Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay has long been one of the most popular beaches on Oahu. During the summer months, the calm water and gorgeous sand makes this one of the greatest beaches to spend a day at and go for long, leisurely swims. During the winter months, this is one of the best beaches to watch kamikaze surfers risk bodily harm by surfing the towering waves that break in this Bay. Waimea (which means sacred water or red water), has seen a lot of history. The valley was a huge settlement for the Hawaiian people due to its fresh water and abundant supply of fish. Captain Cook’s ships, the Discovery and Resolution, anchored in Waimea Bay in 1779 after Captain Cook had been killed at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island.

Treasure is found in Waimea Bay

During the 1800s Waimea Bay became a huge port of call for sandalwood traders, even earning the unofficial title of “Sandalwood Capital.” The giant surf has further cemented the legendary status of the bay. Discover Hawaii Tours stops at Waimea Bay on our Discover the North Shore tour.

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