When someone hears the name "Waimea", chances are that images of 20-foot waves and daredevil surf monsters come to ... More
Waimea Bay Beach Park
When someone hears the name "Waimea", chances are that images of 20-foot waves and daredevil surf monsters come to mind. That stereotype is correct. This beach is ranked among the top ten big-wave surf spots in the world, and when the waves are high, hardcore surfers come from the far corners of the globe to test their mettle. Novices are discouraged from swimming in the wintertime, which is the big-wave season at this beach. During the summer it is usually safe to take a dip, but make sure to consult the lifeguard first.
Excitement & rush is here...just a jump away. If you don't want to jump, swimming in the clean blue water is satisfaction enough! If you're on the islands, you might as well see the natural beauties of the island. Therefore, don't go to where everybody else goes. If you go to Waikiki Beach, and go to Waimean Bay, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Skip Waikiki and go to Waimea. The beach is huge and there is no reef, just sand, so if you are playing in the ocean you won't get cut up. Much of the year the water is very calm, almost like a lake in fact, but if you go in the winter the waves can be huge. They will have some of the most amazing surfing there you will ever experience or see if it is too big for you.
Waimea is a great beach & I have been many times, but the most frustrating thing is the lack of parking. You often have to park on the road and walk down to the beach which is not only a lengthy walk but dangerous because of the traffic.
A favorite of college students and off duty military and locals, Waimea is in my opinion the BEST beach on the island. I lived an easy 25 minute hitch away and could always count on Waimea to offer something different every time I came. A great beach for football or laying out, the water is a constant adventure. From spotting Humpback whales and dolphins at dawn, to epic snorkeling with honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) out past the Rock. From a rock perfect for the most amateur of aspiring cliff diver to a shore-break that'll rip the suit off a tourist. Waimea is the highlight of any North Shore day. Finish the day off with a quick 10 minute drive into Haleiwa to wash the salt out of your mouth with some shave ice at Matsumotos or a meal at any one of the great little restaurants there.
But that shore-break is no joke in the Winter. Keep an ear out for the lifeguards updates over the loudspeaker; when the surf is up, stay out! Experienced, and I mean EXPERIENCED ocean swimmers only! At Waimea there can be deadly rip currents at anytime of the year so never forget the number one rule of the islands: "Never turn your back on the ocean"
The scenery is absolutely amazing! It's a great spot for surfing (when the waves are huge!) and also when it's clam it's a nice place to relax. The trade winds blow nicely throughout the whole of the beach. If you like some shade, there are cliffs under which you can chill. However, during the tourist season (summer/spring break) the beach is packed! Ususally, parking for the beach is impossible for locals like me to accomplish, but the bus is your best bet. There are benches and trees for picnics and the bathrooms are pretty decent. I'm pretty sure this is one of the best beaches on the north side of Oahu. If you like high energy and adrenaline rushes, there is a famous rock just a few feet away from the shore where you can jump from a hight of 20 feet! Many find this the highlight of their visit to Waimea Beach. Some, like me, just find excitement watching. : ) I'm afraid of heights. Well, if you ever find yourself there, you really should try jumping off that rock. I haven't heard of any accidents, so EVERYONE must be landing safely into the water. It looks like fun, and if I wasn't so afraid, I'd try it. : )
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