North Shore Tours

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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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Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
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Oahu Shark Dive

Set out from Oahu’s scenic North Shore to the depths of the big blue Pacific, where you’ll have the chance to observe wild sharks from inside an underwater shark cage. Thanks to your professional, experienced crew, the Oahu shark dive is completely safe as they know the predators’ behavior, and the underwater cage provides proven safety against all different species of sharks. Whether you’re in the cage with sharks right in front of you or watching from up in the boat, Oahu shark diving is a Hawaii activity you’ll definitely never forget.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$73.30 USD
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Shark Cage Diving In Oahu

Experience the thrill of meeting sharks face-to-face in the pristine waters of Oahu on this educational, 2-hour, cage-diving adventure. See Hawaii's majestic hunters — Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment — surrounded by the deep blue of the Big Island’s popular North Shore. Observe from the safety of a floating cage. Stay on the surface, then using a mask and snorkel, look through large polyglass windows to watch the sharks as they gracefully glide by. No scuba experience is necessary. Hotel pickup and drop-off available.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$115.49 USD
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Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls

Board a 4-passenger helicopter at Turtle Bay and fly with the doors off during a 40-minute aerial tour of Oahu’s North Shore. This open-door excursion takes your adventure to new heights while you soar along the northeastern coastline. Slip on your headset to listen to live commentary from a certified pilot who points out sights including Kahana Bay, Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, the Ko‘olau Mountains, Sacred Falls and Kaneohe Bay. Upgrade for an additional scenic ridge landing — the perfect photo op!
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$269.00 USD
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Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Oahu's North Shore

See the beautiful Hawaiian sunset from the decks of catamaran on this 2-hour evening cruise from Oahu. Enjoy scenic views of the North Shore aboard the Ho'o Nanea, as a guide steers you through the warm waters, providing commentary as you go. Soda and water are provided, and you are welcome to also bring your own beer and wine to sip on as you watch the sun go down.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$64.63 USD
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Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

This tour allows you to see the sights of the North Shore of Oahu, including Hanauma Bay. During this 9-hour tour, you'll ride in a mini-bus to the Dole Plantation, Turtle Town, Waimea Bay, and the Banzai Pipeline. Snorkel and swim in the famously aqua waters. Opt to upgrade to go stand-up paddleboarding and include lunch. Pickup and drop-off at Waikiki hotels included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$139.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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North Shore and Circle Island Adventure

Explore Oahu’s North Shore on this 7-hour, small-group excursion. Admire the views as you drive across the Ko'olau Mountains toward the Valley of the Temples. Enjoy the scenic shores of Kahana Bay, catch sight of Mokuauia Islet, and visit the legendary Waimea Bay for the opportunity to spot green sea turtles. Observe local villages, plantations, and pineapple fields as you journey through the island.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$78.53 USD
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Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore

Feel the adrenaline rush of soaring from the top of Oahu’s longest ziplines on this guided, 3-hour tour. Start with a 10-minute, 2-mile ATV ride to the top of a mountain. Then enjoy spectacular panoramic ocean and mountain views of Oahu's famous North Shore from long, high and extra-quiet ziplines ranging from 500 to 2,400 feet. Along the way, encounter rappels, sky bridges, scenic boardwalks and a couple surprises for some fun activities that challenge in a safe and controlled way. All the necessary equipment is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$176.96 USD
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Majestic Circle Island

If you have just one day to explore Oahu, the Circle Island Drive is a must – taking in all the island’s highlights in just one day. This full-day tour from Honolulu visits the the Dole Plantation, the North Shore Beaches, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Waimea Falls. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$104.80 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Oahu Circle Island Helicopter Tour

See some of Hawaii’s most popular landmarks and areas on this 1-hour helicopter tour around the island of Oahu. Board a helicopter, and soar up in the air as you pass by spots, such as Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Mokoliʻi, Hanauma Bay, and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Listen to fun facts and commentary along the ride with comfortable headsets.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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$419.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

Explore Oahu's most popular spots all in one day on this 9-hour tour, including transportation to and from your hotel. Travel comfortably around the island in an air-conditioned coach or minivan as you pass by Diamond Head and North Shore Surfing Beaches. Make stops at the Dole Plantation, Kualoa Ranch, Byodo-In Temple, and a variety of lookout points.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$98.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Hawaii Polo Oceanfront Horseback Rides

Try something different with a horseback ride on the beach. Explore a beautiful oceanfront trail on horseback at Oahu’s North Shore. Perfect for visitors looking for an off the beaten path Hawaii experience, no prior horseback riding experience is necessary and expert guides are on hand to help. Private or small group rides are available, and sunset rides with incredible views and photos ops are also an option.
  • Duration: 60 to 90 mins
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$92.16 USD
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  • Duration: 60 to 90 mins
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6-Hour Luxury Four Door Convertible Tour to Oahu's North Shore

Explore Oahu’s North Shore on a six-hour, fully customizable, private tour with space for four passengers plus your driver. Visit top sights like Banzai Pipeline and sunset beaches and swim, snorkel, or boogie board with equipment provided. Your driver can suggest stops to sample local delicacies like chocolate haupia pie, and garlic shrimp. Have time to look at boutiques and surf shops in Haleiwa town, and opt for a visit to the Dole Pineapple or Green World Coffee plantations if you choose.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$420.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Oahu Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

