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  • Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
  • Admission: Free

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North Shore Tours

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

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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 ...  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

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The North Shore of O'ahu holds some of the most famous names with Waimea Bay, Haleiwa historic town, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and much more. Take a break ...  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 4 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
Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls, Oahu, Shark ... 
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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
Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Oahu's North Shore, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Sunset Catamaran Cruise on Oahu's North Shore

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
Oahu Circle Island Helicopter Tour, Oahu, Catamaran Cruises
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Oahu Circle Island Helicopter Tour

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, our Circle Island Experience is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by helicopter.  See incredible aerial views ...  Read more

Location: Barbers Point Housing, Hawaii
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $419.00
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
Oahu Coach Tour Including Dole Plantation and Waimea Falls, Oahu, Surfing Lessons
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Oahu Coach Tour Including Dole Plantation and Waimea Falls

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Experience Oahu’s natural beauty and historic sites on a full-day coach tour that circles the island of Oahu. See North Shore beaches like Banzai Pipeline, ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.74
Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Plantation Tours
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Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

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

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