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Polihale State Park

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Address: Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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+1 808-587-0400

A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.

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Sweeping, long beach; bumpy ride

This is an outstanding beach on the far northwestern end of the road of Kaua'i. It's a state park with limited facilities on the dry leeward side of the island. While everything... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Martin R
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an outstanding beach on the far northwestern end of the road of Kaua'i. It's a state park with limited facilities on the dry leeward side of the island. While everything about the beach is great (sand, water, some reasonably swimming locations), to get here you travel about 4 miles off the end of the pavement. I wouldn't say... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Polihate State Park is a definite must see, especially to catch the evening sun and walk the miles of sandy beach. Absolutely amazing to catch the setting sun with a good friend.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is by far one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. It is not easy to get there as the road is laden with mud, bumps and potholes. The car rental contract says you are not covered if you drive in there; thus a 4 wheel drive vehicle would be recommended. Taking it very slow, it... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Polihale, it's extremely unique and offers the best sunsets on Kauai. A bit out of the way on a rougher road, but its a great place. I don't normally camp, but I make an exception to camp here.

Thank Brinkman107
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The road to get there is long and not very well kept, however, it is a worthwhile drive to see this beach. The surf is much to dangerous for swimming, but sunbathers would love to lounge here. It is also an ideal place for a long beach walk and the perfect place to watch the sun going down. We absolutely... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place you have to visit when on Kauai. In case we would have had an additional day on the island we would have had spend it here. This was the best beach we've seen on Oahu, Kauai, Big island and Maui.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is amazing! Huge, private and if it is raining non stop for days in Kauai you still have no rain and sunshine in this beach :) Arizona of Kauai :) It is bad road to get there though as it is 6km off road. So best to have 4wheel drive. Not very good for swimming though as harsh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We only saw this place from the water, but it looked like heaven. Locals advised us to bring a source of shade and to NOT DRIVE ON THE SAND--apparently 3-4 cars get stuck there every day and it can be up to $800 to get towed out. Some travellers we talked to said the beach was wonderful--free of crowds and... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

What a beach, who knew this was even here? Completely came upon it by just taking an adventure drive. Just about when you run out of paved road, you are there!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We made it out to Polihale beach about 2 minutes before sunset. It was gorgeous! It was a dirt/sandy road to get to the beach, but it wasn't bad in a minivan. This stretch of beach was SO long. I wish we had more time, but it was getting dark pretty quickly.

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