Circle the island of Oahu on this 8-hour private tour for a maximum of 5 passengers. Discover the turquoise waves, famous for surfing and the soft sand beaches, as well as more than 30 other popular attractions. Get personalized attention from your guide as you visit attractions such as the Dole Pineapple fields, historic Haleiwa town and various locations made famous by feature films. Snacks, bottled water and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels are included (a surcharge for pickup more than 5 miles from Waikiki (Westside - e.g. Ko'olina, or North Shore Oahu $100).
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Oahu North Shore Surfing Lesson with Small Group

Learn to shore amidst the famous swells on the North Shore of Oahu during this 2-hour lesson. At Haleiwa Beach Park, meet your licensed surf instructor who will teach you the basics and help you catch gentle waves. No experience is necessary, and beginning surfers can choose from private family, semi-private or small-group lessons in the afternoon or morning. Use of all equipment, including surf board and wet suit, is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$85.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Pearl Harbor and Oahu North Shore Small Group Tour

This Oahu combo tour takes you to Pearl Harbor and the North Shore for a look at two different sides of Hawaii—war history and natural scenery. First, you'll enjoy skip-the-line entry to the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to the sailors killed in the Japanese attack during World War II. Then head to the North Shore, home to legendary surf, beaches and a more authentic slice of Hawaiian life.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$151.83 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Surf Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu

Enjoy a 2-hour surfing lesson with an experienced guide who is also a professional lifeguard in Hawaii. Learn to read the surf and ride the waves during a lesson that includes instruction on the beach followed by practice in the warm waters of Oahu’s North Shore. This family-friendly experience provides plenty of customized attention and fun, along with the chance to view the sea turtles that are commonly found in this area.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$68.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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VIP Combo Tour - Pearl Harbor and Oahu Island Tour

Spend a full day exploring Oahu’s natural and cultural attractions with this combo tour of Pearl Harbor and the island’s North Shore. Skip the lines and learn about Hawaii’s naval history with reserved entry to the popular USS ‘Arizona’ Memorial, and enjoy included lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take in stellar views of Waimea Bay, Ka’ena Point, and other landmarks on a North Shore driving tour in a luxury van.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$199.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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The North Shore Tour

Spend the day exploring and photographing the North Shore of O'ahu during this 8.5-hour tour from Waikiki. Visit a local coffee farm and learn about the cultiviation of 100% Hawaiian coffee. Then head to Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, and the historic Haleiwa town, as well as Waimea Falls. Round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$124.95 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Oahu Circle Island Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of Oahu's landmarks and highlights on this 8-hour small-group circle tour. Enjoy a small-group setting to ensure personal attention from your local guide while seeing over thirty local attractions. See the surf and sand at Waikiki Beach, taste some samples of Dole Pineapples learn about the history of Haleiwa town. Get the insider info about favorite local eateries and see filming locations for various movies and television shows. Round-trip transportation from Honolulu hotels is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$160.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling from Waikiki via Bus

Explore Oahu on this full-day minibus tour with a small group and a local guide. With your small group of twenty people or less, make plenty of stops at the island's highlights, including an hour of snorkeling with green seat turtles on the North Shore. See the Dole Plantation, the Halona Blowhole, Diamond Head and Makapu’u Beach during this 9-hour outing. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$124.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Intimate North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall from Waikiki

Spend the day immersed in small town Hawaii on an intimate tour of the North shore. See famous big wave surfing beaches, explore the quaint surfing village of Haleiwa town, and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian lunch. Take an easy hike to Waimea waterfalls and swim below the rushing water. Explore Waimea Valley botanical gardens and see the fragrant flowers used to make traditional lei. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to see a slower pace side of the island.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$136.12 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Safari Jeep Circle Island Tour On Oahu

Circle the island of Oahu and its many points of interest on this guided, 6-hour adventure. Learn about Hawaiian history and culture while exploring the coastline. Visit sites like Diamond Head, the Pali Lookout, Chinaman’s Hat and Laie Point. Also, see famous places like Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. For lunch, try some fresh Hawaiian shrimp from one of the local food trucks. And if time permits, check out some of the secret spots for viewing sea turtles and monk seals. Waikiki hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 330 to 420 minutes
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$166.95 USD
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  • Duration: 330 to 420 minutes
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Complete Island Eco Helicopter Small-Group Tour from Oahu

Leave the stress of traffic, waiting in line, and parking behind and see Hawaii from the air. Experience Oahu from a birds-eye view; get unparalleled views of the azure waters, lush greenery and cascading falls. See the most beautiful natural landmarks with a complete circle island tour including the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, the coral reefs at Kaneohe Bay, and Pearl Harbor. A wonderful way to get your bearings if you’ve just arrived, or a grand finale to your vacation.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$320.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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1-Hour Seaplane Adventure from Honolulu

Explore Oahu's skies and see the island in a whole new way on a spectucular seaplane adventure. This 1-hour tour offers ariel views of everything from the North Shore's legendary Sunset Beach to the Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial. Glide over Honolulu Harbor, view the breaking waves of the Banzai Pipeline from above, and soar along Diamond Head Crater. Window seats are guaranteed. 
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$313.08 USD
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