Beatiful Waimea Bay waves roll quickly into shore while the sun sets and the surf picks up, silhouetting a lone kiawe tree and creating a scene one might find in a novel.
Waimea Bay is home to a huge beach of fine yellow sand that is both long and wide. The reason it is so fine and so wide is that each winter some of the biggest waves in the world–some reaching epic sizes of 40 to 60 feet–pound this shoreline, effectively recycling the surface of the entire bay every year. Big wave surfers have a deep respect for Waimea and can be seen risking life and limb most winter days.
For the rest of us, the views are fantastic regardless of season. The summer and fall offer glassy calm waters perfect for swimming and cliff diving from outcropping lava towers. The sun shines here often, and the valley at the mouth of the bay has a rich and storied Hawaiian history.