During the summer months, this stunning bay is home to some of the best swimming in Hawaii. Crystal-clear waters and wide sandy beaches allow for incredible underwater photography. In the winter, big wave surfers flock from all over the world to ride the massive 30-foot surf break.
6 AM - 10 PM
Wide-angle or fisheye lens (15mm)
Water housing or GoPro
Mask and snorkel
How to get there
N21° 38' 29.5224"W158° 04' 01.65"
This underwater photo of a snorkeler was taken at Waimea Bay Beach. To get here, navigate to the Waimea Bay Beach Park parking lot, directly off Kamehameha Hwy. From the parking lot, it is a straight walk west onto the beach.
Once you're in the water, the shoreline is very shallow but drops off very quickly to about 20 feet deep. There are no fish, but the water is extremely clear, so it's very easy to swim down and get a shot like this one!
When entering the ocean, make sure you are an experienced swimmer who is comfortable underwater. The shallow ocean floor falls away to 20-feet deep soon after entering the water. This is a wonderful beach for swimming in summer months, but always practice extreme caution, be aware of tide conditions, and never attempt to swim during winter months or other times when the waves are large or the current is strong.
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