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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-587-0400
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A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (141 reviews)
“wheel drive” (53 reviews)
“rental car” (59 reviews)
Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-587-0400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pack a lunch, rent a Jeep, and just plan on spending the day. At the end of the road, a rough one that’s not kind to cars I’m sure. Views are amazing, restrooms close by, and beach goes on forever. LOVE this Beach.

Thank L H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So it is a long, rough drive to beach; not clearly marked. We went to Queen’s Pond (left of the monkeypod tree), parked in the lot area, off to the side. We walked a short way to the beach. Wow! Mesmerizing views of the huge...More

Thank Claudine719
Reviewed 1 week ago

saw the sign for Polihale State Park, turned onto the road and went hmmm. Looks a little sketchy, but we had a Jeep, so went for it. Road in is certainly as the sign states, unmaintained and would be a little questionable during a rain....More

1  Thank MrEquipment
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Literally the end of the island down a long, bumpy dirt road. So beautiful but the sand is thick and the water was rough. Suggest parking at the top and walking down to the water, although there were many jeeps down by the water, there...More

Thank Dawnelle B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is sort of a hidden treasure. People call it “barking sand beach” because if you put the sand between your hands it makes a noise sort of like a barking sound. The sand is so soft. The view is breathtaking. It is a...More

Thank Kodiak0808
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a long drive back to this beach and four-wheel drive would be helpul. If you're looking for a swimming location, this probably isn't the place as the ocean here is treacherous, but the long, quiet beach is beautiful.

Thank RoadTripPlanner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I resisted coming here as the guide books all warn about the bad roads and the costs of getting your car stuck here. I think if you follow the signs to Barking Sands Park you may avoid much of the bad roads and crowds from...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 12 December 2017

This beach is absolutely gorgeous, and there were the right amount of people enjoying it... we were not eerily alone, but we had plenty of space to ourselves (it's huge). You can see the NaPali coast on your right, and a beautiful sunset to your...More

3  Thank KStraveler515
Reviewed 11 December 2017

One reviewer said there were no facilities--- they just didn't go far enough on the road to the right hand side. There are picnic tables and some rest rooms if you dare. This beach is remote enough that some locals forget their swim suits. If...More

Thank mackdril
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

This place truly makes you feel you are at the end of the world. The sunset is even more amazing here as it makes you feel you are on another planet. The road is honestly not so bad. We drove there a couple of times...More

2  Thank Layla F
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Aaron J
26 May 2016|
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Response from Teresa S | Reviewed this property |
On a Friday afternoon, I could count perhaps 10 vehicles along a lengthy stretch of perhaps half a mile of beach. It is limited in the number of visitors due to the long, rough ride to reach this beach. Be aware, there are... More
25 January 2016|
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Response from Happymomoffive | Reviewed this property |
As linh88 said, there is a small dirt parking area under trees (2-3 cars size). We were able to park there. We didn't drive or park on the sand.
Matthew B
2 March 2015|
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Response from ScottJ1 | Reviewed this property |
I think so because camping is allowed and cars drive on the beach. But I can't recall seeing remnants of past fires when we were there