Polihale State Park RV & Campground Guide

Hawaii

The Polihale State Park is a pristine beach area that's so isolated it's rarely visited, even by Hawaiians. To get to this park on the island of Kauai, you must drive on a rough five-mile road from Kekaha. However, the beach's natural wilderness, including the 100-foot sand dunes, is worth the journey. It's the farthest-west public beach in Hawaii – about 14 miles from Waimea and 45 miles from the Kauai's largest city of Kapaʻa. The sands run for 17 miles, making it the longest continuous beach in the Hawaiian Island group. 

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RV Resorts & Campsites in Polihale State Park

You'll really appreciate the amenities of a recreational vehicle when you camp at the remote Polihale State Park. However, RVs must be rented on Kauai since there is no way to ferry an RV from a neighboring island. To find a rental, try searching the RVshare options on the Kauai rentals page.

Polihale State Park

Though camping is allowed with a permit at Polihale State Park, the road into the park is so rough that a four-wheel-drive RV is recommended. Once you get there, the campsites are limited to tent camping only. The facilities are limited as you might expect in a wild area. However, the rustic beach setting is ideal for those who enjoy adventures. The mountain wildlife is so close to campers that you can hear birds and other callers throughout the night, even over the pounding of the waves. Swimming is limited to an area known as Queen’s Pond, the only area without riptides. 

  • Water Hookup: No, water is available at hand-pump stations
  • Electric Hookup: No
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $12 to $18 per night
  • Office hours: There is no office

Lucy Wright Park

Lucy Wright Park is a first-come-first-served campground just 18 miles south of Polihale State Park. The number of RV campsites is unspecified. If you have a permit and can find a space to pull your RV into, you can camp. The 4.48-acre park is within walking distance of Waimea, where you can stock up on supplies or visit a restaurant. Furthermore, the park is in a good area for surfing.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: No
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Fee: $12 to $18 per night
  • Office hours: Campground closes at 10 a.m. on Monday and reopens at noon on Tuesday each week to allow for maintenance

Salt Pond Beach Park

Salt Pond Beach Park has another first-come-first-served campground that can accommodate RVers with the proper permit. Located 20 miles south of Polihale State Park in Eleele, Salt Pond Park is one of the most visited campgrounds on Kauai. The four salt ponds are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Along the shoreline, there are several tidal pools filled with marine life. 

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: No
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Fee: $12 to $18 per night
  • Office hours: Park closes each Tuesday at 10 a.m. and reopens on Wednesday at noon for maintenance

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What to Do at
Polihale State Park

Inside Polihale State Park

Though the selection of activities available at Polihale State Park is limited, those selections are some of the most spectacular you'll find in the world. At this park, you can explore a wide-open beach that's 17 miles in length. Since the surf is beautiful but deadly, the only safe place to swim is at Queen’s Pond, a small section of the park. The white sands build to tremendous heights just before the mountains emerge. Another focus of the park is the magnificent sunsets, which seem to drop over an endless horizon.

Outside Polihale State Park

Since the park is so isolated, you will have to drive some distance to visit any restaurant, shop, or significant site. Once you get past the rutted five-mile road, however, there are a lot of attractions that you won't want to miss. Many people visit these sites before or after visiting the park. 

Restaurants

Porky's Kauai

The closest quality restaurants to the park are in Waimea. Here, Porky’s Kauai restaurant serves some of the best sandwiches found on the Island of Kauai. Whether you are looking for pulled pork, pineapple sausage, or grilled cheese, you'll have an amazing lunch at Porky’s.

Type: Hawaiian, American

Location: 9899 Waimea Road, Waimea, HI 96796

Island Taco

At the Island Taco restaurant in Waimea, you'll find some of the best tacos in all of Hawaii. The cooks specialize in making their tacos from scratch, including the tortillas. The filling comes in a variety of fish, pork, and even chili flavors.

Type: Hawaiian, Taco

Location: 9643 Kaumuali Highway, Waimea, HI 96796

Da Pizza Place

Pizza is familiar to everyone and is often a reminder of home for travelers. At Da Pizza Place in Waimea, pizza is delivered Hawaiian style. Local spices and flavors influence the pies they cook up. If you ever wanted a real “Hawaiian” pizza, this is your chance to get it.

Type: Hawaiian, Pizza

Location: 9400 Kaumuali Highway, Waimea, HI 96796

Shopping

Tahiti Imports

Head to Tahiti Imports when you're ready to stock up on souvenirs and island gear. Just a short distance from the Polihale State Park, this shop carries the celebrated Pau skirts, women’s accessories, and men’s shirts. If you want to show off your visit to Hawaii when you get home, this is the place to stop and get those items that are unmistakably Hawaiian.

Location: 8296 Kekaha Road, Kekaha, HI 96752

Aloha-n-Paradise

Aloha-n-Paradise is a unique blend of a coffee shop, massage spa, and art gallery. The intention is for the guests to relax while looking over art from local artists. At this shop, you may find that elusive bit of Hawaii to take home and hang on your wall.

Location: 9905 Waimea Road, Waimea, HI 96796

The Shirt Shack

Only in Hawaii will you still find a shop that advertises on the street with signs about deals and a wide-open door inviting you to enter. At The Shirt Shack, there are deals on shirts of all types for men. Whether you are looking for a t-shirt, a tank-top, or something more formal, they sell options here with a unique Hawaiian twist.

Location: 4490 Pokole Road, Waimea, HI 96796

Sightseeing

West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center

The first place to stop and get your bearings in Waimea is at the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center. The center serves as an education center on the natural and cultural history of Kauai. Taking a moment to understand the culture lets you appreciate the environment and the people around you.

Location: 9565 Kaumuali Highway, Waimea, HI 96796

Koke’e State Park

After you visit Polihale State Park with all its beaches and surf, take to the mountains of Hawaii by visiting Koke’e State Park. At this park, you can stand on a pinnacle at 4,000 feet and look into the amphitheater-like valley below that empties into the ocean. Koke’e State Park is where you experience the other side of Hawaii: the canyons, mountains, and lush vegetation.

Location: Koke'e Road, Highway 550, Kekaha, HI 96752

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How to Get to
Polihale State Park

No matter where you start at on Kauai, you can reach Polihale State Park by finding Highway 50 and taking it west till it ends. When the highway forks, take the bend toward the right called Kiko Road. Take the first left onto Lower Saki Mana Road. The rest of the road is well-marked but rutted. 

Entering Polihale State Park

While it's free to enter Polihale State Park, you'll have to pay to camp. Fees for campground use depend on residence status.

Hawaiian residents, up to 6 people : $12

$2 for each additional person per night. Maximum campsite fee is $20.

For non-residents, up to 6 people : $18

$3 for each additional person per night. Maximum campsite fee is $30

If you're the type of traveler who enjoys wild, rustic environments, you'll create memories that will last a lifetime at Polihale State Park. When you get home, email us your thoughts and photos at [email protected] We would love to hear about your trip and perhaps highlight your adventures in one of our upcoming posts. Be sure to also tag RVShare on your social media posts documenting your travels.