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“Getting there is half the adventure”

Polihale State Park
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$256.25*
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Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Waimea
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Owner description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
Reviewed April 27, 2014

First trip to Kauai so we were anxious to explore the extremes and Polihale was about as far as you can go to the west so it was the winner. We turned onto the dirt road going to this park and rocked and rolled the entire 4+ miles. Road can use some work and quite frankly we weren't sure what we were in for but this turned out to be an absolutely beautiful beach. The wind was whipping up a storm the day we went so there was no going into the surf but the beach itself was stunning. No only is this beach practically deserted which is an attraction for us, but the views of the Napali coast from here are very nice. Just a really interesting experience. Reminds me of the beaches on Molokai. This turned out to be one of the highlight experiences for our friends traveling with us. There are picnic tables and restroom facilities when you reach the end.

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We stayed on the west side in Navy Cottages and almost missed knowing this beach even existed. We made the VERY long SLOW drive in our mustang convertible and almost turned back a few times. I was very glad we didn't. Out of all the beaches we saw (admitting that half the places we tried to see on the north side never had parking available), this is by FAR our favorite. The views, the empty beaches, the breeze....pure bliss. We were so glad we stayed on the west side of the Island because it quickly became our favorite.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Going to this beach was the highlight of my trip in 2009. I think the ability to swim in clear water with fine sand under your feet is delightful. This beach has that and lots of room to walk. I love it & will definitely return. Kathy Olsen

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is worth driving the 5 miles on a rutted dirt road. We were hesitant to try it, but went slowly and were rewarded with a most spectacular bit of Mother Nature. A very long beach with very few people and a spectacular view of the West end of the Na Pali coast. The ocean is a beautiful, pure turquoise. There are bathrooms at the far end. We brought towels and a picnic and sat on the sand with a panoramic view of the coast and ocean. This is the perfect place to spend a day in complete solitude in paradise.

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have been to this beach several times and because the old road about 5 miles long is dirt and VERY bumpy, it keeps people away. The beach is huge and one of the best places for sunsets. Allow extra time to get there due to the road conditions Would not recommend this trip if it is wet.

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