A visit to Waimea Bay in the North Shore of Oahu
Waimea Bay is one of the most spectacular beaches along the North Shore of Oahu that everyone loves to visit and have a fun beach day. Considered part of the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District, Waimea Bay is a fantastic place for adventure and recreation from surfing, snorkeling, swimming to even jumping off the huge rock that is a dominant feature of the beach area.
Weather and conditions at Waimea Bay
During the late spring to summer season, the bay is very calm with relatively few waves or strong currents around the bay. It is a good time for families to enjoy this beach and other outdoor activities. Later towards the winter season, huge swells and currents turn the North Shore coastline including Waimea Bay into larger waves and currents that makes it very dangerous and only experienced surfers head to this area for advance surfing and even big competitions that happen at Waimea Bay and other popular surfing venues in the area.
Most day time temperatures around Waimea range in the mid to high 80s and cools down towards sunset to the 70s at night.
Swimming in Waimea Bay
During the summer season swimming and other water sports are popular and easy in the bay when the waters are very calm with little waves. This is a great beach for family fun, picnicking and spending a nice day at the beach. The bay is shallow for a short distance but then gets deeper up to 30 feet average in depth.
Winter conditions are dangerous and swimming on the bay is not advised unless you are looking more into surfing and advanced in surfing and swimming conditions in the area. During winter time huge swells and waves up to 30 feet draw views and surfers to this scene which is completely different than summer conditions.
How to get to Waimea Bay
From Honolulu you can go either directions through the west side or eastern side of the island. But most travel Hwy 1 into Hw1 to and then Hwy 99 into Haleiwa town which eventually becomes Hwy 83. From their, continue on Hwy 83 along the coastal road directly to Waimea Bay and turn left into the parking lot.
The trip takes under an hour to get to Waimea Bay unless you make some additional stops along the way.
Amenities at the beach
The amenities at the beach park is good with a variety of services you would expect from this popular beach to visit. This includes:
Grassy areas and picnic tables
Restroom and showering areas
Concessions stands and truck food vendors are located just across the road
Outdoor recreation and fun on Waimea Bay
There’s a lot of fun outdoor you can do in Waimea Bay to include diving, swimming, snorkeling, beach combing to jumping off The Rocks.
The snorkeling activity around Waimea Bay is calm and easy during the summer months when the water is relatively calm and save. The bay has some rocky areas on both sides of the bay that are perfect for snorkeling activity to find some marine life, sea turtles and tropical fish in the bay.
Surfing during the summer season is normally very quiet and calm so there is relatively no surfing. But, during the winter time, the surf in Waimea Bay is huge and reaching up to 30 feet high swells. It is fun to watch, but definitely left to more advanced and local surfers from the area.
Underwater caves and tunnels
Right by the rock are a variety of underwater tunnels that you can swim through many are fun to explore and one even right at the front area of the rocks that is shallow to check out. Along the other rocky areas are shallow caves that you can swim to and check out.
Fishing is a popular activity on the bay with no restrictions on fishing in the open water. You’ll find most weekends are busy with hobby fishermen along the entire stretch of beach. So be careful of not crossing any of the lines that are tossed out closer to the beach areas.
Jumping off The Rock
Jutting out towards the left side of the beach is an immense rock to goes out a short distance into the bay. It is a popular jumping point for visitors and locals alike with varying heights to jump from and into the sandy bottom.
Explore the Botanical garden and waterfall next door
On the other side of Waimea Bay is the Waimea Botanical garden and waterfall which is fun to explore and hike to the waterfall that you are allowed to swim in. The non profit organization that runs the area offers tours, educational immersion experiences, a luau and visit to the waterfall. Check out the group’s website here for more information and price to enter.
Watch a beautiful sunset
Sunsets are quite magical on the North Shore of Oahu and Waimea Bay is a great spot to hang out later and catch the last rays of light setting down the coastline and into the horizon. It’s a fantastic and free show to experience here on the bay, end the day.
Accommodations in the North Shore
If your considering staying at the North shore, check these accommodation reviews around the North Shore here for more details and current prices.
Check out these other places to visit on Oahu
Visit the Maku’u Point and lighthouse in Honolulu
Hike to Koko Head Crater
Enjoy some beach time at Ala Moana beach in Honolulu
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