Waimea Bay
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A popular surfing area located on the North Shore of Oahu.
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JoeKupe
Victor, NY579 contributions
Waimea Bay Beach Park is a fantastic North Shore Beach. We visited twice during our most recent visit to Hawaii and on one of the visits there was a swim race in the North Shore Race Series taking place. It was a 2.3 mile point to point race ending at Waimea Bay and our hats are off to those swimmers. It was so exciting seeing all the different finishers come across the finish line.
Like other beaches in Hawaii there are bathrooms at this beach, but they could use a good cleaning and a remodel! Parking can be tight in the smallish lot so please note there are two pull offs on the south side of the road, each can hold about ten cars, and if you can’t park there either about a half mile from the parking lot is a street named Iliohu Place and you can park there too (we did one of the two days and the walk was not too bad). There is good snorkeling at the south end of the beach near the reef and you can also swim to the reef and stand on it! Do note the beach can also be windy at time; make sure to secure your umbrellas!
Written 6 September 2022
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MFamily3
Denver, CO127 contributions
We had to park pretty far away, as the parking lot was full. The beach was also quite full. Calm surf. Not great for snorkeling, unfortunately, despite what we were told by a local. Bathrooms and outdoor showers on site, which was nice.
Written 15 August 2022
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thesheepsake
Greenville, SC76 contributions
Really amazing and breath taking! You have to travel to this beach! This should be on any beach lover's list.
Written 5 August 2022
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mfs
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Family
had a great time jumping from the rock. great experience until me returned to our stuff to find our clothes and phone missing.
when we approached the life guard to report we were told to check the trash bins. they usually take the money and dump the rest.
instead thanks to find my iphone we were able to track our stuff down. stressful ending to a fun day.
Written 5 August 2022
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Teacher20052013
DeLand, FL561 contributions
We swam out to a nearby catamaran that our friend was captaining at the time. Rather I should say that I was floated out on a floating mat and I loved the experience. The water is crystal clear and you can see down 20 feet or more to the bottom.
Written 27 July 2022
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA764 contributions
Couples
Unfortunately, we had very turbulent weather the day we came(July), as it was off and on rain and constant cloud cover. Parked in the Catholic church parking lot for $10, as the main lot was full and everyone was searching thru traffic for parking. There are bathrooms at the main lot though. Beach area is nice though. Lots of sand to lay out on. Weren't too many people on one side of the beach. Definitely a nice difference from the neverending crowd of people at Waikiki Beach. Waves weren't big because it was summer, but water gets deep fast. People were cliff jumping as well. Came in the early afternoon, and traffic getting in & out of the general area of North Shore was awful, so go in the morning. The famous food trucks were right up the street from beach. But great beach though
Written 11 July 2022
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia886 contributions
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Waimea Bay Beach, Oahu Hawaii
Doesn’t get old, everyone has heard of Waimea Bay Beach for surfing and in music. But parking is difficult as it offers only a small car park. When full you may find a spot up the hill or in Waimea Bay Valley there are 2 or 3 properties that offer all day parking from $10-$20. If you park up the hill, you’ll need to walk down along the road to the beach car park. To get back up, if you are fit, there is a near vertical path up the cliff through the bush up to the higher roadside parking area. Otherwise there is a residential area nearby with parking on Lliohu Place, Waialua.
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Written 8 July 2022
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Thata Portugal
Vancouver, Canada204 contributions
Couples
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Oahu. This is definitely a must see, specially if you are looking to be in a more reserved beach where you can appreciate nature without the business of tourists. Don’t get me wrong, there will be tourists, but it’s a completely different vibe than Waikiki. Parking is very limited, you have to arrive early, or you can pay $20 to park across the street in the Waimea valley.
Written 28 June 2022
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,174 contributions
Couples
First off, the parking lot is small, so don’t expect to get a space easily. However, if you desperately want to park within 100m of the beach you can pay $20 at The Valley across the road. Or you could walk a little and park for free further up the road in the Three Tables or Sharks Cove parking. It’s literally a 5-10 minute walk.

The beach is absolutely beautiful and on the east end, much quieter. There are steps down from the road so you don’t need to scramble over the rocks. There is a steep drop to the shore but you can stay on the level sand at the top. Toilets (not nice ones) are available near the lifeguard tower as well as showers.

The best thing about this bay is the snorkelling. It was on a par with Honolua Bay in Maui - highlights were parrotfish, Christmas wrasse and an abundance of butterflyfish. The water is really clear and there are some large rocks right by the shoreline where the fish can be seen if you don’t want to swim out. There are some strong waves but if you’re sensible you’ll be fine. The other highlight was watching a spinner dolphin pod swim round the paddle boarders and boats. We spent two days at this beach - simply gorgeous.
Written 15 June 2022
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Allison F
Huntington, WV113 contributions
Family
Beautiful beach! We also saw several sea turtles swimming (no pics, sadly). Perfect spot for families, kids, teens, etc
Written 6 June 2022
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