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by Kyle Galdeira, editor


Over the past 50 years, the bay has become one of Hawai‘i’s most popular surf spots for both locals and visitors alike. According to surfhistory.com, on Nov. 7, 1957, a group of surfers visiting from California attempted to surf huge waves up to 30 feet high at Waimea. Ever since, surfers have been riding the gigantic walls of water that are churned up by enormous winter swells out of the North Pacific.

“ Waimea Bay is a great place to watch big-wave surfers,” said Robin Hansson, an ‘06 HPU graduate and avid surfer. “It’s not like beaches in Honolulu and Waikiki. It still has that North Shore charm, and it has kept its natural Hawaiian spirit to this day.”

However, if you prefer to just kick back and relax, a wide expanse of white sandy beach fronts the bay so visitors can lounge around and bask in the sun.

If you are looking for a little adventure, you might try experiencing the rush that comes from jumping or diving from a lava-rock sea stack at the west end of the bay. From Jump Rock, as it is appropriately called, divers can plunge downwards about 40 feet into the blue waters of the bay below.

It is important to read and obey any posted warning signs because, depending on ocean conditions, swimming and diving may occasionally be hazardous, even for experienced water users.

All photos by Kyle Galdeira

Locals and tourists alike flock to Waimea Bay to enjoy the white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters.

Visitors who stick around until the early evening are treated to some of the most magnificant sunsets in the world.

During the winter surf season, swells can reach heights of 30 feet, making Waimea one of the world’s premiere surfing venues.



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