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  • Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
  • Admission: Free
Surf is king on Oahu's North Shore, where summertime’s mostly placid snorkeling spots and beginner surf breaks are transformed into pounding ragers come winter. Then, perfect crests and barrels topping 35 feet combine for a not-to-be-missed spectacle often used in world-class surfing competitions.

The North Shore is best known for the so-called "Seven Mile Miracle" of bays and surf breaks between Sunset Beach and Haleiwa, including the famous Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. But the land area extends north of Laie (home of the Polynesian Cultural Center) in the east all the way to the albatross and monk seal refuge of Kaena Point on Oahu's westernmost tip. In between, travelers will find a respite from hectic Honolulu: roadside trucks serving heaping portions of garlic shrimp; acai smoothie cottages; scenic waterfall hikes; scattered stretches of white sand; and the charming clapboard shops, surf boutiques and restaurants of downtown Haleiwa. 

Experience the North Shore with a surfing lesson, a snorkel session at Waimea Bay, a dune buggy adventure or a sunset helicopter tour. Visitors can also choose a trip that hits the highlights, with stops at the Waimea Valley waterfalls, a luau and Haleiwa.

Insider's Tip: Some tours will satisfy a sweet tooth at the North Shore's Matsumoto Shave Ice, a family-owned shack in Haleiwa widely regarded as the best spot for Hawaii's favorite frozen treat.

Practical Info

The North Shore lies roughly between Kaena and Kahuku points on Oahu. Despite its laid-back surfer vibe (this is the haunt of surfer-songwriter Jack Johnson, after all), the North Shore is no secret. During particularly spectacular surf, Route 83, the only two-lane thoroughfare along the North Shore's waterfront can back up with traffic. Fortunately, a wealth of tour options provide transport from Waikiki hotels and take the parking hassle out of the equation.

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Oahu Shark Dive, Oahu, null
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Oahu Shark Dive

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 246 Reviews

Book the Oahu Shark Dive to enjoy a thrilling encounter with sharks! Cruise from Oahu's beautiful North Shore to your viewing spot, where you'll observe ...  Read more

Location: Haleiwa, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.30
USS Arizona Memorial and Oahu North Shore Small Group Tour From Honolulu, Oahu, Shark Diving
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USS Arizona Memorial and Oahu North Shore Small Group Tour From Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a hassle-free trip to Pearl Harbor and see the highlights of Oahu’s North Shore with this combo tour. Gain skip-the-line admission to the USS ‘Arizona’ ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.83
Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour, Oahu, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Let's go photograph the beautiful windward side of O'ahu as the sun lights up the turquoise water along side the epic Ko'olau Mountains, and then end the day ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Private North Shore Surfing Tour, from Waikiki, Oahu, Photography Tours
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Private North Shore Surfing Tour, from Waikiki

Oahu’s north shore is well known for legendary surf breaks like Waimea, Sunset, and the Banzai Pipeline. People travel the world over for a glimpse of these ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $350.00
Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore, Oahu, Surfing Lessons
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Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

This tour is a three hour guided zipline tour, including Oahu's longest ziplines ranging from 500 feet to nearly half a mile long. Participants will explore a ...  Read more

Location: Kahuku, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.96
Semi-Private Oahu Circle Island Tour, Oahu, Ziplines
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Semi-Private Oahu Circle Island Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy beautiful beaches, turquoise water, movie sets, insider info and exclusive stops. Breathtaking views and a fun and knowledgeable tour guide will guide ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Full-day Tours
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Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy the beauty of Oahu's gorgeous North Shore and the world famous Hanauma Bay on this full day tour from Waikiki.  Visit the Banzai Pipeline Beach, Waimea ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
North Shore Surfing Lesson at Haleiwa Beach Park, Oahu, Day Trips
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North Shore Surfing Lesson at Haleiwa Beach Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience the thrill of catching a wave on Oahu’s North Shore, known worldwide as a surfing mecca. Head to Haleiwa and learn the basics from a licensed surf ...  Read more

Location: Haleiwa, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.13
Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls, Oahu, Surfing & ... 
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Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls

Take your aerial adventure to the extreme on this open-door helicopter tour of Oahu’s North Shore from Turtle Bay. Aboard a 4-passenger chopper, dare to ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 40 minutes; 60 minutes with landing

From USD $254.00
Luxury Convertible Tour to Oahu's North Shore, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Luxury Convertible Tour to Oahu's North Shore

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a 6-hour customized tour to the North Shore of Oahu in a luxury convertible Chrysler 300C. This tour is flexible and customized for up to four ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $420.00

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