Waimea Bay Beach Park

4.5 stars from 14 reviews
Address 61-31 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Calm waters in the summer. Pounding waves in the winter.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Swimming
• Surfing Level: Advanced

Matt Anderson's Take
Waimea Bay is a very famous beach in the town of Haleiwa on the north shore of O'ahu and home to some amazingly large winter waves which bring out some fantastic surfing.


This is the king of pounding waves and big wave surfing that the north shore is famous for. These also happen to be the same type of waves that will kill you if you tried to swim in them.


If you want to watch some crazy wave and/or surfing action in the winter then check it out for sure, but keep in mind that the parking situation is really bad here. There are a decent number of spots but this place is very popular and they fill up very fast. Get there really early in the morning or consider parking across the street at Waimea Valley where you'll pay $5 and have a bit of a walk. Note that the parking situation is bad at any time of the year.


In the summer the waves are far more calm so you can usually swim here and play in the water. The beach drops off fairly quick so it gets deep fast which sometimes makes it feels like the water is a bit colder here. If that's not for you, drive further east along the coast to a beach like Sunset Beach.


Some people also like to jump off the cliff here. Do or do not, the choice is yours but it's not one we recommend.


On the plus side, you will find showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, a huge sandy area, and lifeguards. Of course, Sunset Beach offers all of that as well.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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At times this is an amazing beach. If the waves aren't crazy it can be a fun place to swim. Sometimes the water is nice, other times it isn't really clear here and has more of a green appearance than the nice clear and blue waters you would want to see. In the winter, if you can find parking this is a great place to watch nature in action as the waves pound the shore. It's also a great place to watch the pro surfers do their thing.
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erica h
Joined: Aug 2017
Reviews: 4
Likes Received: 0
I love this beach! The waves are a little rough at times. During winter time you can watch the huge waves. First time jumping the rock was a blast! Make sure to get there early because parking is very limited.
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Reggie
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
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Although this is a bay touted for great snorkeling, it is also very busy most of the time. You will have to watch a video before entering the water about protecting the ecology. Do try to stay off the coral and put equipment on in sandy spots. Caution..if you go out too far there are undertows that can take you through the walls and into rougher areas. Please keep an eye on children at all times. Many local companies will give you snorkeling lessons and advice. Good for a half day entertainment.
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Kim--4309
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 146
Likes Received: 2
This beach is a must see if you're on Oahu. I recommend getting here early so you can park in the lot (which is almost always full). It's a great beach to go to and bring a cooler of food and drinks and just hang for the day. If you go in winter months, you won't be going in the water, but you can watch the giant surf. If you go in summer, the water is so flat you can paddle board and just relax!
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mirjana
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 8
Likes Received: 0
Waimea is a perfect beach to go visit at least for one day.
During summer it's calm and beautiful for swimming.
During winter season great for catching some crazy big waves or for the ones not surfing you can enjoy watching some pros do it.
Right across the street is a was to Waimea falls.
A must see as well !!!
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tammy
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 2
Likes Received: 1
Everything was great! Beautiful! Parking sucks!
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Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
If you're looking for a quiet and private beach trip, this is NOT the place to go! It gets crowded --it get crowded fast and it gets crowded early! Parking can be a challenge here and when the parking lot fills up you have to resort to parking up on the street or across the street at Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens (there is a charge associated with that). However, don't let these things deter you! Just try to go through the week and go before 9am to get the best spot. Definitely take the opportunity to jump off the rock if you like adventure!
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Waimea Bay beach park is just beautiful I enjoyed my day there. Beautiful water, beautiful scenery, and great for photo opportunities. Bring lunch, sit and relax, or swim. Loved it here, just awesome.
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Brian C
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 9
Likes Received: 5
Waimea Bay Beach is an iconic location for those that want to experience the North Shore. It is a good sized beach that is usually pretty crowded, the two times I have been was during the winter so the waves are huge! Each time there was a pro surfing competition so the parking was overflowing so check your dates or get there early. The water was great to watch and also amazing to watch the brave souls take on the challenge. The water is a lot calmer in the summer so if you want to swim, this would be the time of year to go.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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Waimea Bay is legend. When the waves are 20+, she is usually breaking outside, and adrenaline junkies are battling to get past the punishing shore break to surf it.

Waimea is part of the holy trinity of surf spots in Hawaii along with Pipeline and Sunset. Bruce Brown's classic movies from the 50's come to mind when I think about our surfing forefathers who came before us tackling these waves with 100 lb wood boards in 40 foot waves. Talk about warriors!

Waimea Bay is also one of the most picturesque parts of Hawaii, with an exposed gorgeous bay, where you can grab great photos from cliffs on either side. On the Haleiwa side, you'll capture shots with iconic Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the background.

The shorebreak current is strong from the steep drop off, so be careful not to get swept off your feet. I think Waimea has some of the most clear blue water for snorkeling on the island. Great visibility for snorkeling away from the shoreline. Wintertime, always be cautious with water activities on any beach on the North Shore. You have to RESPECT the power of nature in Hawaii, and the mighty Waimea Bay will demand hers.

Arrive early to find parking in the Waimea bay parking lot (7AMish) or you'll need to park at the Waimea Fall parking lot across the street, which is a 7 minute walk. As a spectator during the winter, or participant during the summer, enjoy this beautiful part of Hawaii legend.
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