Waiale'e Beach Park

4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Nice, quiet beach with few people. Nice reef to do some tidepool exploration.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Type: Shady
• Type: Tide Pools • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty

Matt Anderson's Take
Waiale'e Beach Park is surprisingly easy to miss, even though it's located right off the main road along the north shore of O'ahu in Haleiwa. Most visitors in this area will probably stop at Sunset Beach up the road a bit, but Waiale'e Beach Park is worth checking out. It's a peaceful place. A slice of paradise with beautiful views and an exposed reef to explore.

The most distinguishing feature of Waiale'e Beach is the offshore islet about 75 yards off the north section of the beach. The islet is very jagged and looks tempting to swim out and explore, but the likelihood of getting caught up on the reef is high. Not recommended.

The beach is shaded by ironwood trees with a small beach area to enjoy. We'd recommend traveling up to Banzai Pipeline / 'Ehukai Beach Park or Waimea Bay Beach Park if you're looking to do some surfing or swimming. There are several tide pools to explore on the reef here, but keep your eyes open for waves that can sneak up on you.

If you enjoy photography, this is a great place to practice your craft. That offshore islet we mentioned earlier is called Kuka'imanini, which makes a great subject for photographs.

North Shore fishing fans will have a good time here at Waiale'e Beach, casting a line off the reef. Some fisherman will wade out 15 or 20 yards on the reef and cast from there.

The backdrop of trees does provide a lot of shade, so move your towel under the shade to protect yourself from being exposed to Hawaii's brutal UV rays. You'll still need sunblock to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer.

Note that there are no picnic tables, grassy areas, or showers here. Camping is not allowed here. There are, however, a couple of Porta potties on the north side of the parking lot. The dirt parking lot is pretty large, and we've never seen it filled up so you should have no trouble parking here.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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There can be some great snorkeling all around the small islet here but only when the ocean is very calm and only for very strong swimmers that know what they're doing and only when the ocean is very calm. For everyone else, there are better and safer places to swim.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
I really like this beach. The sand is white and soft. It feels secluded and peaceful. Just a beautiful peaceful spot of North Shore bliss.
Stafford-Ames M
Joined: Dec 2015
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 0
Do not get confused, this area is not in Waialee but a mile toward Kahuku. Waialee beach is just down that sandy road (locked) from the old dorm still standing. Lived at Waialee from 1939-1947, the last house toward the island offshore.

LookIntoHawaii.com reply: As far as we can tell, this area is called Waiale'e Beach Park. We've checked many maps and other resources and all signs point to this area as being Waiale'e Beach Park.
crystal l
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 7
Likes Received: 2
It is a great park to relax and watch the beautiful sunsets. Has plenty of picnic tables for having a family picnic. You are able to watch the paddle boarders. Very relaxing and super easy access to get to. Nice reef to explore.
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