Waimea Bay, a famous beach set on the North Shore on the island of Oahu, is usually crowded and packed with tourists. Not that this is a bad thing, but if you want a peek at the truly local beauties that Hawaii has to offer, come check out this beach at sunset! It's simply gorgeous.
My friends and I have always made some time to trek up north, past the pineapple fields and the historic town of Haleiwa to get some sun at the word-renowned Waimea Bay. It’s a great drive to take, coasting past the hustle and bustle of the town and the larger suburbs, through some coffee trees and a horse farm, and into some seriously relaxed atmosphere.
Right off the main road that passes Haleiwa Town, Waimea Bay has a lot with some ample parking (as well as parking along the main road), and boasts of a HUGE rock that is about 75 feet high! This famous rock settlement is totally perfect for jumping off of into the crystal clear (and deep enough) water. There are many classic photos of the bay, since the water truly is so clear and feels so refreshing in comparison to the slightly suspicious, murky waters of Waikiki Beach.
However, for this article, I’m focusing on the bay during dusk and sunset. My love and I always wanted to experience that typical “sunset date” along the beach, and Waimea Bay was our first choice. Since we drove there around 5PM, the traffic was a bit stuffy but nothing unbearable. People were clearing out of the bay, so the parking lot had more open spaces than usual, which was fortunate for us. We just wanted to get out into the sand and enjoy the views!
We brought along towels, some chips and drinks, and of course, my Lomo LC-A+ and two rolls of film: Kodak Ektachrome E100G and Fujichrome Astia 100F. I wanted to make sure that I got more perspectives of the sunset through experimenting with both films. And I was seriously rewarded when I laid hands on my developed slides!
The sunset was simply gorgeous. Since we were on the North Shore, the entire west horizon was open to us, extending its magnificent rays of golden warmth. There was a slight breeze, which was perfect, and the water was calm and sleek – just right for a small dip. No one was jumping off the rock, and there were a moderate amount of locals just hanging out across the vast bay.
It was perfect. Honestly, I can say that going to Waimea Bay to watch the sunset with my love is one of my most favorite memories to date. It was great to get away from our normal lives with school and work, to escape to the quaint side of Oahu, and watch an extraordinary gift of nature simply present itself like a free symphony of light.