-4001
Hanalei Bay Resort & Suites5380 Honoiki RdPrinceville Kauai, HI15.0 mi.(800) 367-5004
Waimea Plantation Cottges9400 Kaumaulii HwyWaimea, HI22.2 mi.(808) 338-1625

Wailua Weather & Climate

Kauai's climate is tropical, and it consists of many distinct microclimates, including sunny dry areas, lush river valleys, temperate foothills and high mountain rain forests. For half of the year, temperatures on Kauai range in the 70s, with winter nighttime lows in the 60s. Summers on Kauai bring daytime temperatures in the mid-80s and nighttime lows in the 70s. Even in the middle of Kauai's summer, the nearly constant gentle trade winds create a cool balmy climate instead of the oppressive heat common to other tropical destinations. The northern part of the island is the rainiest and the southwestern part is the driest, with variations in between. However, even in the rainiest regions, a typical forecast is "morning rains, followed by sunny skies the rest of the day."

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 77°F 65°F 5.34 in. 73°F
February 77°F 65°F 3.97 in. 74°F
March 78°F 67°F 4.04 in. 75°F
April 78°F 68°F 4.28 in. 75°F
May 80°F 70°F 3.65 in. 76°F
June 82°F 72°F 2.54 in. 77°F
July 83°F 74°F 2.92 in. 79°F
August 84°F 74°F 2.91 in. 80°F
September 85°F 74°F 2.84 in. 80°F
October 83°F 72°F 4.50 in. 79°F
November 81°F 70°F 6.71 in. 77°F
December 79°F 67°F 5.37 in. 75°F

Wailua Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lihue airport (LIH) located about 5 miles south of Wailua in Lihue Kauai, Hawaii.

Wailua Attractions

Water Parks
Hawaiian WaterworksEwa BeachHI99.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Puakea Golf CourseLihueHI6.0 mi.
State Parks
Wailua River State ParkHI1.4 mi. 
Lydgate State ParkHI1.5 mi. 
Ahukini Recreation Pier State ParkHI4.8 mi. 
Hä‘ena State ParkHI18.9 mi. 
Köke‘e State ParkHI20.3 mi. 
Waimea Canyon State ParkHI20.4 mi. 
Näpali Coast State ParkHI20.9 mi. 
Waimea Recreational Pier State ParkHI22.3 mi. 
Waimea Recreational Pier State ParkHI22.3 mi. 
Nu‘alolokai State ParkHI24.0 mi. 
Miloli‘i State ParkHI24.4 mi. 
Polihale State ParkHI26.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Honolulu ZooHonoluluHI108.5 mi.
Waikiki AquariumWaikikiHI110.1 mi.

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