One of the best camping experiences on Kaua`i is at Polihale Beach Park. At the very end of the road on the west side, the extremely long beach lies on the west end of the Na Pali Coast. Polihale is gorgeous any time of day (although it can get pretty windy in the afternoon), but camping there allows you to experience the beauty of the place as it changes throughout the day. The beach was considered sacred by Hawaiians, as it was believed that this is where the souls of the dead jumped off the cliff, into the water, and made their way to the afterworld which was said to be and island off the coast here.
Walking up at Polihale is to wake up to a feeling of deep peace like no other place. It’s calm, it’s cool, the ocean is perfectly glassy and still. Before the sun makes its way over the cliffs mid-morning, you can enjoy a long beach walk without the heat that will beat down on you until it sets below the horizon.
The sun nearly always shines throughout the day at Polihale. It’s great for tanning, and burning too, so if you’re spending the entire day it’s a good idea to bring some sort of shade. If you don’t there’s pavilions at the top of the beach but they’re limited, and often taken. The part of the beach nearing the cliffs at the north end is known as Echo Beach. People surf out here, and it can be a nice break from the sun down here depending on the time of day.
Sunset may be the best time at Polihale. There usually colorful, ranging from orange to purple, vibrant, and set over the island of Ni`ihau. You may even see the green flash out here as the sun drops below the horizon.
Even nighttime is enjoyable at Polihale. Spending time by a fire and falling asleep to the sound of the waves is a unique experience. When you visit Kaua`i, don’t pass up a day at Polihale.