Waimea Bay (Beach Park)

Suitable for:
Everyone, Active vacationer*in, Families
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Allow time:
2.5 Hours
Optimal arrival time:
10:00 Clock
Suitable for:
Everyone, Active vacationer*in, Families
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Allow time:
2.5 Hours
Optimal arrival time:
10:00 Clock

Details of the beach

Ausstattung am Waimea Bay (Beach Park)
(Available: Showers, Toilets, Picnic tables, Lifeguard)
The beach is popular for:
(Known for: Sunset, Swimming, Snorkeling, Surfing)
Beach material
Sand fine
Sand color
47000 sqm
Entry into the sea
Sight in the sea
Very clear

Current weather and surf conditions

Stand from: 4. July 2022, 02:43:46
82° Fahrenheit
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: from the Northeast at 16.1 gusting to 24.2 MPH (14 gusting to 21 KT)
Surf Conditions
0-2 feet
Nearshore: low
Offshore: low

Waimea Bay (Beach Park) - description

Surfer's paradise and popular bathing beach - the multifaceted beach of Waimea Bay

Surfing spot or ideal bathing bay? Waimea Bay captivates its guests with many facets, which depend on the season. In winter, the bay is legendary and known worldwide for surfing competitions. In summer, on the other hand, the monstrous water masses of the bay turn into gentle waves and the perfect bathing paradise is created.

Famous and known worldwide is the breathtaking Waimea Bay and the adjacent Waimea Bay Beach Park on the north coast of Oahu. The beautiful long sandy beach is located at the mouth of the Waimea Valley and stretches about 300 meters across the entire bay. Already since 1950 the bay is the perfect surf spot in Hawaii during the winter months, contests are organized and numerous enthusiastic surfers are attracted. In addition to the many surf competitions, when the swell is particularly strong, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau held. Eddie Aikau was a former Waimea Bay beachcomber and a gifted surfer himself. He plunged into monstrous waves and surfed them. The special thing, this competition takes place only if the waves are worthy of Eddie. That is, from a head height of nine meters. The winter waves of Waimea Bay rarely reach this enormous height and the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition took place only eight times in the last 25 years.

Besides the ideal surfing conditions, the Waimea Bay beach is a popular beach among locals as well as vacationers to lazily lay in the sun and throw everyday worries overboard. Especially during the summer months when the waves are calm, the beach is popular for relaxing, picnicking or beach activities. Vacationers can lie lazily in the sun for hours and refresh themselves in the cool waves in between. Even though the sea is much safer in summer, visitors should take care when swimming. Since there is no offshore reef or rocks here, the sand in the sea drops deep after a few meters and quickly you are up to your neck in water.

Locals love risk and like to meet at the cliff of Waimea Bay for cliff jumping. Even when the sea is calm in the summer months, jumping off the cliff is extremely dangerous. Likewise, there is a -No jumping- warning sign on the cliff, which vacationers should definitely heed.

Good to know

Facilities for visitors:

Waimea Bay Beach Park is popular among vacationers for its many facilities. Washrooms and toilets are provided. It is also possible to spread out snacks as well as delicacies that you have brought with you and eat them at picnic tables provided. For the safety of the surfers and also all other visitors, there is a supervisor as well as lifeguards on the beach every day from 9 am in the morning to 5:30 pm in the evening. Anyone who is unsure or has questions about the current conditions for swimming can contact the supervisor at any time. Flags are posted daily to show visitors the severity of the swell and current.

Directions and parking:

The beach is located a few kilometers north of Hale'iwa at the Highway 83. Depending on the direction from which you arrive, you have to follow the Highway 83 north or south. Parking is provided right next to the beach and is free of charge. The disadvantage is that there is only a limited number available and it is not uncommon to have to wait. Alternatively, you can drive back to the main road and turn right along the road to get a roadside parking space. Parking in prohibited areas is discouraged, every day these areas are checked by officials and quickly incur unnecessary costs for vacationers. If you want to be on the safe side, you can also park on the other side of the bridge in the Wailua Falls parking lot.

What we say

It's worth getting there early to get one of the free parking spaces. In summer the sea is quite calm and the waves moderate, in winter the beach turns into a surfing paradise.
Our checklist & tips:
  • With a little patience, a parking space is always available
  • A little further north at Sharks Cove, the selection of delicacies from a wide variety of food trucks is large
  • WC's, showers & picnic tables available
  • If you like bouldering, you can work out on a rock in the south of the beach

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Longitude: -158.063808676600
Latitude: 21.640026305500

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