We arrived mid-day for a short visit. This is the end of the line and where the Na Pali Coast begins. The sand was really hot, and it's a long walk to the water. The waves were nice and we enjoyed walking along the water's edge. Many folks had set up tents on the far western end of the beach, where the locals congregate for cookouts, fun and hanging out. This is a public access, so signs can be misleading – don’t drive on beach sand if you only have 2WD, you will get stuck – to get there, take Hwy 50 till it ends, veering right at the fork. The first dirt road leads 3.3 miles to a large monkey pod tree at the Polihale Beach Park sign. To the left is Queens Pond. If you go to the right at the tree, there is a soft sandy spot in the road 4.5 miles from where you left the pavement. This is where many 2WD drivers stop and climb the dune to get to the beach. An alternative way is to backtrack till you see the loop road thru the campsites. (1 mile from the monkey pod tree.) It goes to the top and along the dune, getting you closer to the beach. Dunes are 100 ft high. Rental car policies are voided when you drive on this beach and if you get stuck you are on your own – we saw one car spinning wheels for about five minutes but finally got out. With a Ford Explorer we went down to the end of the road next to the beach bathroom facilities. Great beach, highly recommended.
This is a fantastic beach. Wide and beautiful white sand. I would recommend you go in an SUV as the road is rough on a regular car. The beach buts up to the Na Pali Coast........this is truly the end of the road. If you go further from here you will walk.
While it is beautiful to walk along, I don't believe this would be a good swimming beach. The waves hit hard but even more than that, the beach is known for having very strong currents. If you get in trouble out here, you are totally on your own....be careful.
We believe this is AKA 'Barking Sands Beach," so named because the sand is supposedly so dry there that it will make a "barking" sound as you walk on it. Well, we did not hear too much "barking," but this very long and wide beach, blessed with a great abundance of fine, white sand, was one of the lovliest we've ever seen! The water was pleasantly warm, with plenty of wave activity that was not overwhelming. We also enjoyed visiting the ancient Hawaiian stone temple (HEI'AU) site set against the cliffs at the far end of the beach. This beach is near a military reserve and was tricky to find, as there was poor signage--the main highway ended and became a dirt road for several miles (through a former sugarcane field?) with many forks. We stubbornly persisted until we spotted the ocean through the dense growth.