Polihua Beach, Lanai
Name: Polihua Beach
What: Secluded, off-the-beaten-path beach on Lanai’s northwest shore
Where: North from Lanai City, take Polihua Road beyond Keahiakawelo
For visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path getaway, Lanai offers the secluded sands of Polihua Beach. More than 6 miles from Lanai City and about a half-hour past Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods), Polihua is a 2-mile stretch of beach across the channel from Molokai. Hawaii’s green sea turtles (honu) have been known to frequent this shoreline and humpback whales can be spotted from here during the winter months. Please note that if you do encounter endangered turtles do not touch or disturb them.
The current here is incredibly strong so swimming is not advised and is extremely discouraged. However, visitors will find this remote area a great place to beachcomb and sunbathe. It’s not out of the ordinary to find yourselves alone along Polihua’s long, uninhabited stretches of sand. Polihua Beach can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive. Be sure to fill your gas tank and ask your concierge for clear directions.