Waimea Bay and Banzia Pipeline may get all of the press when it comes to awe-inspiring waves but Ke Iki (or Keiki) Beach is a hidden gem that delivers the goods more than its more famous cousins. The shore-breaking waves at Ke Iki Beach are the most fiercely beautiful in the world, and are the subject of renowned photographer Clark Little’s work.
The beach is located next (east) to Shark’s Cove. Follow Ke Iki Road until you reach the first palm covered beach path which will take you right to the sand. Head left towards the volcanic rock outcrop, pick a safe spot where your towels won’t get washed away, and enjoy the show. If you get hungry you can walk over to grab a bite at the Shark’s Cove food trucks before returning to watch the sunset. The shore break here is large in the autumn, massive in the winter, and big in the spring. In the summer months those who are comfortable in waves (and current) are able to swim with relative ease. That’s said, when in doubt, don’t go out.
images: property of @marcus_ocean
Tip: Want to fall asleep and wake up to the soothing thumping sounds of this majestic wave spot? Ke Iki Beach Bungalows – the best vacation rental on the North Shore – is exactly where you need to stay.