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Mount Waialeale – Kauai

Known as one of the wettest spots on earth, Mount Waialeale, an ancient volcanic crater located on the island of Kauai is also a very sacred site in Hawaiian culture. Add that to the fact that it is one of the most beautiful sites you will ever see and you have the makings of an amazing destination to see when you find yourself on the island of Kauai.

Rippling Water

Mount Waialeale means, “rippling water,” or “overflowing water” when translated from the Hawaiian language. This huge and popular mountain crater is located at the center of the island of Kauai and stands 5,148 feet tall. The Mount area is actually the remnants of a shield volcano and is quit a site to behold.

Helicopters and Hiking

The mountain may look like it is ideal for hiking in some spots, but the truth of the matter is that only a select few have hiked the area, as it is treacherous and steep. The ideal way to get all the best views and see Mount Waialeale as it is meant to be seen is to take a helicopter tour / ride. There are several helicopter tours to choose from, the one you decide on will be a part of your personal taste. However, they all give you a chance to see the mountain with a bird’s eye view, which is the way it should be. You will be able to see all the beauty and majesty that Mount Waialeale has to offer, and if weather is right, you will also be able to view some of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls you have ever seen.

Wettest Spot on Earth

Mount Waialeale is also known as being one of the wettest spots on earth, if not the wettest spot on earth. It is estimated that rain falls in the area an incredible 360 days out of the year. That means rain falls at an incredible rate of over 98 percent of the time, which makes for some amazing views and spectacular happenings, all put together by Mother Nature.

Mount Waialeale is definitely a must see if you find yourself traveling through the island of Kauai. There are so many wonderful things to see and do on the island, but Mount Waialeale is more than likely at the top of most people’s lists. From unforgettable views to spectacular helicopter rides, Mount Waialeale is something that will stick with you forever.

Hawaii Tourism