Kauai Travel Guide

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Polihale State Park

  • Dirt road at end of Rte. 50 Map It
  • Kekaha
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

The longest stretch of beach in Hawaii starts in Kekaha and ends about 15 miles away at the start of Napali Coast. At Napali end of the beach is the 5-mile-long, 140-acre Polihale State Park. In addition to being long, this beach is 300 feet wide in places and backed by sand dunes 50 to 100 feet tall. It is frequently very hot, with minimal shade and scorching sand in summer. Polihale is a remote beach accessed via a rough, 5-mile haul-cane road (four-wheel drive needed in wet weather) at the end of Route 50 in Kekaha. Be sure to start the day with a full tank of gas and a cooler filled with food and drink. Though it's a popular camping and day-use beach location, the water here is typically rough and not recommended for recreation. No driving is allowed on the beach. The Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), operated by the U.S. Navy, is adjacent to the beach and access to the coastline in front of the base is restricted. Amenities: parking; showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; sunset; walking.

  • Beach, Polihale State Park, West Side Kauai, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

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Dirt road at end of Rte. 50, Kekaha, Hawaii, 96752, USA

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Published 01/20/2010


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