BEST FOR… Cliffs, sunsets, sleep outs
WHY GO? Secreted down a dirt track on Hawaii’s oldest, most dramatically sculpted isle, Polihale rewards those who make the effort with gorgeous yellow sand, blisteringly blue water, rolling dunes and cracking views of the Na Pali Coast cliffs.
WHAT TO DO: Pack a picnic for a campsite stay – enjoy a super sunset, then spend the night by the sea. If the water’s calm, take a dip (though currents can be strong).
WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Hike the Na Pali Coast (only accessible on foot), amid the native forest of Koke’e State Park and into Waimea Canyon.
GET THERE: Polihale is 8km from Mana Village, off Kauai’s Highway 50.