You’ve probably heard the name Waimea before. The name has become synonymous with the big cheese of the big wave surfing scenes. That’s because surfers consider Waimea to have some of the best waves of any beach in the world. If you’re going to make it as a pro surfer, you have to surf Waimea. But the beach isn’t just accessible to surfers.
How to Get to Waimea Beach
Waimea Beach is located five miles north of Hale’iwa on Highway 83. There is parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and showers at Waimea.
What to Do
With a name as famous as Waimea Beach Hawaii, you can imagine the beach is packed most of the year. During the winter, surfers flock here to get a piece of the big winter swells, which can reach up to 30 feet. During the summer, families pack the shore to enjoy the much calmer waters.
Though you’re not supposed to, a lot of people jump off of “Da Big Rock,” located just off shore on the left hand side, but use extreme caution. The rock is 30 feet up and accessible by climbing up its backside along the beach. The rocks can be slippery, so go slowly. You can also snorkel through tunnels underneath the rock.
What to Do Nearby
There is so much more to Waimea Beach Hawaii than just surfing. You can take a great one-mile hike through lush tropical forests to Waimea Falls. The falls feed Waimea River, which you can also ride all the way down to North Shore.
The falls are within Waimea Falls Park, which is under the stewardship of the nonprofit Waimea Valley Hi’ipaka. Today, the organization helps preserve the local landscape and educate locals and tourists about the nature and culture of Oahu through demonstrations, workshops, tours, works of art, and Hawaiian performances. Among other events, the nonprofit hosts a farmers’ market, luau, and keeps a botanical garden. If you get peckish, there is a cluster of food trucks just a short walk down the street.