Beach Time at Waimea Bay
Start your group travel adventure in Hawaii with nothing but pure, simple sunshine and sand at Waimea Bay Beach Park. This bay, located right outside Haleiwa, is a popular beach park to spot dolphins and turtles, tackle big waves in the winter, and swim the calm sparkling surf in the summer. Waimea Bay was an influential surf spot during the dawn of big wave surfing in the 1950s, the winter months of November through February bring the biggest waves, as does the Westside Makaha Beach. You can find many popular surf competitions here, such as the Eddie Aikau annual surf competition, with a minimum 20-foot high wave requirement.
This spot is also great for snorkeling and introduction to snorkeling, with its shallow, still, and warm waters inviting locals and tourists alike to explore it daily. There are also great swimming, cliff jumping, and sunbathing opportunities here. Head over to North Shore Beach for wide stretches of sand to picnic, play volleyball, and sunbathe in. It is never recommended to cliff jump, but locals love the various bay rock outcroppings to impress (or scare) tourists while visiting the beach. Head over to the nearby Waimea Valley to continue the fun with a botanical garden and cultural attraction, including many interpretive kiosks and the famous Waimea Waterfalls. Right outside this park in Haleiwa, you can cool off with some popular shaved ice or frozen drinks!