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  • Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
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North Shore Tours

Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.

The Basics
There are a number of options for exploring the North Shore. Head to the water for a surfing or stand-up paddle board lesson, a sunset catamaran cruise, or a shark cage diving excursion. On land, tour the area’s rich farms, hike to Waimea Valley Falls, explore the fields and jungles of Kualoa Ranch, or see the island from above on a helicopter tour. While many tours leave from nearby Waikiki, it’s also possible to visit the North Shore on a day trip from Honolulu. Some full-day excursions include visits to Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay State Park, or the Dole Plantation. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Only expert surfers should attempt to ride the North Shore’s massive winter waves.
  • Parking can be difficult to find, especially during the winter surf season. 
  • Bring sun protection, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water.

How to Get There
Oahu’s North Shore stretches for more than seven miles (11 kilometers) and is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from downtown Honolulu. During winter, the one-way road along the North Shore’s “seven-mile miracle” of popular surf beaches can back up for hours, so it’s best to visit on a tour to avoid the hassle of driving and parking. 
 
When to Get There
The North Shore’s summer and winter seasons each have their benefits. In summer, seas are calm and you can to take beginner surf lessons, go kayaking, or enjoy some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling. Winter is the busiest time to visit, when expert surfers hit the waves and other visitors stick to the safety of land. If you opt for a winter visit, it’s best to arrive early (before 9am) to score a parking spot. 

Must-See North Shore Spots
Don’t miss the historic Haleiwa Beach town, with its clapboard shops, surf boutiques, and restaurants. The Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay are some of the most famous North Shore beaches, while Turtle Beach offers a chance to see sunbathing Hawaiian green sea turtles.

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Oahu Shark Dive

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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 the ...  Read more

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

From USD $73.30
The North Shore Tour, Oahu, Shark Diving
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The North Shore Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

We are known for our North Shore Tour as a high energy and undeniably exciting photography adventure for surf and nature lovers as well the coffee ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.60
Shark Cage Diving In Oahu, Oahu, Photography Tours
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Shark Cage Diving In Oahu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

More than just an adventure, this educational tour takes you into a world that few can ever experience. The open ocean world of sharks! We take you three miles ...  Read more

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

From USD $115.49
Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Oahu's North Shore, Oahu, Shark Diving
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Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Oahu's North Shore

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North Shore sunsets are some of the best and there is no better place to watch them than from the deck of the Ho'o Nanea. The sunset hours are a magical time ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.63
Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls, Oahu, Catamaran ... 
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Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls

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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 fly ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $269.00
Pearl Harbor and Oahu North Shore Small Group Tour, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Pearl Harbor and Oahu North Shore Small Group Tour

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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
Surf Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu, Oahu, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Surf Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu

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Take surf lessons on the north shore of Oahu, with a professional Hawaiian lifeguard with over 20 years' experience teaching beginner surfers. For 2 full ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.00
Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Surfing Lessons
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Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

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Enjoy the beauty of Oahu's gorgeous North Shore and the world famous Hanauma Bay State Park on this full day tour from Waikiki.  Visit ...  Read more

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

From USD $139.00
Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore, Oahu, Day Trips
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Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore

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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
Majestic Circle Island, Oahu, Ziplines
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Majestic Circle Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Come with us on an authentic adventure and discover all of Oahu’s majestic grandeur.  Be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history found at ...  Read more

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

From USD $104.80

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