Overview of Hale'iwa Beach Park

Hale'iwa Beach Park

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Hale'iwa Beach Park is another family oriented beach with all the facilities. Snorkeling is good here, but the diving requires a good kick for about 150 yards.

Directions: Off Kamehameha Highway on the North Shore in the Hale'iwa area.


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08/17/2013 Badger (Avg: 4.11 Review) - Did the Trench, twice. Enjoyed.

06/24/2011 Keith Brilhart (Avg: 2.82 Review) - Visibility was low due to recent heavy rain and the resulting runoff. Everything had a coating of sediment, so color was nil except in outcroppings from the wall where it gets washed. Some feeding was going on, but no turtles. For the long swim it wasn't worth it, except for practice.

11/14/2007 Fish Finder (Avg: 3.91 Review) - As mentioned below, this involves a long surface swim, much of it over very shallow water. The entry is easy, but shallow as well. In spite of this, this is one of the best night dives on Oahu. Bring a dive flag because you are diving literally in the Haleiwa channel, but the miniature life is unheard of. Expect to see small lobsters in the cracks and crevices of the wall, and some of the biggest cowries you have ever seen. On one of my first night dives here I looked over and saw my surprised friend literally getting molested by about 6 turtles all swimming into him at once. Fun dive all around.

11/16/2004 Tessa (Avg: 4.74 Review) - I went to the north shore in the summer for a month to visit my sister and I had the BEST time of my life... I saw many beautiful sites and did many exciting things!! I love HAWAII!!

10/31/2004 Brian McLean (Avg: 3.68 Review) - A bit of a surface swim, but with a beautiful back drop. Easy entry, swim out till you see a drop off, or some turtles! Love the trench wall. Besides Sharks Cove, this is my favorite on Oahu.

08/08/2004 Seth Bareiss (Avg: 4.45 Review) - More: often divable, even in Winter when the rest of the North Shore is undivable. Exceptional showers and bathrooms and nearby phones. There's always adequate parking. The walk out to the drop-off through yard-deep shallows is LONG, often frustrating...perhaps 100 yards/meters. Try to stay underwater as long as possible when returning, to enjoy the shallows & avoid walking. // Out of 90-or-so dives here, I've twice been stopped by a lifeguard on a jet ski, telling me this area is frequented by tiger sharks. Not sure if he's telling the truth... perhaps he's just hoping to protect the turtles from divers. Turtles are THE reason to dive this spot, nicknamed "Turtle Heaven". Even on a day when viz was 6'/2m, and 5 divers held hands, we still saw 20 or so turtles by peeking into crevices. Nice cleaning stations abound near the drop-off. Bring an U/W camera if at all possible. Expect silt at the bottom of the drop-off.

07/16/2004 Seth Bareiss (Avg: 3.35 Review) - Excellent place to see turtles. I've never seen fewer than 15 turtles there, 1/3 being 5'+ in length. LONG surface swim or walk (100 yards) from the beach to the wall. Best done as a multilevel dive: go off to the mid-left, drop down off the wall to 45'~90'. Swim east along the wall's bottom, then rise to 60' for 20 minutes, then follow one of the channels back toward shore in 30'~15' of water for the remainder of your air + safety stop. Big turtles at the wall; yard-long turtles in the channels. Beware of jetskis.

11/03/2002 Van Eric Johnson (Avg: 2.91 Review) - This is not a bad shore dive. Very short "walk" out to the trench in waist deep water, then snorkel for 25 yd's and drop down to 90'. Not a lot of plant life, but plenty of turtles, morays and eagle rays. Good to do your first deep and multi-level dives at.

07/26/2001 Luke VanValkenburg (Avg: 3.44 Review) - This dive, I consider a wall dive. However, it's a good swim. the picture is a little deceiving. Be prepared to have a long surface swim to reach the wall. Very easy entry/exit. Must remember. diving on the North Shore of Oahu never has a lot of plant life do to the high surf here during the winter months. We do have lots and lots of turtles.

07/05/2001 Robert Lower (Avg: 3.97 Review) - An amazing dive for intermediate through advanced divers. The best time to dive this site is during the summer months when surf is low and current is almost none. Diving the Haleiwa "trench", as it is called, is best done at night and is requires a small swim to get to the primo spot, but once found the site contains all sorts of special treats such as dragon morays, harlequin shrimp, white tip reef sharks, lobsters, and more!!!! If you are into spearing, this site has an abundance of 1-2lbs. Kumu (goat fish).

05/20/2001 Chris Wunsch (Avg: 3.49 Review) - Decent shore dive with good visibility. Water temp was 78F even at 90ft. Haliewa trench is located just off shore with good dives 90-110ft. Sea life includes lobsters, sea turtles, numerous types of fish, and decent reef conditions. Beware as it is very easy to swim much farther from shore (following the trench) than planned. Visibility, lighting, and conditions are excellent.


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: OA0501
N2136.0343'
W15806.0920'

 

Entrance at Hale'iwa Beach Park 

As you are leaving Hale'iwa to the North, you'll see the park on your left. Take the last entrance, and drive to the end of the road.

Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: OA0502
N2136.0197'
W15806.2168'

 

Parking at Hale'iwa Beach Park 

Parking can handle many vehicles. The beach is just in front of the cars.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: OA0503
N2136.0239'
W15806.2342'

 

Entry at Hale'iwa Beach Park 

Enter off the sandy beach and head straight out past the point.

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Aerial at Hale'iwa Beach Park 
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You can see where the shelf ends. Also note that the shelf is the main corridor for harbor boats. Take your dive flag!

Last Verification: September, 2000  

 

Diver Averages for  Hale'iwa Beach Park  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.73
Bottom Conditions:  3.64
Reef Conditions:  3.73
Animal Life:  4.18
Plant Life:  2.82
Facilities:  4.27
Solitude 3.18
Roads:  4.45
*Site Average:  3.72
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.91
Beginner Scuba:  3.64
Intermediate Scuba:  4.09
Advanced Scuba:  4.18
Night diving Scuba:  3.64

Number of reviews for this site: 11

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