Waimea Bay

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Waimea Bay featuring landscape views and surf

Enjoy the roar of crashing waves, soft sands stretching alongside the blue ocean and lush tropical Hawaiian interior, all in one location.

Perhaps the most famous spot on O’ahu’s north shore is Waimea Bay. Come see expert surfers take on the challenges of winter’s big waves. From November through February, waves reach 30 feet (9 meters), crashing abruptly to coral hidden just below the ocean’s surface.

This is not the spot for beginner surfers to try their luck. The rough surf, sharp coral and powerful undertow are very dangerous. There is no danger in watching, however, so bring a beach blanket and picnic lunch. Then pick your favorite surfers and live vicariously through their daring.

Enjoy soft sands on the long, broad beach. Even in winter, temperatures are very pleasant for beachgoers, in the 75 to 80°F (24 to 27°C) range, so plan for a lovely day in the sun. Walk along the shore, build sandcastles, play beach games or wade close to shore listening to the roar of the crashing waves.

During summer the ocean has a totally different appearance, with gentle swell and few waves. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming. You can even hook-and-line fish from the beach or explore rock formations off the shore.

In 1968, native surfer Eddie Aikau became the first lifeguard on the North Shore, credited with fearlessly saving many lives and attacking giant waves. In his honor, the Waimea area hosts the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, but only if winter waves are large enough. Check local conditions to determine if you’ll see this rare event during your visit.

Across Kamehameha Highway from the ocean, explore the lush Hawaiian greenery that has appeared in dozens of films. Visit Waimea Valley’s botanical collections with hibiscus, erythrina and other native and imported species. Walk the paved trail, which is just under a mile (1.2 kilometers) to reach a majestic waterfall. Bring your swimsuit to splash in the natural pool at its base. The gardens are open daily except holidays.

Waimea Bay Beach Park has restrooms, showers, picnic areas and lifeguards. The parking lot fills rapidly. The park is less than an hour’s drive from Honolulu. Buses stop near the main entrance to the beach and gardens.

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Waimea Bay Point Cottage  (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Bay Point Cottage (with Air Conditioning)
Haleiwa, HI
This family-friendly Haleiwa vacation home is located by the sea, just steps from Waimea Bay and Three Tables Beach. Sharks Cove and Waimea Valley are also within ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
PERFECT!!!!!
"This is the most amazing little cottage! It has absolutely everything you need AND the location can not be beat! Walking distance to fabulous beaches, grocery store, food trucks…everything! We had a family of 7 and it was perfect!! We are going to book this place every year when we come! I couldn’t ..."

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Waimea Bay Point Cottage (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Point Oceanfront House -  (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Haleiwa, HI
This family-friendly Haleiwa vacation home is located on the waterfront, just steps from Waimea Bay and Three Tables Beach. Sharks Cove and Waimea Valley are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (79 reviews)
North Shore Gem
"We had such a lovely 6 day stay at Andy and BJ’s little slice of heaven a stones throw from the water! We were lulled to sleep every night by the sound of the waves and awakened to the peaceful sound of the waves in the morning. The property is located next to the most popular beach breaks on the ..."

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Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
1.5 out of 5
59-788 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI
Situated in Haleiwa, this beach hostel is steps from Waimea Bay and Three Tables Beach. Waimea Valley and Sharks Cove are also within 10 minutes.
3.4/5 (105 reviews)
"The property was clean and acceptable for the price. Is very tired and needs so freshening up. great spot"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

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Waimea Bay Point Cottage  (with Air Conditioning)
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Haleiwa, HI
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Waimea Point Oceanfront House -  (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Haleiwa, HI
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
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Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
1.5 out of 5
59-788 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI
Backpackers Vacation Inn and Hostel
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Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
Haleiwa, HI
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
Pineapple Paradise- steps to best beaches! A1
Pineapple Paradise- steps to best beaches! A1
Haleiwa, HI
Pineapple Paradise- steps to best beaches! A1
Waimea Bay Luxury Estate Views & Hot tub
Waimea Bay Luxury Estate Views & Hot tub
Haleiwa, HI
Waimea Bay Luxury Estate Views & Hot tub
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North Shore Country Retreat
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North Shore Jungle Retreat
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Beautiful Ocean View Home Steps from the Most Desirable Beaches -
Beautiful Ocean View Home Steps from the Most Desirable Beaches -
Haleiwa, HI
Beautiful Ocean View Home Steps from the Most Desirable Beaches -
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