If your heart screams for adventure, trekking to Secret Falls could be just the trip you’re looking for. Getting to Secret Falls – also called Sacred Falls – requires a paddle and good hiking shoes, plus about two hours of time allotted each way.
Begin your adventure by dropping a kayak in at Wailua River State Park and paddling up stream until you reach a fork. Taking the fork to the right (north) will spit you out – after about an hour of paddling – to the end of the water where a trail head begins beyond Wailua River.
A rope-assisted journey across the thigh-high deep stream will greet you early on in your trek on foot. Keep following the trail head about 45-60 minutes until it ends at the base of Secret Falls, the plunge pool.
Said to be the bathing site of the Ali’i (king) of the Island, Secret Falls drops about 120feet and is truly a breathtaking sight to be seen. It’ll make the perfect backdrop for a selfie, picnic, scrapbook – or just plain fun!
Don’t be alarmed if you hike unassisted to see a plethora of people already there when you arrive. Secret Falls is no secret to travelers on the island of Kauai. It attracts a multitude of hikers and tourists daily.
TIP: When visiting Secret Falls in the winter, the afternoons tend to be dryer. In the summer months, a morning tour might be the best choice as the sun is slightly cooler and the crowds are lighter.
The pool at the base of Secret Falls offers a tranquil setting and soothing environment. The sound of the water running off of the cliff and splashing down into the pool can calm and relax your mind, creating the best therapy for one’s soul.
And don’t let a little Hawaiian rainfall alter your plans to see this spot that many call one of their favorites. When it rains, you can seek shelter in the mangroves or under a bridge in your kayak. Being so close to birds and plants gives you a wonderful new perspective. The moderate hike through the woods really connects you to the island. It’s a trip that will give you memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
Stop by and see our Koloa Landing concierge for a Kauai waterfalls map and directions, plus rental equipment information. Call us today at 808-240-6600.