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North Shore
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.
Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Oahu North Shore Turtle Bay Tour

Spend the day experiencing Oahu’s famous North Shore the way the locals do, on the beach! We head straight up to the North Shore where the majority of the day will be spent at Turtle Bay Resort. At Turtle Bay our guests will have the option to explore with bike rentals, paddle boards, snorkel or just lounge on the beach. Additional highlights include stops at the Dole Plantation, Haleiwa sightseeing, Chinaman’s Hat, a macadamia nut farm, and lunch at a North Shore shrimp truck.-Tour includes-- Daily Waikiki Pick Up-- Locally Guided Tours-- Semi-Private Shuttle-- Admissions and Fees included in price-- Snorkel Set ( Googles and fin)-- Bike and Paddle Board rentals available at Turtle Bay
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Off-Road Adventure Tour on Oahu's North Shore

Explore Oahu's North Shore on an off-road tour that gives you the chance to see some of the island's native wildlife in its natural habitat. As you travel by Ford Raptor F150, you'll visit natural locations not typically open to the public to see turtles, monk seals, albatross, and maybe even humpback whales. This is a custom tour that can be adapted to meet your needs and preferences.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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North Shore with OPTION of celebrity Hawaiian hula, skateboarding surfing DOG

We are Hawaiian local expert guides who are a lot of fun and educated with the Hawaiian History.We will caterer to you for the day as your private knowledgeable VIP chauffeur We also have an addition, Bali, the Hawaiian celebrity dog who hula, surfs and skateboards.She is on Calendar at Walmart, Children's book on Amazon. She appears on World Surf channel, America Funniest video, Rede Globo de Esporte, and several television appearances from National to International TV channels.We have access and knowledge of hidden off the beaten path areas.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Shark Diving

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Nature & Wildlife

Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Waikiki

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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Ziplines

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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Cultural Tours

North Shore and Circle Island Adventure

Explore Oahu, including the North Shore, on this small-group day trip from Waikiki. 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, see the legendary Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, and visit a shrimp farm in Kahuku—with a stop at food truck for an included lunch plate and Hawaiian shave ice.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Full-day Tours

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 snorkeling with green seat turtles on the North Shore. See the Dole Plantation, the Halona Blowhole, Diamond Head and Makapu’u Beach during this day-long outing. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Full-day Tours

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

Explore Oahu's most popular spots all in one day on this 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Surfing Lessons

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

Visit the top stops of the North Shore of Oahu with this small-group tour. You'll see dozens of local points of interest, including the Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town. Turtle Beach, and North Shore surf spots, to name a few. You'll also have plenty of time to stop and snack at local food trucks before making your way back to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Eco Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Shark Diving

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Helicopter Tours

Doors Off North Shore Valleys and Waterfall Explorer

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!
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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.
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  • 330 to 420 minutes
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  • 330 to 420 minutes

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tour on Oahu: North Shore Sunset Spectacular

Soar into the sunset on a 4-passenger helicopter flight over Oahu’s North Shore. This 30- to 40-minute aerial tour includes the option to fly with or without doors. Listen to informative commentary by a licensed pilot who points out the Ko‘olau Mountains, Haleiwa town and remote Ka'ena Point. Ready for an adrenaline rush? Upgrade to the doors-off option!
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  • 40 minutes
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  • 40 minutes

Shark Diving

Free Swim with Sharks (cage-free)

Leave your preconceptions about sharks at the door and get up close to these sleek creatures on this unique ocean experience. Head out from Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, and spend roughly half an hour swimming with the sharks living in the area. Don’t worry, though: even if you aren’t swimming in a cage, you’re still in safe hands, with a guide on board and a safety diver swimming with each group.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Horseback Riding

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.
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Grand Circle Island Photo Tour

This comprehensive tour of Oahu hits many of the island’s most iconic locations such as the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, Shark's Cove, Byodo-In Temple, Halona Blowhole, and more. You’ll also visit several beaches where you’ll have time to take photos. Along the way, sample tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, coconut water, and other island fare.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Cultural Tours

Private 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).
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

6-Hour Private Customized Luxury Convertible Tour of 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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Day Trips

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Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure

We are a local island tour company for small groups. We want to give you an intimate and exciting experience of Hawaii you will always rememberWe love Hawaii and want to share with you all the places this beautiful island has to offer. We hit all the scenic look outs, all the beautiful beaches, and the best snorkeling spot on OahuWe provide the snorkeling gear. If you would like to enjoy snorkeling or taking a dip, please bring a swim suit and towel
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Cultural Tours

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Private Custom North Shore & Haleiwa - 5 hours

Take a private tour to Oahu’s North Shore and visit the legendary surf capital of the world, all in the comfort of an Executive SUV or Smart Silver Van with professional driver guide.Experience the local island lifestyle with visits to Dole Plantation, Historical Haleiwa Town and world renowned North Shore beaches. Our professional and knowledgeable driver guide will provide in-depth narration and escort you to places of your interest at your own pace.*Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences*Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver ensuring personal service*Informative, friendly and professional guide trained to the highest standard*Round-trip transportation from your location of choice*Price is all inclusive per vehicle for the duration of the tour.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Cultural Tours

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Small-Group Circle Island Tour - North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

Get a comprehensive overview of Oahu's landmarks and highlights on this 6-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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours


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