Waimea Bay is a beach world famous for its big wave surfing. During the winter months the waves can top out over 30 feet tall. It’s the home of The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational surf competition, known as “The Eddie”, which only runs in years when the waves are big enough. It’s only run 9 times since 1984. Even outside of the competition, during the winter it’s a great place to post up on the beach and watch the big wave surfers courageous enough to brave the monstrous waves.
While the waves may be dangerous in the winter months, in the summer they’re calm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving and all kinds of water activities. Make no mistake though, this beach is no hidden gem, expect big crowds yearlong, especially on the weekends and holidays. There’s also a big cliff-jumping rock right in the middle of the beach.
When you’re done with the beach you’ll can visit the nearby Waimea Valley and Falls Trail for an easy hike with a waterfall and natural swimming pool at the end.
The park has its own parking lot where you can park. If the parking lot’s full you can try street parking on Waimea Valley Rd across the street.