Waialea Bay, also known as Beach 69 because of its once, unmarked path through the woods at telephone pole #69 helping people be able to locate the beach, is an area that is enjoyed by many. With its several patches of coral reef, shallower waters, and protected waters, makes Waialea bay a fun and friendly place for many to enjoy a day in the sun.
Waialea Bay has great amenities for the beach goer’s use such as: showers, restrooms, and easy parking with just a short walk to the beach. With sea conditions being a bit friendlier than other places, Waialea Bay offers decent snorkeling, especially for those just learning how to do the sport. Snorkelers of all levels can enjoy several large patches of coral reef with friendly fish and pretty reef. With a nice beach entry, there is plenty of coral reefs in the shallow waters near the shore that will encourage even the most timid snorkelers to get into the water and explore. Be on the lookout for turtles as well, for they are common to see in the bay area. They usually are seen in the shallower waters in front of the beach.
Conditions will vary at Waialea Bay. Just like all bays and coves, when the surf is up, waves will stir up the sediment and the visibility for you snorkelers will be poor, Please do not go exploring over the coral if you have poor visibility, not only will there be the chance of you damaging the coral, but you, yourself could get hurt from the coral. When the surf is up, think about grabbing the boogie boards in place of the snorkeling gear.
During the summer months, when the surf tends to go away, swimming is friendly and the snorkeling is fun. Beach entry is simple from the soft sands on the beach to the sands well into the water. Waialea Bay is a nice place for swimming and beginning snorkeling. Being a bay, strong currents are almost non-existent making it a pleasant place to swim and play.