On the Locals’ Beach at Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
One of the most appealing things about the Hawaiian Islands is that there are often discoveries around every corner. Our discovery today was the Waimea Bay Beach Park in the northern corner of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Our day at Waimea Beach Bay Park involved a sunny day of sand, along with some spectacular Hawaiian Coast Line.
This post is one chapter on our trip during the pandemic to Honolulu Oahu, Hawaii, United States. This trip was redeemed through Marriott Bonvoy and further enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA via United Airlines Business Class
- Coronavirus Testing for Travel: Getting Tested for Hawaii
- Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Canada
- United Airlines Business Class: Vancouver – San Francisco
- United Club Lounge San Francisco – “F” Rotunda, USA
- United Airlines First Class: San Francisco – Honolulu
- The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Honolulu, USA
- Tips for Walking Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- Roy’s Waikiki Restaurant, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA
- On the Locals Beach at Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- Snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- Circling the East Coast to Waimanalo Bay Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
- How to Save on Hotel Parking in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA
- Marakume Udon, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA
- The Sheraton Waikiki – Kai Suite, Honolulu, USA
- The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort – Waikiki, Historic Garden Suite, Honolulu, USA
- United Club Lounge Honolulu, USA
- United Airlines First Class: Honolulu – San Francisco
- United Club Lounge San Francisco – “G” International Terminal, USA
- United Club Lounge San Francisco – “E” Concourse, USA
- United Airlines Business Class: San Francisco – Vancouver
Activity: On the Locals’ Beach at Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America.
Since we were staying at the less impressive but perfectly comfortable Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, we planned our excursions away from Waikiki while we spent our nights at this conveniently located and well priced Waikiki Beach property.
Our plans were to get to Waimea Bay Beach Park which is located on the North West corner of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. With this beach park being well off the regular tourist trail, access by car was really the only reasonable way of getting there.
Getting to Waimea Bay Beach Park:
As a result, we rented a vehicle from the Hertz Hyatt Waikiki Beach outlet. The Hertz Waikiki Beach Outlet is conveniently located immediately across the street from the Sheraton Princess Kauihani, making it a super convenient pick up point.
I booked an economy vehicle and received a Hertz President’s Circle upgrade to a full size 2021 Nissan Altima SR. It only had 3,600 miles on the odometer. We’d later use a trick to avoid paying the $42 USD Waikiki parking garage charges that I’ll explain in a later post.
This Hertz Hyatt location location requires the cars to be collected immediately after leaving the counter. Since MrwWT73 wasn’t completely ready with the morning wake ups, I parked the car over by the Honolulu zoo on Monseratt Ave for free and walked the twenty minutes back to the hotel.
After getting the beach bag packed for the day, we hopped into the car and headed off to the Waimea Bay Beach Park on North Shore.
It was about an hour of a drive up on H1 towards the north shore in a slow going but relaxed convoy.
The Waimea Beach Bay Park:
Arriving to Waimea Bay, it was the home of a sunny and sandy cove. There was free parking at the bay, and we were lucky enough to get a parking spot.
The Waimea Bay Beach Park had basic state facilities at the parking lot. There were public washrooms, along with a change room facility.
The Sloping Beach:
The sand was of fine quality and we had a sloping hill down towards the beach. There were lots of places to find a spot to sit, and it was understandably much quieter than the crowded mayhem of Waikiki Beach.
The beach itself was in really good condition; nice and sandy with a gentle slope towards the water.
There was a bit of a rip current back into the water (making this beach a bit challenging with young children). We were cooling off in the water several times throughout the day.
Off to the side of the beach, there was a rocky out drop that had a bunch of daredevil jumpers. The crystal green water was super inviting.
Climbing up on the rock itself, it lent to great views of Waimea Beach Bay. It’s truly a gorgeous spot and a great find for those looking for a quieter beach away from the more intense activities of Waikiki Beach.
There isn’t much more aspirational than a Hawaiian Coastal Beach view like this!
We enjoyed a full day at Waimea Beach Park before we headed back to Waikiki Beach and the Sheraton Princess Kauilani hotel. We enjoyed an enjoyable dinner at the Appertivo Wine Bar located around the corner from our hotel.
My Thoughts on the Day Trip to Waimea Beach Park:
A trip to Honolulu’s lessor known beaches on the island of Oahu offers an opportunity to get into some picturesque spots on the island than aren’t covered in tourist traffic. Our trip up to Waimea Bay Beach Park offered a glimpse into the Hawaiian Islands’ Beach Life of locals. AS the spot wasn’t all to crowded, I’d highly recommend Waimea Beach Park as a get way spot for the day.