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Address: Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
Phone Number: 808-587-0400
Description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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Beautiful beach that goes for miles

Stunning! We drove from Princeville 72 degrees (where it was raining) to Polihale where it was 88 degrees. The worst part was driving that last long BUMPY dirt road to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Lynden, Washington
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Lynden, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Stunning! We drove from Princeville 72 degrees (where it was raining) to Polihale where it was 88 degrees. The worst part was driving that last long BUMPY dirt road to get there...but well worth it once we arrived. The surf is strong!! The adults did go out and swim and one was pulled under and popped up a little ways... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This is a great spot to relax in the sunniest part of the island. Bring a picnic and hang out with less than a dozen locals to see the waves crash onto the most pristine beach. The road is more than an adventure so bring the 4X4 and keep in mind some rental companies prohibit the trek up to Polihale.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This beach is totally worth the drive down a terribly bumpy dirt road. I could have spent my entire trip here and never left but for the other folks I was with.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

On March 28, 2015, we had researched the waves at Polihale and it was forecast to be very low surf that day @ about 2-3 feet. On arrival, it was even lower than this. An absolutely beautiful day, with very calm waters. We set up at a "calm" spot which in hindsight was a mistake. My wife and I went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful beach that ends at the Napali Cliffs. Very private since most people don't want to take the slow and rough ride to the park. You have about 5 miles of 10 mile per hour driving but it is more than worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Prepare yourself for this drive. It's not really that far, but if you haven't been there before, it seems like forever. Rattle the fillings right outa your teeth. No problem for a non-4 wheeler, just a dirt road and bumpy. If you go slow it will be more comfortable. OR, go fast and let the rental car take the beating.... More 

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Bristow, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Go visit, take only pictures and leave only footprints. This beach is stunning and is a great place to relax and just enjoy life. Pack a picnic dinner and shoot the sunset here. Your pictures will be the ones you blow up and hang on your walls at home.

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had a 4 X 4 and made the trip down the 5 mile dirt road. Well worth the drive and beautiful scenery. We noticed others in regular vehicles doing the same. It was an awesome photographic beach where the Napali Coast starts. WOW GORGEOUS! The water is rough so don't plan on swimming there.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were quite willing to make the long drive to the far western end of Kauai and then shake, rattle and roll along the rutted dirt road to the end. When we got there, yes, the cliffs were dramatic and the sea wild. However, we have experienced cliffs at least as dramatic and seas as wild, with longer, more walkable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

You are looking at a long drive to get here. Count on about 20 minutes from the end of the paved road. It is a bumpy ride - we had a jeep wrangler - but we saw plenty of people driving in sedans. We drove the whole way to the end of the beach right by the west end of... More 

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