Waimea Bay Cliff Jumping
Mountain volcanos jutting out of the Pacific Ocean help make Hawaii an awesome tropical paradise. They also help create some amazing Oahu cliff jumping opportunities.
There are lots of spots where you can go cliff jumping in Hawaii. Some of them are small while others are scary and intense.
One of the best places that provides a thrill but isn’t sketchy like some of the others is Waimea Bay Cliff Jumping.
Safety Precautions When Cliff Jumping In Hawaii
There are a few safety precautions that you HAVE TO take when cliff jumping in Hawaii. First off, you must make sure the water is deep enough where you are going to enter it. I don’t think I have to explain what terrible things could happen if you land on rocks.
Not only do you need to make sure that the water is deep enough, but you need to make sure the water is calm enough to allow you to ultimately get out of it.
Some of the Oahu cliff jumping spots have huge waves that crash so hard that you could get tossed into the rocks over and over again.
Obviously I’m not an expert on safety. Just because it was safe to jump when I did doesn’t mean you should. If there are signs saying not to or conditions look sketchy, don’t jump.
Waimea Bay Rock Jump
The cliff jump is off the side of a gigantic rock that is sitting in the middle of the Waimea Bay Beach. Seriously, it looks a bizarre look to see a massive rock plopped in the middle of the beach. It is a ton of fun to climb to the top and dive into the water.
What I love about the Waimea Bay rock jump is that it is one of the cliff jumping spots where I felt the safest. This doesn’t mean that the jump is the lowest.
The combination of many others jumping, the visible landing and water depth, and a bay that generally keeps the intense waves out helped make me feel comfortable.
I’ve been there three different times and the first two times there were tons of people jumping. The third time no one was jumping because the waves were too intense and people worried they wouldn’t be able to safely get out of the water.
Waimea Bay Cliff Jump Height
The Waimea cliff jump height is about 30 feet. While this isn’t as high as some of the others, it was enough to make my stomach a little bit queasy.
Waimea Rock Jump Location
The Waimea rock jump is located in the middle of the Waimea Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu. Without any traffic it is about a 30 minute drive from Waikiki.
That being said, you should plan extra time for your drive since you are very likely to encounter traffic.
Waimea Bay Beach Park vs Waimea Valley
It is worth noting that Waimea Bay Beach Park is different from Waimea Valley. They are right across the street from each other, but Waimea Valley is a botanical garden, hike, and waterfall swim spot.
Previously you could jump off of a small cliff at Waimea Valley, but they no longer allow it. The Waimea Bay rock is now the only place in the area that you are allowed to jump from.
Waimea Bay Beach Park Facilities
There are restrooms, a picnic area, and even a sand volleyball court for you to enjoy.
Parking at the Waimea Rock Jump
Full disclosure, parking at the Waimea Beach Park sucks! There are more people that want to go there than there are parking spots for.
You can park along the road before you get there (when coming from Honolulu) so start looking as soon as you get close.
Conclusion: A Great Place to Start Oahu Cliff Jumping
I love the cliff jumping that Oahu offers. The Waimea Bay jump rock is the perfect location to get a taste of what it’s like without being too extreme!
What to pack for Oahu
- Quick Dry Travel Towel – This quick dry towel is amazing to travel with. We honestly usually travel with 2 of them. It really will come in handy when you need extra room in your suitcase.
- Sandals – LOVE these Tevas sandals. You can actually hike in them which is perfect for hawaii if you don’t want to bother with hiking boots.
- Hiking Boots – The hikes in Hawaii are MUDDY. Make sure to pack a nice pair of waterproof hiking boots so trekking through the mud and puddles doesn’t make you miserable. Nothing worse than wet socks. These are my favorite hiking boots. They are cute and comfortable. I never go hiking without them! Buy them from DSW here.
- Tank tops – Free people is my go to place to buy cute and affordable tank tops (Depending on the style of course). I have this tighten up tank in almost every color.
- Shorts – Anyone who is traveling to Hawaii needs a good pair of shorts. Khakis are great for guys. For women, cute athletic shorts or denim shorts are perfect for a breezy summertime look.
- These denim shorts are my current favorites!
- Dresses for Hawaii – Packing a few good dresses is essential for Hawaii. Dresses have become my go to on trips to help quickly put an outfit together.
- Tennis Shoes – I guess you could wear sandals hiking this trail but I would recommend tennis shoes. It can get narrow and slippery in parts. I never go anywhere without my white Air force ones. They are the most versatile shoe I own.
- Beach cover-up – Having at least one good cover-up is essential on any beach trip. Amazon actually has amazing ones at really affordable prices. If you aren’t a fan of buying clothes off Amazon I recommend ASOS, Nordstrom and Revolve as well.
- Snorkeling gear – for obvious reasons.
- Camera Gear – The iPhone 13 Pro is amazing and probably all that most people need. BUT, if you want something more I can’t recommend the Sony A7IV mirrorless camera enough. It is AMAZING. If you are more into video than taking photos I recommend the Sony A7SIII or the Canon R5 for you Canon lovers.
- Travel tripod – This Peak Design travel tripod is the best I have ever used. It is so easy to carry around because it is literally the size of a water bottle. Fits perfectly in a backpack. I have never seen a tripod so compact. It’s life changing. You can check it out here if you’re interested. Note – It isn’t cheap, but that’s why I bought it from backcountry.com. They frequently have 15% off sales so I was luckily able to purchase during a sale.
Planning a trip to Oahu? Read more of our Oahu blog posts below!
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Best Things to do in Oahu
- 15 Places You Can’t Miss in Oahu (Hawaii) – our most viewed post ever!
- 11 Best Things to do in Oahu (You Probably Haven’t Heard of) – For those looking for more unique things to do in Oahu
- The Ultimate Hawaii Packing List – What to pack!
- Best Doors off Helicopter Tour on Oahu
- Shark Diving in Oahu – Everything you need to know!
- Visiting the Secret Mermaid Caves Oahu – MUST visit!
- Halona Blowhole – Lookout, Beach & Lava Tube
- Laniakea Beach – The TRUE Turtle Beach in Oahu!
- Kailua Beach Park – Oahu’s Best All Around Beach
- Lanikai Beach – Great, but not my favorite
Best Cliff Jumping in Oahu
- Waimea Bay Cliff Jumping on Oahu – amazing cliff jumping spot
- Laie Point Cliff Jumping Spot on Oahu’s North Shore – more cliff jumping!
- The Spitting Caves in Oahu – Underrated!
- China Walls on Oahu – another great cliff jumping spot.
Best Snorkeling in Oahu
- Best Snorkeling in Oahu
- Sharks Cove Oahu – Great snorkeling here
- Hanauma Bay
- Electric Beach Snorkeling – (Kahe Point Beach Park)
- Kuilima Cove Snorkeling at Turtle Bay Resort
Best Hikes on Oahu
- Diamond Head Hike– updated for 2023 – you now need reservations.
- Koko Head Hike – The world’s Largest Stairmaster
- Kapena Falls – One of the best easy hikes on Oahu
- Likeke Falls Trail
- Lulumahu Falls Hike – Everything you need to know
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