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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. Using our world travel planner, Waimea attractions like Polihale State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you like to go off-road and do not like to share one k of beach: go to Polihale. Especially when shower are expected. Okay your car will look like a complete mess, but that's the price you sometime...  more »
  • Was concerned after reading reviews of the road. Would a 4x4 be needed? Not the case at all. I can tell you that if there was heavy rains that would be a different story, but we had a mid-range SUV an...  more »
  • Long stretch of wild beach where you can camp or enjoy long non touristy walks. The place to be at sunset. Not advisable for swimming, waves were rough. Only downside is the road out to the beach: dot...  more »