The secluded sands of Polihua Beach are a truly off-the-beaten-path getaway. Sixty plus miles from Lanai city and half an hour from the Garden of the Gods, Polihua is Lanai’s longest white-sand beach; a 1.5 mile stretch along the northwest coastline. You’ll get a nice view of Molokai across the channel and on a clear day you can even see Diamond Head on O’ahu.
Honu, Hawaii’s revered, green sea turtles frequent the shoreline and it’s a great place to spot humpback whales during the winter months.
You may well find yourself alone on this pristine stretch of sand. The remote beach is an unparalleled location to beachcomb, sunbathe, and take a picnic. Best to visit early in the day; the afternoons can get quite windy.
ProTip: Even when the water appears placid, strong currents make swimming here extremely dangerous. No snorkeling or surfing here.
Polihua is only accessible via a rough, unpaved, four mile long road that requires a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to traverse. Once you get to the parking lot, you’ll have a short hike to get beachside.
Before setting out, be sure your gas tank is full and get clear directions. Don’t rely on GPS in these remote regions. Unplug and enjoy the seclusion and majesty of nature.
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