Date of Trip: April 2006
Our family has been travelling to Hawaii for the past 10 years. Although each island has some of the most awesome beaches you could imagine, my all-time favorite is Poli Hale Beach on the Island of Kauai.
It’s actually a state park, but you would never know it when trying to get there. You will have to drive to the end of the road around the Southwest side of the island. It was raining on the east side of the island one day and we started talking to some locals and they told us about Poli Hale Beach. (It hardly ever rains on the west side of the island). You have to drive through a sugar cane field to get there and the road is pretty rough and can swallow a rental car if you’re not careful.
The first time I made the trip, my wife was having a fit and kept telling me to turn around and that we were lost. I guarantee it’s worth the trip. You end up in front of some sand dunes and can’t see the ocean from most of the road. Once you park and climb the sand dunes you will be treated to one of the most spectacular views you will ever see. The beach stretches for 6 or 7 miles and abruptly ends with the Napali Cliffs rising from the ocean to several thousand feet.
Use extreme caution if you plan on swimming. The waves are huge and there are many rip-tides. There are a couple of “spits” of sand that jut out into the ocean. These are best places to swim, but don’t turn your back on the waves.
We try to get out there at least once or twice every trip for sunset. They are spectacular and with the waves crashing on the shore, you will be treated to a sensory overload that’s not quickly forgotten.
Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. It will be our little secret.