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Polihale State Park

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

This is a great beach to just go and explore and have fun at. We had a rainy day on Kauaii and a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
South Carolina
Long dirt road...Paydirt as far as beaches go

Went with a friend who had been many years ago. Whenever I return to Kauai, I’ll be certain to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-587-0400
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great beach to just go and explore and have fun at. We had a rainy day on Kauaii and a 4-wheel drive jeep so we went off-road mudding to Polihale. It was a blast. The beach area was not completely empty of...More

Thank JPMcGuire
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a friend who had been many years ago. Whenever I return to Kauai, I’ll be certain to make time to come back here. Beautiful long sandy beach, western views (stay for sunset), and great waves. Bring for food & drink because there’s no...More

Thank 92210David_W
Reviewed 1 week ago

tt is remote, down a long rough dirt road, but well worth the five mile drive. Bring food and about anything else you think you will need. There are no services except a couple of rest rooms. Enjoy the solitude, the soaring cliffs and the...More

1  Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told that this beach is where locals like to go on weekends. It is definitely not known to tourists and a great secret! We drove about 20 minutes on bumpy dirt roads to get there, but it was so worth it. There was...More

Thank BucketListExpl0rer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took me 30 minutes to go the five miles down a rocky dirt road it takes to reach this park, averaged about 12 mph, but it certainly was beautiful. The locals will tell you if you get stuck here, forget calling AAA, they won't help...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on a friend's recommendation and I am soo glad we did. This was our favorite beach in Kauai. The drive there is not easy, unless you have a jeep or a 4-wheeler. We did not, and kept getting double minded if we...More

1  Thank HM H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we came through the clearing at the state park, I felt like I was in the Sahara Desert! The beach was expansive, natural, untouched, fabulous! The drive is tough... several miles of rutted dirt road. We drove it in the rain in all all...More

1  Thank NoodleTime
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one of the moments in your life that you have truly found a secret paradise! Great stop for a picnic and bring the sand toys for the kids! As crazy as it sounds we took a rental minivan through the sand in...More

2  Thank lindaleew2017
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This beach and park is difficult to get to but well worth the effort. Beautiful undeveloped beach for miles and ending at a spectacular cliffs. Beautiful white sand and great sunset location. Beware of the waves as I was knocked over once when I wasn’t...More

1  Thank KauaiCheapVacations
Reviewed 6 October 2017

At the end of a not-so-bumpy road (it's being oversold as a rough dirt road when it's not) you'll find this small (not) heaven. Waves are not too strong but be sure you know where you are. Just a great view of the ocean and...More

Thank Ziggypop4
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Aaron J
27 May 2016|
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Response from Teresa S | Reviewed this property |
On a Friday afternoon, I could count perhaps 10 vehicles along a lengthy stretch of perhaps half a mile of beach. It is limited in the number of visitors due to the long, rough ride to reach this beach. Be aware, there are... More
26 January 2016|
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Response from Happymomoffive | Reviewed this property |
As linh88 said, there is a small dirt parking area under trees (2-3 cars size). We were able to park there. We didn't drive or park on the sand.
Matthew B
3 March 2015|
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Response from ScottJ1 | Reviewed this property |
I think so because camping is allowed and cars drive on the beach. But I can't recall seeing remnants of past fires when we were there