Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay, Haleiwa: Address, Waimea Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

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A popular surfing area located on the North Shore of Oahu.
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Hunter1107
Tiverton, RI120 contributions
Feb 2021
Great spot, just a short drive away from the North Shore. Highly recommend that you also visit the botanical garden area of the park, and there is a waterfall that you can hike to. Cost is $20 per person (adult) but you will see more foliage and rare plants no where else on the island.
Written February 17, 2021
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,167 contributions
Aug 2021
We wanted to go to this beach our whole stay in the North Shore of O'ahu but it was so incredibly busy here during the summer that we could never get our car parked near Waimea Bay. On our very last day in O'ahu we got up early so we had our car parked by 8am. This beach is totally worth a visit. Absolutely stunning sand and water and it made us wish we had gone here every day during our stay in O'ahu. We were fortunate too to have hired snorkel, masks and fins for the week so we were able to swim with the schools of fish we kept seeing while swimming at Waimea Bay. Simply beautiful!!
Written November 13, 2021
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,172 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
First off, the parking lot is small, so don’t expect to get a space easily. However, if you desperately want to park within 100m of the beach you can pay $20 at The Valley across the road. Or you could walk a little and park for free further up the road in the Three Tables or Sharks Cove parking. It’s literally a 5-10 minute walk.

The beach is absolutely beautiful and on the east end, much quieter. There are steps down from the road so you don’t need to scramble over the rocks. There is a steep drop to the shore but you can stay on the level sand at the top. Toilets (not nice ones) are available near the lifeguard tower as well as showers.

The best thing about this bay is the snorkelling. It was on a par with Honolua Bay in Maui - highlights were parrotfish, Christmas wrasse and an abundance of butterflyfish. The water is really clear and there are some large rocks right by the shoreline where the fish can be seen if you don’t want to swim out. There are some strong waves but if you’re sensible you’ll be fine. The other highlight was watching a spinner dolphin pod swim round the paddle boarders and boats. We spent two days at this beach - simply gorgeous.
Written June 15, 2022
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Thata Portugal
Vancouver, Canada204 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Oahu. This is definitely a must see, specially if you are looking to be in a more reserved beach where you can appreciate nature without the business of tourists. Don’t get me wrong, there will be tourists, but it’s a completely different vibe than Waikiki. Parking is very limited, you have to arrive early, or you can pay $20 to park across the street in the Waimea valley.
Written June 28, 2022
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Theresa
Los Angeles, CA37 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Beautiful blue water beach and soft sand. The water and waves can get pretty big and the water gets deep pretty quickly, so definitely watch your little ones. Enjoyed watching people jump from the rock but was not brave enough to do it myself haha. Theres not much shade here so if you can, bring an umbrella or beach hat, sunnies, and def wear sunscreen! There is a bathroom with changing area and place to rinse off. Parking is terrible here! Literally it’s a u-shaped lot with maybe 30 spaces. What we did was park at Waimea Valley across the way. First lot is the best and closest to beach, but costs $20. There’s maybe 2 or 3 more lots that are cheaper at $10 if U drive down but that means further from the beach. If you’re planning to go to both Waimea Valley Falls and the beach choose something in the middle. We parked at the first lot unknowing it was the most expensive and hiked to the waterfall first, changed at the car, then walked over to the beach which took maybe less than 10 minutes from that first lot. Just be careful crossing as the cars are coming and traffic is high. Thankful for the nice locals that stop and let us pass safely.
Written August 17, 2021
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Lisa F
Mount Laurel, NJ217 contributions
Nov 2021
We were here last week in oct/early Nov. IT was NOT calm this day. Waves were extremely high and guards advised not swimming. My kids and husband went anyway and lucky they are all good swimmers. It was NUTS. I lost my shoes and I was standing at edge of water. I heard its great to jump the rock there but NO one was doing that this day. Not even locals. Way rough. Beach has great glass pieces and some shells when I was there. It was a monday and Waimea falls was closed. We did not stay long but will def. check it out again if I am ever there.
Written November 9, 2021
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pdamac
Ottawa, Canada258 contributions
Dec 2021
We stopped here for a mid afternoon snack with friends. The day we initially went it wasn`t crowded as it was mid week however we tried again on a weekend and it was totally pack and people were parking up the hillside (so watch the traffic). Very nice beach and we watch dolphins breaching and playing from shore even though they were far out it was very nice to see and very unexpected.
Written January 2, 2022
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Tahiti222
Rocklin, CA4 contributions
Feb 2022
We have been coming to Hawaii for many years and always make time to come to Waimea Bay. It's absolutely beautiful here and our son loves to jump off the rock...like for hours! It is a bit of a walk through the sand to get to the rock (if that's what you want to do), so try not to bring so much stuff to carry. Friends from the mainland were visiting while we were there and their kids all had a great time. Waves are a good size (at least during the summer) to play in. Lots of snorkeling spots available, too. We usually see a sea turtle swimming around (just don't touch or bother them if you see them). We absolutely love Waimea Bay and highly recommend anyone to visit.
Written February 24, 2022
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lahanson
Lake Benton, MN374 contributions
Mar 2022
Waimea Bay Beach is a wonderful place to hang out and actually go swimming. There are a lot of beaches on the north shore, but a lot of them are not suitable for swimming. This one is a little protected so it gets medium sized waves that are wonderful to float and play in! Finding a place to park can be a problem. The park only has so many spots. We were there at 10:30 AM on a Monday and it was already full. There is some parking on the road too.
Written April 15, 2022
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA226 contributions
Dec 2021
A very popular sandy beach at the mouth of the Waimea River. Attempted to visit here mid-afternoon, but of course, ridiculous parking situation. This was a weekday in early December. Use caution while driving back to Haleiwa from here, as lots of cars jockey for limited overflow parking along the guardrail on busy Kamehameha Hwy. If you don't get there early, have a plan "B" beach in mind.

Mahalo
Written March 22, 2022
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