Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay featuring landscape views and surf
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Waimea Bay

The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
Haleiwa, HI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Haleiwa. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Best location on O’ahu!
"The cottage was perfect for our family of 5! The grounds are so peaceful and lush. The ability to walk a few feet to my favorite snorkeling spot on the island was just incredible. We rode bikes to Ted’s bakery. In the morning we walked to the coffee shop at Food land. It was just absolutely perfect ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
Waimea Point Oceanfront House -  (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Haleiwa, HI
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Haleiwa. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (91 reviews)
Great house, great location.
"My family thoroughly enjoyed staying here for a week. The house is charming and clean with amazing views of the ocean, especially at sunset. The beds are comfortable (I’m very picky and we all slept well). It’s quiet and so close to the beach. Waimea Bay is also a short walk from the house and we ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
haleiwa, HI
Stay at this vacation home in Haleiwa. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Turtle Bay Beach and Three Tables Beach are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Great beach bungalow
"This is a great beach bungalow, it’s right across the street from Three Table beach in Pupukea. It’s a short drive to Hale’iwa and Matsumoto for Shaved ice. Traffic does get hectic but a traffic light is close to help cross the street. Waimea beach is only 10 minutes to walk and enjoy the ocean."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Waimea Bay

The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
Haleiwa, HI
The Bungalow at Waimea Bay Point
Waimea Point Oceanfront House -  (with Air Conditioning)
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Haleiwa, HI
Waimea Point Oceanfront House - (with Air Conditioning)
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
haleiwa, HI
Brand new 2 BR, steps to the beach! A2
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 -
Vintage Hideway Pupukea Apartment
Vintage Hideway Pupukea Apartment
Pupukea, HI
Vintage Hideway Pupukea Apartment
Beautiful Private Home Right There at Sharks Cove.
Beautiful Private Home Right There at Sharks Cove.
Haleiwa, HI
Beautiful Private Home Right There at Sharks Cove.
Insane Hawai’i Country Retreat!!!
Insane Hawai’i Country Retreat!!!
Haleiwa, HI
Insane Hawai’i Country Retreat!!!
Oceanfront Home on White Sand Beach (legal licensed short stay)
Oceanfront Home on White Sand Beach (legal licensed short stay)
Haleiwa, HI
Oceanfront Home on White Sand Beach (legal licensed short stay)
Beachfront Cottage at Log Cabins
Beachfront Cottage at Log Cabins
Haleiwa, HI
Beachfront Cottage at Log Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.