We just spent 2 glorious nights camping at Polihale state park (pictured above). This is quite frankly one of the most beautiful places/beaches I have been to. It is 7 miles of pure white sands, with large dunes (up to 100 feet) behind the main beach. Locals drive on the beach (not recommended unless you have a giant truck and know what you are doing as I am pretty sure AAA doesn’t drive out there.). During the Dalai Lama’s visit to Kauai in the 1994 he wanted to visit two places – Anahola and Polihale “Because Polihale is the place where souls leave for the next world and Anahola is where souls enter the earth.” Just that fact in itself is pretty cool, right?! It is truely a magical place … The camping is a bit haphazard as there are no set camping spots but more like general camping areas – so rent a 4×4, get a camping permit (available on-line) and go park in a shady spot with an ocean view (it gets really hot here in summer) !! Bring food, a cooler with beverages and ice as you will be a LONG way from a store! In winter bring a rain fly and mozzie spray as there are mosquitos in winter .. In Summer? Nope only flies …. There is potable water available,toilets and outdoor showers for rinsing. Though you are not supposed to make campfires you will find many campfire rings and ashes from these campfires … Just make sure that you extinguish the properly to avoid any fire hazards (or just make a small fire on the beach at night). Go during full moon and you won’t need a flashlight – the whole area will be lit up – if you prefer stargazing go during new moon for some incredible views of our night skies!
This beach is located at the very end of the road – you will pass the Pacific Missle Range facility – the entrance to the park will be down a dirt road on your left (yellow gate that is open) that could be (or not be marked). The sign seems to disappear quite often. If you miss the road you will drive into restricted area of the Missle testing facility and both roads (there is fork) will lead you to dead ends . If you pass other tourist cars looking lost on these dead end roads you will know that you have gone too far! It is truely a remarkable place not to be missed from any of your bucket lists. Do keep in mind that the sand is reflective so even sitting under a protective umbrella you could get burned…. Kevin and I did… DOH!
So now we are nursing our sunburns and I have decided that I may use this blog for now to offer you a tour of our current home the beautiful isle of Kauai … (Blogging is on my list of things to do too- obviously right?!?) so stay tuned this blog of freedoms will bring you with me to explore during these magical days of glory!