Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Waimea Bay Beach Park has a verity of things to do during Oahu’s summer and winter months. During the summer, it’s a place to go for family fun and great for kids. During the Winter is known for it’s famous big wave surf competitions. See more information below.
Summer Time (May – October):
Waimea Bay Beach Park is commonly known for its huge waves during the winter time. But many visitors don’t know that during Hawaii’s summer months Waimea bay beach is calm like a lake. It’s great for all ages during the summer time, offering clear waters for snorkeling and swimming. It’s not rare to see dolphins swimming in the bay and you’re almost guaranteed to see turtles while snorkeling the outer reefs.
If you’re looking to watch huge waves roll in, then during the winter months (November – April) you may get lucky if there is a huge swell.
Make sure to follow all safety regulations anytime of the year, and check with the lifeguards on duty if it’s safe to go in. Even when the waves are small, the shore break and rip currents can be extremely dangerous.
Winter Time (November – April):
During the winter, Waimea Bay Beach is known for its huge waves that can reach over 50ft. The world-famous Eddie Aikau big wave competition ceremony starts on December 1st and the waiting period runs until February 28th, where the top surfers from all over the world come to compete.
The big wave surf competition is only held if the waves are 40-50ft and good conditions. Thousands of people gather on the beach to watch these daredevil surfers paddle out it. The competition is rare to see because the conditions are only right every few years.
If you’re in Hawaii during the waiting period, make sure to check if the Eddie Aikau is a go. I’ve been twice and it was amazing. The surfers look like ants compared to the huge waves.
Where To Park:
There is a parking lot at Waimea Beach Park that gets full quite often. There is also limited parking on the street, but you might get lucky with a spot. You can also drive around the corner to find a church that offers paid parking.
If all these places are full you can drive further up the street and park at Three Tables Beach which is free and walk down to Waimea Bay Beach Park.
What’s Near By:
Waimea Bay Beach Park is connected to Waimea Valley and the stream from the beach runs up to an amazing waterfall and tourist attraction. A great spot for tourist to see an amazing waterfall and learn about Hawaiian Culture.
It’s also right down the street from Sharks Cove, my personal favorite spot for snorkeling during the summer.