Featuring large waves and surfing competitions, Waimea Bay hugs a powdery beach bordered by tropical greenery. Depending on the weather, the ocean can be completely calm, or you can encounter 15 m (50 ft) waves. Visit the beach to lounge in the sun or have a picnic, or walk through the nearby gardens and look at the waterfalls. When the water is calm, you can also swim and snorkel. Beware of the local tradition of rock-jumping--although many visitors do it, the local authorities strictly advise against it. Parking space at the site is very limited. Plan to visit Waimea Bay during your Haleiwa vacation using our convenient Haleiwa itinerary planner.
Tours to Waimea Bay
$630 BOOK WITH VIATOR 6-Hour Private Customized Luxury Convertible Tour of Oahu's North Shore
Duration: 6 hours
$233 BOOK WITH VIATOR Oʻahu: North Shore Adventure Helicopter Tour from Turtle Bay
Duration: 20 minutes
Waimea Bay reviews
Parking is challenging. A long walk in the sand to dive. Shallow dive and silty rocks, but plenty to see. more »
Very beautiful bay with a nice rock cliff jump. Not that high of a jump into the crystal clear water. The walk back up to the jump isn't hard either and doesn't require water shoes more »
Best day of our trip! Great place to spend some time! Great snorkeling and views and area food is fantastic! So much fun! more »
One of my favorite beach destinations. Big sand beach. Picturesque with the most beautiful wave action. Family friendly waters on a calm day and 30'-40' waves on stormy days for just wave and extreme surfer watching. Facilities and shower on site.
One of the best beaches on Oahu. Great place to surf or watch surfers. It also is a great beach to bring the kiddos to play in the waves. They have a lifeguard on duty and bathrooms. Not a lot of parking but you can park up the road if there is nothing in the lot.
Marvelous place to watch waves crash against rocks and rush onto the sand, especially when large. Modest size parking lot with cold showers and bathroom favorites. Surfers come out from sunrise. Great place to visit for families of all ages. When predicted waves are large as 20 feet or more, expect large spectator crowds, police patrols on parking and long lines of traffic.
Breaks are getting up there! Should be epic today. Such a small parking lot for such an expanse of beach. Better to park at the grocery and walk the narrow but well worn path along the highway to the little stairwell. Pay attention to the lifeguards they know more than you do.
Parking sucks and it takes a bit to find a spot. The beach its self is amazing. Active water and sand underneath the water, don't have to worry about rocks or coral. Walk around and enjoy the water it's lovely. And it's got a cool rock you can jump off of.
Plan your trip to Haleiwa
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Haleiwa
See all ›
Hidden gems in Haleiwa
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Haleiwa
53 days in United States BY A USER FROM ISRAEL San Francisco Yosemite National Park Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park 6 days in Honolulu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lanikai Beach Makapu'u Point Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve 25 days in Sydney, Honolulu & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Sydney Honolulu Los Angeles 35 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA New York City Washington DC Orlando 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA San Francisco Yosemite National Park Los Angeles 8 days in Oahu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Honolulu 39 days in United States BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Lahaina Honolulu Los Angeles 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM GRENADA New York City Yellowstone National Park Grand Canyon National Park 15 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Honolulu Kailua-Kona Hilo 59 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Philadelphia Covington Denver 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Key West Orlando 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Washington DC Key West
Are you the owner of this business?