Polihale State Park Beach, Kauai - Hawaii
Blog Post - November 9, 2021
Polihale State Park is a beautiful beach located on the west side of Kauai.
This is the last beach before you hit the Napali Coast. It's really remote, but because of that it hardly ever gets crowded.
With over 3 miles of pristine beach, you'll find some amazing views.
You need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the 4.8 miles of dirt and sandy roads to get there, but it is definitely worth it.
As you hit Mile Marker 33, you will see the sign for Polihale State Park pointing to turn left onto the dirt road.
You will cross two small bridges and then arrive at the Monkeypod tree.
This is a large tree that has a sign for Polihale State Park.
There is also a sign for directions to the Queen’s Pond and the Camping/Pavilion areas.
I’m going to show you both areas of this state park and why this is a must visit on your next trip to Kauai.
As you arrive at the entrance road to Polihale State Park, you will see mile marker 33 and a sign telling you to turn left on to the dirt road.
As you make the left hand turn onto the dirt road to Polihale State Park you will see a bunch of signs with park information and that you should be driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle. It also shows that the park opens at 5:30 am and closes at 7:45pm.
You'll take this dirt road for 4.8 miles to get to the beach.
As you cross over this first bridge, you'll know you're going the right way.
After driving some more, you'll cross a 2nd smaller bridge.
Even though it's a dirt road with lots of bumps, there are dirt speed bumps that have been created to keep people from speeding.
When you pull up to the Monkeypod Tree, you will see a sign with Polihale State Park. If you go just past that sign you will see a sign with directions to the Queen's Pond and to the Camping/Pavilion Areas of the beach. We are going to go to both.
We headed left to the Queen's Pond first. This dirt road takes you to a parking area. You can also follow the road right out onto the beach.
These are some views of the Queen's Pond Beach at Polihale State Park Beach.
As we walked down the beach, we saw a big sign. We decided to go closer to see what it said.
The sign was for the Pacific Missile Range Facility and said no trespassing.
After seeing this sign, we turned around and headed back the other direction away from the base.
We went back to our Jeep and drove back to the Monkeypod Tree so we could explore the camping/pavilion area of the beach.
After passing the tree we turned left to head towards the camping and picnic/pavilion area. This is what the road looks like.
When you see this intersection with the turnoff and mailbox, keep going straight.
We reached another parking lot area that had bathrooms and covered picnic tables.
We kept driving to the end of the beach where there are more bathrooms and a large pavilion.
We finally arrived at the end of the beach. We parked our Jeep and started exploring. This beach is so amazing!
Overall, we loved this beach. Because it is so remote, there were very few people there. It felt like we had the beach all to ourselves. This beach is a must visit on your next trip to Kauai.
Free Public Parking: $0
Total cost: $0
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there.
- Bring a plenty of water and food as it very remote.
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- Bring sunscreen
- Bring a beach towel and beach chair
- This video was filmed with a Go Pro Hero 9 Black video camera
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