Waimea Bay

Surf Spot, Park, and Lake
North Shore, Hale‘iwa
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  • Ranked #3 for surf spots in Hale‘iwa
  • Pearl S.
    "Jump off da rock, boogie board, swim or just sleep and get a tan."(15 Tips)
    Karina L.
    "The waster was cool, no waves and really nice :)"(13 Tips)
    Zak S.
    "Climb to the top of the rock for some cliff jumping fun!"(4 Tips)
    djnessnyc
    "Climbing up the rock is no joke... BUT once you're up there..."(5 Tips)
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  • ESPN
    ESPNOctober 1, 2013
    Legendary surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau patrolled the waters at Waimea Bay starting in 1968. Not a single life was lost while he was on duty, sometimes braving waves over 30 feet tall.
  • Ranu R.
    One of the prettiest beaches I have ever been to. Crystal clear water and no waves in the summer. Jump off the rock cliff on the left or just spend the day wading in the water. Rock climbing too!
  • Deanna P.
    Deanna PelusoSeptember 10, 2014
    A busy beach, yet so worth it. Careful pulling into the parking lot, it can be a sharp turn. Get here early to find parking and a great beach spot. Family friendly and life guards are stationed here.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiFebruary 19, 2015
    Famous for big waves in the right conditions, it's also a great family spot. If you're brave enough, climb the big rock (left side) and jump off into the warm north shore water.
  • Shannon F.
    Shannon FuchsNovember 9, 2015
    It's hard to find a good place to swim without the high waves in Oahu, but this bay is really nice. Get here by 10 for a parking spot and brave the surf to have a great day here.
  • Carmen
    CarmenMarch 8, 2015
    A lot of people in the water, and then some jumping off the rock. Wide beach with coarse sand, very good amenities and parking
  • Paul G.
    Paul GNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is simply AWESOME!!! Nothing to fear... land on your feet and you'll be just fine. The bottom is very soft sand, no rocks. You haven't lived til you've done this!!!
  • Inna B.
    Inna BlairAugust 16, 2012
    I see cats, chickens, and a person that probably lives in the bushes near the cats and chickens. Never expected to find this combination (at a beach park)...
  • Tara C.
    Tara CoomansJune 26, 2012
    Great swimming in the summer, surfing in the winter. Big beach. Lots of room..and the famous jumping rock - you gotta do it!
  • ginny h.
    ginny hJune 6
    The beach itself is lovely but its filled with a bunch of college girls and bros, all yearning for attention.
  • Karina L.
    Karina LopesSeptember 27, 2015
    I loved to swim here in the summer. The waster was cool, no waves and really nice :)
  • Ella B.
    Ella B.January 5, 2012
    Beautiful sandy beach. The swimming is usually good although there is a steep drop off making bodysurfing a little painful (but still doable)
  • Antonio S.
    Antonio SilveiraAugust 24, 2014
    Beautiful beach, very hard to find parking. Also great for little kids
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BaezJuly 28, 2013
    Drive up and park at the St Peter & Paul Church for $5 if you can't find parking... which is usually the case.
  • Tara T.
    Tara ThelenMarch 17, 2015
    It's a very nice beach, but the waves are huge. Maybe not the best place for kids to swim. The lifeguard even announced it over a loud speaker.
  • Christoffer E.
    Christoffer EngströmAugust 26, 2014
    Perfect for a beach day! Shore breaks, cliff jumping and climbing. All located in a scenic bay with beautiful view.
  • Melannie A.
    Melannie AquinoOctober 25, 2012
    Parking in the lot can be difficult. I usually park on the highway. My favorite beach on the island.
  • Andy Beth M.
    Andy Beth MillerFebruary 11, 2010
    Go to Waimea Bay and swim in the sea. *Summer time is the best as the water is smooth and glass-like* Jump off the Waimea rock for a rush of adrenaline that is sure to keep you coming back~
  • Miroki T.
