During the winter months, the world-renown Waimea Bay is the site of some of the world’s biggest waves.
Other times of the year this is a quiet, placid beach, great for swimming and snorkeling, particularly on the south side of the bay which is a great snorkeling area when the water is calm. A large rock on one side of the bay is a favorite place for local kids to jump from.
Swimming and snorkeling during calm summer days only.
Winter: Watching big-wave surfers. Surfing, bodysurfing when the waves are small.
Summer: Sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling when there are no waves.
The Waimea Bay shoreline is lined with spectators when the conditions are right during a big winter swell and the big wave riders are doing their thing. Waimea is known for being the one place that breaks well when the waves are so gigantic that all other surfing breaks are unrideable. This is one of Oahu’s most popular beaches during all times of the year.
Need to Know
This beach is dangerous during the winter months due to shore break and currents. Watch but don’t go near the water.
Restrooms, showers, picnic areas, phones, parking.
Located on Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 83) about 5 miles north of Haleiwa Town.