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Waimea Bay, Haleiwa

#2 of 16 in Parks in Haleiwa
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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.
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  • 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.

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