Whale-Watching at Polihua Beach, Polihua Beach
Concierge.com's insider take:
This secluded north shore beach got its name, Polihua (Hawaiian for "egg nest"), from the many sea turtles that once laid eggs on its shores. These days, humpback whales are the predominant animals sighted here during the seasonal migration (December to April). You'll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get to the beach, which is a tooth-rattling 12 miles down a rocky dirt road that begins near the Lodge at Koele. Bring lots of water and sunscreen, as there are no beach facilities. Strong currents make the water treacherous for swimmers, but it's a great spot for collecting puka shells and other beach treasures.