Waimea Bay
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Waimea Bay is the deepest bay on Oahu’s North Shore and the birthplace of big-wave surfing, especially in winter. Between November to February, waves reach up to 40 feet in height, challenging even the most expert surfers. Even if you're not a fan of riding the waves, watching these pro surfers in action will get your heart racing too. Otherwise, visit during summer for the soft sand, arresting seaside views, and calmer waters—perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving and even cliff-jumping. The wave conditions here fluctuate quickly, so look out for the colored flags before diving in. – Tripadvisor
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  • JC6
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Beautiful
    This beach was absolutely beautiful. There were barely any crowds which was nice to escape from some of the other crowded beaches. Turquoise and blue waters, and I could literally just float in the water. Not ideal for small children given the waves, but for teens it’s great location. Had good facilities and three lifeguards on duty. We walked to Waimea waterfall earlier in day so was a great way to end the day. We got lucky with parking, but could see how that could be a problem for others. There is not really any food around this area so you definitely want to bring food if this is your location for the day. There is a food facility near the Waimea Valley at the entrance of the waterfall trail. Food there was pretty delicious and reasonably priced.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • baxter103
    Denver, Colorado183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exactly what one pictures when thinking of a Hawaiian beach.
    This was probably our favorite North Shore beach. Beautiful sandy beach in close proximity to a town. We jumped off of Black Rock (some of us anyway), sat in the sun, swam, and saw sea turtles. We visited multiple times. Unless you're early, parking is a bear so be prepared to hike a bit.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • islandlovingtwosome
    Lake Forest, California101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss This Wonderful Beach
    This is a lovely beach with great snorkeling. It's also fun to watch the crazies lining up to jump off the giant rock. The sand is soft and deep, maybe a little too soft. Snorkel to the left of the rock and you'll be in for a treat. A good variety and many schools of fish. The only negative about this beach is the parking. The parking lot is small and always seems to have a long line of cars waiting for a spot. There's limited parking on the street, which we were lucky enough to snag the last spot. If you can find parking, you're in for a treat.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • guavasorbet
    United States150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Postcard perfect beach on the North Shore
    Waimea Bay Beach is a must-stop while exploring the North Shore! We weren't able to spend too much time there but what a stunning beach with its tan sand and vigorous aqua waves that were more for admiring than playing in. Lifeguards were on-duty. There were restrooms and a shower station for rinsing off sand. The parking lot was slammed; we were luckily able to snag a space and upon leaving, a car immediately swooped in to take ours.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Christina R
    Düsseldorf, Germany2,423 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing spot on the North Shore !!
    Waimea Bay Beach is a very popular, wide and clean beach on the North Shore of Oahu. It is located at the mouth of the Waimea River into the Pacific Ocean and is particularly popular with surfers in the winter months due to the high waves. This beach offers the opportunity to watch turtles in the water or jump from the cliffs into the deep water. Toilets, showers and picnic tables as well as a lifeguard are also available. Unfortunately, parking options on the beach are very limited and it is advisable to arrive early or to find nearby parking spaces, although these involve a short walk. We drove the entire North Shore with our rental car, which is no problem on the well-developed Kamehameha Highway, so you can get from one well-known surf spot to the next. Don't miss Waimea Bay Beach when you take a trip to the North Shore!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • RockChalkEm
    Olathe, Kansas73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Beach
    Unparalleled beauty at Waimea Bay! Be prepared that you may have to park a mile away from the beach toward where Waimea Falls is located, but don't let that dissuade you. There are large rock formations around the area, and one of them is used for jumping into the bay. If there has been a lot of rain recently, the stream running from the falls into the bay will bring brown water into part of the swimming area. It's a small area, so you'll be able to get gorgeous pictures still.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2024
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Theresa
Los Angeles, CA49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia1,566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Waimea Bay Beach, Oahu Hawaii
Doesn’t get old, everyone has heard of Waimea Bay Beach for surfing and in music. But parking is difficult as it offers only a small car park. When full you may find a spot up the hill or in Waimea Bay Valley there are 2 or 3 properties that offer all day parking from $10-$20. If you park up the hill, you’ll need to walk down along the road to the beach car park. To get back up, if you are fit, there is a near vertical path up the cliff through the bush up to the higher roadside parking area. Otherwise there is a residential area nearby with parking on Lliohu Place, Waialua.
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Written July 8, 2022
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BadGrandpa
Minneapolis, MN81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Parking sucked. Circled the lot for a good while before getting a spot. Steep walk down to the water. Lifeguards get some action here I’m betting. We had been to waikiki Beach and Lanakai Beach already. This was nothing like those beaches. Huge waves smashing on shore here. I shoulda known better than to get in the water. But I did go in and get tossed around underwater. Current and waves so strong that I lost my footing and whilst underwater, I was swooshed toward the beach, on my butt. Pretty sure I got enough sand packed into my xyz to make a big glass (stained) lamp. Maybe a pair of them…..Then, still underwater, I was pulled back out till the next wave had its way with me too. I got out of the water feeling like I just went 2 rounds with Mike Tyson in his prime. Wife was entertained as anyone else who got to enjoy the beating I took.

+++luckily our hotel had a shower with a wand. Practically had to be a contortionist and aim that thing into crevices I know that it didn’t want to spray …..and the sand is still working it’s way out a day later. Enjoy!
Written October 13, 2022
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Lisa F
Mount Laurel, NJ227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MN434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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