A Day at Waimea Bay

by: Evan Fa

Waimea Bay, just a fifteen minute car ride north on Kamehameha Hwy from Turtle Bay Rentals on the Turtle Bay Resort, is one of the most pristine beaches and landscapes in the entire island chain. Located on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, Waimea Bay offers any vacationer the chance to sink his or her toes into the beautiful coarse sand, swim and surf in the ocean, and soak in the sun. Not to mention, there is a short hike up Waimea Valley within minutes reach.

The Big Sandy Beach

Waimea Bay has a beautifully large stretch of sandy beach. Thus making it a prime spot to stretch out the towel and read a book or bring the entire family to build sand castles and play a round of beach football. Whatever the occasion, rest assured that it will be worth spending the day here.

Swim and Surf

While Waimea Bay is renowned for its large surf, both outside as well as near shore, the waves depend on the time of year. During the fall and winter months (primarily October to April), the waves can be larger and thus make it dangerous for those not familiar with the ocean to enter the water and swim around. So take the necessary precautions by speaking with a lifeguard before entering. On the other hand, for those familiar with the ocean, Waimea Bay is a surfer’s playground. All this being said, mid-spring through summer (primarily May to September) are months without sizable surf. Thus making Waimea Bay a great place to snorkel, swim, kayak, and Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP).

Waimea Jump Rock

One of the great attractions at Waimea Bay is the jump rock on the westerly end (towards the town of Hale’iwa) of the bay. With different levels from where one can jump from the rock, ranging from twenty to thirty plus feet, the jump rock offers a somewhat safe place to meet that thrill seeking fix. Of course, take the necessary precautions and avoid the jump rock when there are waves within the bay.

Soak in that Sun

Considering the leeward direction Oahu’s North Shore faces, Waimea Bay is prone to more sun than, per se, the windward side of the island … even Turtle Bay itself. Depending on where one is visiting from, soaking in some well deserved sun rays may in fact be one of the principle reasons for vacationing in Hawaii. While no one can make any promises about the weather, Waimea Bay is a worthy gamble if one is itching to apply a darker shade to his or her skin.

Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley is a large slice of the true beauty of Hawaii and peak into its rich culture. The hike into Waimea Valley is a must for anyone looking to admire some beautiful greenery, plants, and landscapes. The short hike leads to the water fall with areas where swimmers can enter with lifeguards on duty. There is an entry fee to enter the park. Shuttles are also provided for an additional cost. All things considered, a must for any visitor.

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