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Polihale State Park, Waimea

Beach · State Park
Located along the untamed west coast of the island of Kauai, Polihale State Park offers a wild natural environment and one of Hawaii's longest sand beaches. Explore the ecosystem that recalls Hawaii of the past, with rugged cliffs, crashing waves, and sand dunes as tall as 30.5 m (100 ft) above the sea. Wander along the 24 km (15 mi) beach. If you'd like to stay longer, campsites are available, along with restrooms and showers. Though the beach has a calm appearance, rip tides, steep drop-offs, and rough surf make swimming essentially impossible outside a small area. Also note that the 8 km (5 mi) road to the park is unpaved and rough. Heavy rains can make a visit impossible for many cars, so check the weather in advance. Arrange to visit Polihale State Park and other attractions in Waimea using our Waimea trip itinerary planner.
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  • So, tonight, just before dinner, we decided to go for a short stroll and stop by to get bread and milk for breakfast. We wanted to see the sunset by the ocean and turn to Polihale State Park..... In.....  more »
  • I thought the beach was by far the best as it was fine sand over a large width. The views were stunning especially the mountain with the cave. No idea why the road to reach the beach is in bad shape.....  more »
  • We love this is at the end of the road and is usually very quiet and empty. Broad expanse of beach...look out toward Ni'ihau. The drive on the road takes a bit with all the speed bumps...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful beaches I've been on. The sand is fine and soft. The water is turquoise blue, crystal clear and the back drop is of gigantic mountain range. I felt like I was swimming in Jurassic park. It was truly paradise. Unforgettable. The three mile dirt road drive is well worth it, not difficult to access.
  • I really love this beach. I have been there a few times, and it’s pretty wide open with very few people. The waves 🌊 can get a bit rough even it being on the leeward side of the Island. If you want to drive on the sand, you must have 4WD! 🙏🏼☝🏼♾🌈
  • Need a 4 wheel vehicle to get to the beach but once you do, it's heaven...
  • Polihale is hands-down the Hawaiian archipelago’s most breathtakingly beautiful beach.  This seemingly deserted 11 km (7 mi) stretch on the western end of Kauai, one of the world’s most scenic islands, is several miles from the nearest town and holds a vibe of enchantment and mystique, still alive on Hawaii today. The beach can only be reached via a poorly marked, dirt sugarcane road, making a four-wheel drive vehicle preferable (check with your rental car company for restrictions before heading out).
  • Beautiful place, sunset is amazing and good place to camp out, swim and have fun with your family. You will need a 4 wheel drive to get here otherwise you'll get stuck and have to put your tires down to 14psi inorder to pull yourself out. I had a 2 wheel front drive vehicle and got stuck and did just that but I had a tire air filler with me so that I could put them back up to the right psi. Also make sure you bring a tent with you because there's no shade up there and the sun is bright and its piping hot.

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