Waimea Bay is one of the most well-known beaches in the world.
Famously mentioned in the 1963 Beach Boys’ song ‘Surfin’ U.S.A’ the area was also a filming location for the television series Lost.
Located in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, the beach sits in the Hawaiian Islands at the mouth of the Waimea River. Waimea meaning ‘reddish water’ in Hawaiian.
The beach is perhaps best known for the 30+ foot waves it gets in the winter. Which makes it a top place to watch some of the world’s best, bravest and possibly craziest surfers!
During the summer, the water calms considerably. Thus, making Waimea Bay a fabulous destination for swimming, snorkeling and diving.
Diving in particular is a very popular activity during this time. Not least because the area contains a huge rock, scaling some 7 metres high (pictured above) which straddle the powdery white sand and crystal-clear aquamarine waters of the Pacific ocean.
If you are afraid of heights or are a poor swimmer this could be quite daunting. But the rush of a successful dive is meant to be amazing.
Other things to do at Waimea Bay
Aside from the surfing and rock jumping, Waimea Bay has a number of other great things to see and do.
One of the coolest of these is its underwater tunnel. Situated about two-thirds of the way out into the water, almost exactly at the spot where most people jump off the rock, lies a little cave less than a metre underwater.
About the same size and length of a large sofa, it will take you around 5 seconds to go through it and will give you a unique and rather ethereal experience of ocean life. Fish swim around you as you make your way through towards the light on the other side.
As a whole the snorkeling at Waimea Bay is sensational. Affording opportunities to see huge rocks that stand the size of houses, the colours and variety of the fish and ocean life you will see is mesmerizing. But undoubtedly the main highlight you will most likely see are the gorgeous Hawaiian Sea Turtles that float around. These creatures are amazing and the sight of them swimming around you is sure to give you goosebumps.
Something a little more unique in Waimea Bay is a huge natural rock-climbing wall. Located towards the back of the beach this 20-foot rock wall is usually full of people trying to traverse it. Which makes for interesting viewing if you don’t plan to climb it yourself.
Talking of views Waimea Bay Beach offers plenty. Not least of the gorgeous backdrop of the valley which stretches out from beyond the rock wall. Looking back from the ocean to a stunning wall of mountains is sure to be a sight you will revel in.
Other incredible views you will get at Waimea Bay are of the sunsetting. The colours are amazing and as well as providing some fabulous photo opportunities also facilitate a level of serenity to your early evening.
Waimea Bay Accommodations
There is a wide range of hotel and accommodation providers catering to all budgets and tastes in and around the Waimea Bay Beach area.
It is important to note that prices and availability vary markedly depending on the time of the year. So you should always bear that in mind when attempting to book a hotel.
But if you are in mind to do this then please check out some of the best available rates currently available in Waimea Bay.