Located in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore, Waimea Bay is one of the best-known surfing spots in Hawaii and played a big part in developing big wave surfing culture. Before the invention of tow-in surfing, Waimea was the most prestigious big wave surf in the world. Other popular surf destinations in the North Shore include Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach in Pupukea. North Shore surf tours are available with IMI Tours.
If you’re headed on vacation to Waimea Bay, there’s plenty to do. From surfing to waterfalls to watching sea turtles, there’s something for everyone on the North Shore of Oahu.
Formerly known as the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, but best known as simply “The Eddie,” it is the premier big wave surfing tournament. Often considered the Super Bowl of surfing, the invitational is named in honor of Eddie Aikau, champion big wave surfer, Waimea Bay lifeguard, and cultural legend. The tournament is unique as it requires that open-ocean swells reach a minimum height of 20 feet before the competition can be held.
Farmers markets are the best place to sample the flavors of the North Shore. There’s a Thursday Farmers Market in Haleiwa and a Saturday Farmers Market in Waialua. This is the best way to try all the great foods Hawaii has to offer without breaking your bank at a trendy restaurant. North Shore Farmers Markets offer a casual shopping experience, locally grown produce and fruit, and North Shore specialty dishes.
Besides big wave surging, Waimea Bay is also known for the huge rock sitting on the shoreline. Known locally as the “Da Big Rock”, it’s the perfect spot for thrill seekers to cliff jump into the crystal clear water below. It’s a 30 feet climb up, so take a deep breath, build up your confidence, and take the leap. Everyone has a different technique, but most people take a running start.
Waimea Beach Park is a favorite area to sit and watch surfers. The park also has a memorial to big wave rider, Eddie Aikau. Eddie was the 1st lifeguard for the entire North Shore, and saved over 500 people throughout his career. Watch the surfers or sit back to this prime spot to view a spectacular sunset.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is Oahu’s top paid attraction. It is located just minutes away from Turtle Bay and is a Polynesian-themed theme park and living museum on 42 acres. It’s also home to Hawaii’s most authentic luau! Enjoy roasted pig and a spectacular night show with a cast of hundreds.
If you’re headed to Hawaii’s North Shore, the best way to get to Waimea Bay is with SpeediShuttle. Transportation with SpeediShuttle is a great option for anyone headed to hotels or accommodations in the North Shore. SpeediShuttle offers shuttle services to Haleiwa, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Lihilani, Waimea, Kawailoa, and more.
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