Waimea Bay is the quintessential Hawaii– white sand beach, palm trees, crystal clear water, and more fun than you’d know what to do with.
Waimea Valley stretches far back behind the beach, and feeds the river leading to Waimea Bay. After a good rain the river mouth will connect with the ocean, which can leave the water a bit murky for a short period of time.
In the winter, giant waves break at Waimea and big wave surfing competitions will be held for professionals. If you find yourself on the the North Shore during the winter, it’s worth braving the crowds and traffic to see the spectacle of surfing Waimea Bay.
Every few years when the waves get extraordinarily big and the conditions are right, the Eddie Aikau surfing competition is held, but the surf has to really be gigantic. If you’re lucky enough to be on the North Shore during an ‘Eddie’, you better run to the beach!
During the summer, the waves at Waimea bay are generally flat, and the beach becomes a playground for people of all ages. The crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddling, and snorkeling. And if you like a bit of an adrenaline rush, there is a 30 foot rock that is popular amongst locals and visitors alike for cliff jumping.
If you decide to pay Waimea Bay a visit during your vacation, don’t forget your your GoPro, reef safe sunscreen, a towel, and your aloha spirit!