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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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  • Literally the end of the island down a long, bumpy dirt road. So beautiful but the sand is thick and the water was rough. Suggest parking at the top and walking down to the water, although there were ...  more »
  • This beach is sort of a hidden treasure. People call it “barking sand beach” because if you put the sand between your hands it makes a noise sort of like a barking sound. The sand is so soft. The view...  more »
  • It's a long drive back to this beach and four-wheel drive would be helpul. If you're looking for a swimming location, this probably isn't the place as the ocean here is treacherous, but the long, quie...  more »

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