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Polihale State Park, Waimea

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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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  • My favorite place on the island. Very rough road in so a 4x4 would've been preferred but secluded beaches for miles  more »
  • I wanted a beach that was as far from civilization as you can get, and this is pretty close. If you look north, the nearest piece of land is Alaska. East is Russia, then Japan, then Fiji and Bora Bora...  more »
  • The drive in was not as bad as expected. It was a long dirt road with bumps and some deep puddles but nothing our compact rental car couldn't handle. Once we finally arrived, it was worth the wait. Be...  more »

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