    Miroki TongJuly 8, 2013
    If you don't mind walking, park just off the main road on the street instead of fighting for parking in the tiny lot
  • OahuAJ
    OahuAJJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The swimming is awesome when it's flat... Go out to the rocks past the jump off rock and swim across the bay.. Amazing views
  • Pearl S.
    Pearl ShortOctober 28, 2011
    Jump off da rock, boogie board, swim or just sleep and get a tan. Clean facilities, showers, fun to watch the shark bait!
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)June 19, 2012
    One of the most beautiful places on the island. Rainbow here above the mountains..
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KatoMay 30, 2010
    definitely a fan of waimeas. been going here for a while - ever since i was a kid. jumping off the rock is one of my favorite things to do.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BondocAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    jump off the boulder, but be careful because the climb up is probably more dangerous than the actual jump.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SAugust 2, 2012
    If you go on the right day, you might see Rusty the dog jump with you!
  • angel m.
    angel melsJune 9, 2010
    Nice bay to relaxed. During big waves season, the beach might be closed, but we can still watch those surfers out there while sunbathing :)
  • rebecca b.
    rebecca bartonJuly 13, 2010
    Park up the street at the church, bring a 24 pack of beer get drunk then jump off the huge rock into the ocean.... def way fun
  • Phillip O.
    Phillip OzakiMay 10, 2011
    If you're thinking abt jumping and a little scared, the problem is you're thinking about it. JUST DO IT!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BelnapAugust 9, 2011
    Only place on the North Shore where a biginner like myself can act like they know how to swim. Read more
  • DLS
    DLSOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite Beach when the waves are up or down. But love to jump the rocks when the tide is right.
  • Tash W.
    Tash WongDecember 31, 2012
    Park at Waimea Valley if you're coming to watch the waves. $5 saves you some parking stress.
  • Joan E.
    Joan ElianNovember 21, 2012
    Visit the Falls!! Such a tranquil place...Darren the guard is the sweetest ever...:)
  • Marco Z.
    Marco ZetaJune 6, 2013
    Beautiful place :))) there is a rock for dive :))) and u can swim with turtles :)))
  • Make a Splash
    Make a SplashJuly 25, 2012
    Beautiful beach. Sadly have been hit on by too many bros and losers. Not nearly as peaceful as other beaches.
  • Candace K.
    Candace KahueMay 17, 2011
    Sometimes stuff gets stolen near the rock so make sure you're with a group
  • erica
    ericaAugust 4, 2013
    Dolphins! But be respectful, just let them be.
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtOctober 6, 2011
    Tell the fishermen to get bent, I'm trying to swim here without catching a fish hook in the belly
  • Kevin S O.
    Kevin S OshiroJanuary 20
    Surfing, sunbathing, parties & swimming.
  • Rob
    RobAugust 8
    Been here 10+ times
    Cliff jumping is a must. Try not to break anything.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BadeAugust 30, 2012
    Snorkeling to the far right of beach amazing fish to see
  • Will F.
    Will FisherJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite beach on the entire island. Jump off the rock!
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)February 6, 2013
    My Auntie Maile used to jump off this to get the coral near the bottom. Used to be legal back then, =)
  • Delia E.
    Delia EspinosaMay 3, 2012
    Really nice beach, nicest I've seen in Hawaii yet.
  • Noelle R.
    Noelle RellesAugust 17, 2010
    Park at the church on the mauka side of the road north of the beach, worth the $5
  • Antonello L.
    The park on the mountainside is wonderful too
  • Zak S.
    Zak SuharMay 19, 2013
    Climb to the top of the rock for some cliff jumping fun!
  • Kaalah M.
    Kaalah Manongdo🎀June 26, 2012
    Beautiful, not much parking though we had to walk really far
  • djnessnyc
    djnessnycJune 23, 2011
    Climbing up the rock is no joke... BUT once you're up there... That Jump is Glorious!!!!
  • Viveca S.
    Viveca ScottApril 6, 2014
    Get there real early. Traffic is bad along with parking
  • Sasha C.
    The fish tacos at Luibueno's are THE BOMB!!
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