places to go on the north shore
Known as the ‘Surfing Capital of the World” world-famous North Shore of Oahu is the perfect place to choose your own adventure. This is the place for stunning landscapes, big waves, beautiful beaches and countless activities: hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing, shark and dolphin tours.
After a fun-filled day, make sure to grab a snack from a food truck or plate lunch spot, visit a shopping center featuring local artists and then head on out to catch a beautiful sunset.
So whether you choose to explore by moped, bike, or car - we’re here to help make your visit to the North Shore unforgettable.
Each winter, world-famous international surfing competitions - The Triple Crown of Surfing and the Billabong Pipeline Masters are held here. During summer, the water is much calmer and a nice place to lounge at the beach for the day.
Laid-back Haleiwa town with its plantation style buildings is the social center of the North Shore. The perfect place to cruise and shop, there are plenty of art galleries, local boutiques, surf shops, and restaurants to spend the day or night.
This beautiful lava-rock beach is home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving on the island. These rock formations provide amazing underwater caves and tunnels that are home to sea turtles and a multitude of exotic tropical fish.
One of the three locations that is home to the Triple Crown Surfing Contest, Sunset Beach is a 2 mile stretch of beautiful Hawaiian beach and the perfect place to soak up the sun. The crystal-clear waters provide a glimpse into marine life and the sunsets here are stunning.
From Kahuku to Haleiwa, North Shore Food trucks offer some of the best and most diverse selections of food you will have on your trip. You name it, they’ve got it – garlic shrimp, plate lunches, tacos, Thai, vegetarian, Cajun jambalaya, and sweet crapes.
Home to the best surfers in the world riding 25- 30-foot wave every winter, A great place to spend the day with the family, Waimea is actually a great place for swimming, bodyboarding, snorkeling during non-winter months.
Kaena Point is located on the westernmost tip of land on Oahu. The perfect place for a moderate 3.5-mile hike that provides a perfect place to see long volcanic coast with tide pools, small natural stone arches and nice views of the coastline.
Waimea Valley is a 1,875-acre division of land stretching from the mountains to the sea. This botanical garden, historic and cultural site ends with a 45-foot waterfall located at the end of one mile hike. Enjoy the day exploring Waimea’s cultural and natural resources.
Historic Dole Plantation has fun activities for family. Take a ride on the Pineapple Express Train and explore the Pineapple Garden Maze – which spans over three acres and includes 2 ½ miles of paths filled with over 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants.