Waiale'e Beach Park

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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

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.