Polihale is an expansive wild beach. Located at the western end of Kauai and at the start/end of the famous Napali coast. This could very well be listed in the Top Ten Beach list, but since it is such an adventure to get and stay here, we have listed it as a Top Ten adventure – whether you camp here or just visit. Camping is permitted, and there is running water, flush toilets, semi-private showers, and a few pavilions. You will need drinking water and all other necessities, as there is nothing to buy here. The sun is intense, and the ocean waters are extremely dangerous – with no lifeguards, and no medical facilities. It is exposed to the open ocean and currents can be treacherous, even when seemingly mild. The only safe swimming is at the southern end of the park in the Queen’s Pond. The many sand dunes that line the beach can reach heights approaching 100 feet. Driving on the beach is allowed, but tow truck assistance would prove expensive. The road to the park is full of ruts and pot holes, so it is difficult to access by non-4WD vehicles – and if raining, 4WD is mandatory. Polihale is not for your typical tourist. But if this describes you, then there are only a handful of beaches in this day and age where you can truly experience solitude and raw nature – so if this describes you, consider paying Polihale a visit.
Polihale State Beach
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