Polihale State Park

Polihale State Park, Waimea: Tickets, Tours, Address, Polihale State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Polihale State Park
4.5
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A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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RomKat2013
12 contributions
Polihale SP Adventure
Aug 2021
So, tonight, just before dinner, we decided to go for a short stroll and stop by to get bread and milk for breakfast. We wanted to see the sunset by the ocean and turn to Polihale State Park..... In the next 3 hours, we received several life lessons: 
1. Not all huge SUVs (such as GMC Yukon) are AWD.
2. When the sign at the entrance to the park says the 4WD is needed to get around, you better pay close attention to this. (See #1, I was pretty sure we are driving AWD).
3. Having AAA does not guarantee you'll get service, even if they have "independent contractor in the area." That "independent contractor" asked me to pay $1,500 over the phone upfront for him even show up at that park! 
4. Sometimes complete strangers are willing to help you and spend 2 hours after dark trying to dig your car out of the sand. Then running to the beach, asking local fishing dudes to lend us a rope or something. (Victoria and Chris, we will be grateful forever for your human kindness and compassion).
5. Local fishing dude (God Bless you, Darren) turns up to be a selfless decent human who used his Toyota Tacoma and simple rope to pull us out of the deep sand.
6. Travelers helping travelers put us all in one big family (Ohana!). Always help people if you can!
7. People of Hawaii are loving and generous unless they are "independent contractors in the area" (see#3).
P.S. - Sorry, no pictures, we practically drowned in the sand!
Written August 26, 2021
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sharadM007
Fort Mill, SC13 contributions
Great sandy beach and nice views
Aug 2021
I thought the beach was by far the best as it was fine sand over a large width. The views were stunning especially the mountain with the cave. No idea why the road to reach the beach is in bad shape -it will certainly test your vehicle's suspension...
Written August 15, 2021
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busconi
Wenatchee, WA4,697 contributions
Pretty amazing beach.
Aug 2021
We love this beach...it is at the end of the road and is usually very quiet and empty. Broad expanse of beach...look out toward Ni'ihau. The drive on the road takes a bit with all the speed bumps and potholes, but it is worth it. There are picnic tables, restroom, and showers. We just claimed a spot of sand and made it our own. Usually always sunny here.
Written August 5, 2021
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LarryELee
Olympia, WA72 contributions
An Undiscovered Beach - Or so it seemed (The Locals Know It There)
Jul 2021
One of the best beaches on the island. Did some snorkeling, but mostly a sandy bottom with not a lot to see. Great beach and swimming. We stuck around for the sunset and it was well worth the wait. This wasn't the easiest place to find or get to as it requires driving miles on a gravel/dirt road. And you can't get much more west on this island. That said it was worth the drive..
Written July 31, 2021
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awesterndialogue
The Cincinnati Region21 contributions
Must use 4x4 Vehicle--Otherwise, GO AT SUNSET
Jun 2021
This was by far the most beautiful spot we went to in all Hawaii, and believe me, the only way to get there is in a 4x4 vehicle. We had a Mustang, and I drove on the dirt road that had a sign that clearly said, "4x4 only", and it was a bumpy ride with hefty speed bumps (the bottom of the mustang scrape the ground a couple times). When we got to the end, it lets you go left (to the beach) or straight (to the camp sites), and going straight was a huge mistake--it's a one way road, and within fifty feet we were dragging the bottom of the vehicle on the ground with every bump, so we reversed and went to the beach--and there as you approach it gets very sandy, and we got trapped in the sand for a couple minutes before pushing ourselves out and then parking further away from the beach. All of that to say: do yourself a favor and have a 4x4 vehicle! It is worth the sight at sunset, especially since there were maybe six people for a mile in either direction. Very private, very beautiful, and very bumpy ride.
Written July 17, 2021
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stephanieh172
Myrtle Beach, SC86 contributions
Sand is burning hot!!!! Wear water shoes !!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful beach but OMG the sand gets SO HOT with flip flops. My husband went back to car to get water shoes from car. I swear I would have stayed until dark and the sand cooled down!!! That’s how HOT sand was!!!
Written June 2, 2021
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TJAOAK
Oakland, CA16 contributions
Beautiful but WINDY!
May 2021
Ask and follow the locals. I was advised to only enter if the water was placid; unfortunately, it wasn't. There was so much wind that our lower legs were sandblasted. Nevertheless, it was a small adventure to get to and it was beautiful to see. Check weather and water conditions before going. Bring everything you need; there's nothing there.
Written May 18, 2021
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G_2_the_Dub
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Closed Until Further Notice
Oct 2020
This park is closed until further notice, and that fact is shall we say not we’ll publicized. I looked online for an hour for information about its status, and found none. So I drove out there only to find a sign past the naval base saying it was closed. Of note, the beach at Barking Sands is also closed to visitors via the base, unless they’ve been on Kauai for at least 14 days. Also not publicized online anywhere. Hoping these restrictions go away soon, but you’ll want to call ahead first. Whom to call will not be easy to answer.
Written October 21, 2020
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MiLoo
San Angelo, TX15 contributions
Most beautiful beach ever, dangerous rip currents
Aug 2019
This is the most beautiful beach I've ever been to. The road is rough but worth it when you get there. Stay to watch the sunset because it is incredible.

Be careful swimming, because the rip currents are dangerous and a healthy, strong 20 year old man that was swimming near us drowned right in front of us back in 2011.
Written July 5, 2020
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Tamera B
Kaysville, UT159 contributions
Miles of beautiful beach
Feb 2020
This beach goes on for miles and miles. If you want to have a private beach area, this is the place. That being said, the drive to the beach is treacherous! Cars can make it because I saw some that did. We had a small SUV, but it was still difficult. It is a dirt road that has potholes that can bury you. Don't attempt it on a rainy day. We were told that they grade the road about once a year. It is in desperate need of it right now. Go at your own risk.
Written March 20, 2020
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