Hawaii July 14, 2017
The Top Secret Beach In Hawaii That Will Make Your Summer Complete
While we love Waikiki as much as the next person, it certainly isn’t the best beach in the country – or even Hawaii. With hundreds of picturesque beaches across the Hawaiian Islands, it seems silly to stick to the most popular stretches of sand. So, instead of fighting tourists for the best spot on Waikiki or Poipu beaches on your next beach day, why not head to this gorgeous top secret beach – if you’re on the island of Lanai, that is.
Also known as the Pineapple Island, for its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation, Lanai is approximately 141 square miles, and is home to 3,100 residents.
Though often overlooked for the larger, more populous islands, Lanai is a secret paradise full of secluded beaches. Polihua Beach feels especially hidden, though, as it is located on the island’s remote northwestern coast and is only accessible via four-wheel drive vehicle.
Polihua Beach is not only Lanai’s longest stretch of white sand - measuring in at nearly two miles - but because the beach is located in such a secluded area, you might find that you have the beach to yourself!
Located across the channel from Molokai, the currents here are strong, and swimming is not advised. Beachcombing, relaxing, sunbathing, picnicking, and nice long walks along the water, however, is encouraged.
It is recommended that you visit Polihua Beach early in the day, as rough afternoon winds have been known to create sandstorms. Even better, avoid Polihua altogether on windy days, and only visit when the air is calm.
Polihua translates to "eggs nest" in Hawaiian, after the green sea turtles that have been known to frequent the shoreline. During the winter months, you might see humpback whales frolicking off the coast.
This private paradise is home to expansive sand dunes that have been shaped by the wind, and is often considered to be one of Hawaii’s prettiest beaches. However, due to its remote location, Polihua can still be classified as top secret.
More than 60 miles from Lanai City and half an hour past Garden of the Gods, Polihua is accessible via a four mile unpaved road, and is perfect for anyone looking for an off the beaten path getaway that will make your summer epic.
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