Polihale Beach is spectacular by all measures of comparison and almost every description of this beach requires the use of a superlative. This is the longest beach in all of Hawaii stretching a full 12 miles in length. Its width is also impressive often extending the length of a football field. It has sand dunes which rise to the vegetation behind that will stand as high as one-hundred feet. The light golden-brown sand is billowy, soft and the deepest you will find in Hawaii. From its furthest northern end it abuts against the spectacular Na Pali Coastline. Its climate is the hottest and driest on Kauai and on most days will provide a respite from the often continuous rainfall that effects the rest of the island which has more rainfall than any other spot on earth. It is the most remote beach on Kauai and among the most private. You won't have to worry about someone pitching their umbrella right next to yours. You can camp (with a permit) out on this amazing area and you can even ride (legally) your 4X Drive vehicles on the sand all the way to the water and down the beach (unfortunately this is not permissible by any of the rental car companies).
Polihale Beach is as dangerous however as it is beautiful. There are no lifeguards on the beach, the waves can shore break and the currents can be treacherous. You should make it a point to stay out of the water.
The beach is so long that it actually has a couple of different sections. The furthest northern section which extends almost to the Na Pali Coast is often referred to by local residents as "End of the Earth". It requires an additional 45 minute or so drive from the paved road on an extremely bumpy unpaved road which is really only suitable for 4X Drive cars and trucks. Your rental cars will not be covered by insurance from the rental car agencies if they are damaged or break down on this road. At the end of the road however you will often see campers with trucks and local fisherman with the long lines and fishing poles anchored into the sand. This is a great place to get away from it all for a sunset or to see the stars at night.
A couple miles before "End of the Earth" you will come to another entrance to the beach which is referred to as "Queens Pond". The general look and feel of this section of the beach is the same as the other portion with its extreme sand dunes and wide sand but it often times has a reef barrier which makes for a bit more sheltered water area. This ocean area can be dangerous as well and is not recommended for swimming either.
Polihale Beach has dirt parking areas, a bathroom, and showers. There is no lifeguard on duty.
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.
Anahola Beach is a great choice for a beach on Kauai. Not only is Anahola picturesque with scenic vistas and a great expanse of beautiful white sand but its protective outer reef of Anahola Bay makes it a less dangerous area in which to enjoy the water than many other beach locations.
Hanalei Bay is by far the largest bay on Kauai and is the heart and soul of all the beaches on the North Shore. The area upon which the ocean touches the shores of the bay is what is known as Hanalei Beach the this colossal spectacle of a beach is perhaps two-miles long and in most places over 100' wide.
Kalihiwai Beach is one of the truly beautiful North Shore Beaches. It is scenically positioned between two prominent points of land and its perfect crescent shape is first noticeable as you get a glimpse of the bay when driving down the roadway which dead-ends at the beach itself.
Lumahai Beach is Kauai's equivalent of the Venus Fly Trap. A case could be made that this may perhaps be the most beautiful beach on the island. Because of its beauty Lumahai Beach was the spot that was chosen to film South Pacific and it is hard to take a photo of this beach that does not come out picture postcard perfect.
In many ways the Mahaulepu Beach experience is more of a hiking adventure than a traditional beach outing. The beautiful sands of Mahaulepu Beach are essentially the hiking path that will take you on a two mile journey starting from Shipwreck Beach in Poipu all the way to the cliffs on the eastern side.
Picturesque is a word that could easily be used to describe Moloa'a Bay. The few vacation rentals that dot this east side bay obviously have the same point of view, as their beachfront locations make a memorable impression in any photograph and aid in luring potential clients to their scenic ocean retreats.
The only reason we are including the Queen's Bath on our list of beaches on Kauai is to dissuade you from going there at all. At the time of this writing I am not exactly certain how many people have lost their lives here but a year has passed by since the official tally had reached 29 persons.
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