Mellow Day at Waimea Bay
Hawaii › Waimea Bay
Added by Brian Heifferon
Escape the crowds of WaikikiCalm water and a beautiful beachCliff jumping
If you're looking to get away from the summer crowds of Waikiki, you should consider heading to the North Shore. Although the summer is considered the off-season on this side of the island, it simply means the North Shore transforms into a gentle, family friendly 7 mile stretch of pristine beach. There is no better place to head than Waimea Bay. It's centrally located, close to Foodland, and easy to access. Once on the beach, you'll be able to enjoy some fun lounging in the ocean, snorkeling, the occasional body surf, and cliff jumping. If you spend enough time underwater, you'll likely hear the sounds of migrating humpback whales - always a cool experience.
- Beach towel
- Goggles or snorkeling gear
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The world famous Waimea Bay!!
Waimea is worth the trip regardless of season! In the winter months you can expect ridiculous surf, so swimming is not likely an guarantee but spectating is just as fun! In the summer the bay turns into a lake... almost... it is calm and clear and perfect for snorkeling or hanging out! There is also the big rock to the left to jump off as well as rocks to the left along the beach for people to highball boulder. If you are a climber and confident in your bouldering skills then bring your shoes (or tough feet)!
This is a fun spot to hang out for the day if your'e on the north shore. You can dive off the rock on the south end of the beach or just chill with friends. Grab a bite at pupukea grill and bring it with you to the beach.
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Getting There: From Honolulu, head west on the H1 and follow signs for Waianae. Continue as the H1 turn into Farrington highway and drive along the coast.