We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
808-587-0400
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Beaches, State Parks
Description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
Write a Review

303 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    243
    45
    11
    3
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went here at the suggestion of some locals and it's one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen! Very hot during the day, though, so bring an umbrella and shoes to walk across the sand. The Napali cliffs in the background are incredible!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Worth the trip by itself or as a side trip from Waimea Canyon. Beautiful wide beach that stretches away as far as you can see in both directions with the mountain running into the ocean on the north. About 5 miles off the paved road, first half a washboard gravel/dirt road turning to a narrow sandy road when you get... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Williamsburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This seems to be the best drivable place on island to watch the sunset. But, it is not a quick trip as it is at the end of the road. The beach is huge and we had it almost to ourselves. There is a spot called Queen's Bath that is kind of protected from the waves but the current was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winnipeg, Canada
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

No problems getting out there driving a Nissan Versa. The road from the highway to the beach park sign is a gravel road with moderate washerboard - went 20-30mph. After that it is a narrower sand/dirt road. I had no problems with this either - maybe a few potholes or places I had to slow down a bit but went... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After a long drive on a sandy, rutted road you will find a beautiful, uncrowded beach. Beautiful long stretch of sandy beach with huge cliffs behind it. This is a very hot beach, no shade. Bring water and plenty of sunscreen. Also probably not very safe to swim at. We did not see many people in the water.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you want to claim an huge chunk of beach for yourself - this is the place. The water was calm the day of our visit. You'll need to take plenty of water, there is absolutely nothing there. We parked on the road and hiked in. I wouldn't recommend driving on the sand. We met up with a family that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We loved this beach. There is quite a walk until you reach the water but well worth it. There is not many people around, just the right amount. The mountain view is phenomenal. Highly recommend it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
McHenry, Illinois
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a beautiful beach but to get to Polihale you have to drive over very dry land that is very bumpy. Best in a jeep, not in a car. Then you hike up over a hill on hot, hot, did I say HOT sand. Be sure you are not wearing sandals your feet will burn. Other wise very beautiful... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I grew up in Hawaii and this is one of my two favorite beaches. Polihale is incredibly big (miles of shoreline + distance from sand to surf). The challenge is getting there. Beyond the dirt road mentioned by many, the time required to get from even the Poipu resorts is well over an hour. I've made it in a regular... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Getting to the beach is tricky, however, going slowly and avoiding the potholes and sandy areas will get you there in good shape! Park the car where you won't get stuck and walk a ways to get to the beach which is worth the effort.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Polihale State Park also viewed

 

Been to Polihale State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Polihale State Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing