It’s no secret that the North Shore of Oahu encompasses some of the state’s – if not the world’s – best beaches, and it may be difficult to decide which one to go to. A good place to start is Waimea Bay Beach. Famous for its twenty-foot-high rock, Waimea Bay Beach offers surf, sand, and sun perfect for a day trip to the beach.
Since it is on the North Shore, the waves are somewhat rough, compared to other beaches, such as Lanikai and Kahala. You’ll immediately understand why surfing competitions are held on this side of the island. However, this does not mean you have to be a hardcore surfer to enjoy Waimea, especially during the calmer months. For not-so-experienced swimmers, it can be fun simply wading close to the shore and feeling the waves push and pull you across.
Although somewhat short in length, the beach goes fairly far back and provides space for Frisbee or informal volleyball game. If you came to relax, lie on a beach towel and stare out into the unobstructed, endless crystal blue waters. Waimea is a beautiful spot to watch the sun set.
- Surfing (during winter season)
- Jumping into the ocean
- If you plan on jumping off the rock, try to fall with your legs extended downward and avoid landing on your bottom; otherwise, it will hurt.
- Come early to find parking in the small lot and a preferable spot on the beach.
- Before you come to Waimea, stop by Storto’s in Hale’iwa to pick up a sandwich and eat it on the beach. Don’t forget to throw away your rubbish! After you leave the beach, return to Hale’iwa to enjoy some shave ice at Matumoto’s or Aioki’s.
Directions from Waikiki:
- Head west on Ala Wai Blvd.
- Turn right onto McCully St.
- Sharp left onto Metcalf St.
- Take the ramp onto I-H-1 W.
- Slight right to stay on I-H-1 W (signs for Interstate H1 W/Airport/Hickam AFB/Pearl Harbor)
- Slight right onto I-H-2 N.
- Take exit 8 toward Wahiawa.
- Merge onto HI-99 N/Kamehameha Hwy.
- Continue onto HI-83 E/Joseph P. Leong Hwy.
- Parking lot will be on left.
Parking: Free. Small lot.
Dog friendly: Yes