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  • Address: Kamehameha Highway
  • 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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North Shore Turtle Beach Snorkeling Tour, Oahu, null
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North Shore Turtle Beach Snorkeling Tour

Small group experience that's capped at 9 people ensures a personalized experience. World famous North Shore offers one of the best snorkeling in the Island of ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Surfing Lesson on the North Shore of Oahu, Oahu, Snorkeling
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Surfing Lesson on the North Shore of Oahu

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 $78.00
North Shore Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson, Oahu, Surfing & Windsurfing
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North Shore Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

Soak up the lush landscape of Oahu’s North Shore on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). During a 2-hour lesson, suitable for beginner paddlers, you’ll receive ...  Read more

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

From USD $78.13
North Shore Surfing Lesson at Haleiwa Beach Park, Oahu, Other Water Sports
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North Shore Surfing Lesson at Haleiwa Beach Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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
North Shore and Circle Island Adventure, Oahu, Surfing & Windsurfing
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North Shore and Circle Island Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 186 Reviews

Discover a different side to Oahu on this half-day tour of North Shore Hawaii. On the Oahu North Shore you'll visit ancient temples, wildlife habitats, surf ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.53
Semi-Private Oahu Circle Island Tour, Oahu, Half-day Tours
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Semi-Private Oahu Circle Island Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Get a great overview of Oahu on this 8-hour small-group tour.  Enjoy beautiful beaches, turquoise water, movie sets, insider info and exclusive stops. Snap ...  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

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $109.00
North Shore Bike Tour, Oahu, Day Trips
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North Shore Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Oahu’s famed North Shore on this bike tour with round-trip transport from Honolulu. With a local guide, you’ll ride past legendary surf breaks like ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.81
North Shore Adventure, Oahu, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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North Shore Adventure

We start with a two hour narrated van ride to Historical location unique to Hawaii. The Bike Tour portion  begins with pedaling the Seven ...  Read more

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

From USD $139.00
Oahu Island Photography Tour, Oahu, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Oahu Island Photography Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Capture great shots of gorgeous Oahu and sharpen your photography skills on a photography tour that is suitable for all levels. Learn pro tips and techniques ...  Read more

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

From USD $146.60

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