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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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Best Sunset on the Islands

If you have a car with four wheel drive, you must put that car to work and drive out on the dirt road to polihale beach. Beautiful green cliffs on one side, beach as far as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you have a car with four wheel drive, you must put that car to work and drive out on the dirt road to polihale beach. Beautiful green cliffs on one side, beach as far as the eye can see on the other. Since the beach is out of the way, it is not overcrowded. For the true "beach getaway"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful areas I've seen in all of Hawaii. It's at the end of a dirt road that was fortunately passable for us in a 4WD SUV, but we saw a compact rental car stuck on the road. I wouldn't go if it's been raining as the dirt would turn to mud really quickly. However,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Getting there IS half the fun if your kidneys can take it (long drive on a dirt road). There are many dirt roads on Kauai that will take you places (4 wheel drive vehicles suggested after a rain). Polehale is a remote beach on the far west side of the United States. Sunset is spectacular and after the light goes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

There is a 3 mile dirt track at the end of the highway, so progress is slow. Its worth the trip though as the views are incredible and the sand is amazingly soft. Caught a few rays here too, wonderful beach

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

You'll need a sturdy car to get along the potholed road to find this truly beautiful beach but it will be so worth it. We've seen some gorgeous beaches before but this was truly breathtaking. Most western point on the island, I think, fairly deserted, probably because of the state of the road to get there, but amazing place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches. The sand is white, water blue and you get a view of the Napali coast on the north side of the beach. I went in May, the water was a little too rough to go swimming in but the beautiful beach made up for it. The dirt road is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This beach is incredibly beautiful and not very crowded. You do have to drive a dirt road for a few miles to get to the beach, but it's worth it. If you're in a rental car, be careful! There are many potholes, so go slow. But once you arrive, you'll love the white sand, amazing sunsets, and local's only vibe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I timed our activities on Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015, so that we would be here for the "golden hour" before sunset. We had a nice picnic lunch at Waimea Canyon, took gorgeous photos of Kalalau from two sites, and then drove to Polihale Beach. Getting here requires patience since one has to drive over old sugar cane... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Technically, this park is off limits for rental cars. The map they give you will show you where you are not supposed to go beyond. But the name on the map is not the same as name on the road signs so we honestly did not know we were not supposed to go there. The road is rugged but safe... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Polihale is an incredible setting that I'd return to many times over if I didn't have the negative association of pulling my nearly-drowned buddy and his girlfriend out of the surf. Do not go in the water unless you're a VERY experienced waterman/waterwoman. Seriously. What started as carefree body surfing in waist-deep water turned into a near-death experience that almost... More 

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