If you’re staying in Waikiki during your Hawaii vacation and you head to the North Shore, you’ll likely want to make it a day trip and spend the whole day in the area.
If Waimea Beach is your beach of choice for the North Shore, you don’t have to go far to find other things to do in the area!
If a day at the beach isn’t enough to satisfy your Hawaii adventures, there are more than a few things right nearby that will give you variety in your time around Waimea Bay!
So here are a few activities to consider for your fun-filled day around Waimea Bay Beach Park!
On this page:
- Map of Waimea Bay area
- Waimea Bay Beach Park
- Waimea Falls Hike
- Waimea Valley Botanical Garden
- Waimea Valley Ancient Hawaiian Living Site
- Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site
- Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series
Map: Things to do near Waimea Bay Beach Park
To find things to do near Waimea Bay, explore the map of the Waimea Bay area below!
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Waimea Bay Beach Park
Waimea Beach during the winter can be a far different scene than Waimea Beach during the summer! The North Shore is where surfers go on Oahu for the waves, and Waimea Beach is one of those beaches that you can see massive waves. When the waves are in the calmer months, it makes for a good beach for wading in the water. You still want to be careful though, because the shoreline can drop off quite drastically when you’re in the water.
Waimea Falls Trail
Just across the street of the Waimea Bay Beach Park parking lot, you can find the entrance to Waimea Valley, which is where you’ll find the path to Waimea Falls. (There is an entry fee to get into the Waimea Valley park.) It is an easy paved path to get to the waterfalls, about 2 miles round trip. For a fee, there’s also a shuttle that can transport you. At the bottom of the waterfalls is a small pond in which swimming is permitted. There is a lifeguard here, so if you don’t see anyone in the water, check with the lifeguard to see if it’s safe to enter the water. Life jackets are also required in order to swim in the pond, and those are provided at the falls.
Waimea Valley Botanical Garden
On your way to the Waimea Falls, you can stop and smell the roses, literally. 😉 There are collections of botanical gardens along the path, with over 5,000 different types of plants that are native to regions all around the world. This includes endangered plants that are native to Hawaii.
Kauhale Ancient Hawaiian Living Site
Hale means house in the Hawaiian language. On your way to see the waterfalls, you can also stop by to learn the way of life for native Hawaiians back in the day. The Kauhale ancient Hawaiian living site is an outdoor living museum where you can experience Hawaiian culture by seeing different types of traditional Hawaiian living and day-to-day activities.
Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site
A heiau is an ancient Hawaiian temple. The Puu O Mahuka Heiau is another heiau on Oahu that’s designated a state historic site. This one is the largest heiau site on Oahu. When you look at the map, this heiau doesn’t seem very far from Waimea Beach. But you’ll have to loop around to get to this heiau, which means a drive past other North Shore beaches. When you get to the state historic site, you’ll be treated with vast ocean views looking down on Waimea Bay. There’s a short trail that loops around that will take you 5-10 minutes. Considering the popularity of the North Shore, not many people make the drive up to the heiau. This means there’s a good chance you’ll have the area with the beautiful North Shore overlook to yourself! See more for the history of this heiau.
Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series
The Waimea Valley park also holds a summer concert series with traditional Hawaiian music. This is held once a month in the summer months, and there is a concert the last Saturday of each of June, July, and August. The summer 2017 dates are June 24, July 29, and August 26. Tickets are $18 per person with a discount for advanced booking.
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