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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
Admission: Free
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Nature & Wildlife

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North Shore Sunset Photo Tour

Leave the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and see the real Hawai'i, the North Shore of Oahu offers a peak into the country side and the untouched wilderness of Hawai'i.This tour is an excellent opportunity for photographers who want to capture wildlife and undisturbed landscapes, North Shore also tends to have its own unique culture a part from the rest of the island.Here you can find Green Sea Turtles resting on pristine beaches, in it's own natural habitat, daring surfers who genuinely live and breathe surf culture clash with ferocious waves in the winter months, breath taking scenery untouched and unhindered and epic Hollywood film locations.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Eco Tours

Intimate North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall from Ko'Olina

Get away from the tourist center of the island and spend the morning exploring the Oahu’s countryside on the North Shore. Visit famous big waves beaches like Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach and explore the quaint surf town of Haleiwa. stop for lunch in Waimea Valley, and take a dip at Waimea Falls. This tour is ideal for visitors who want to see some of the island's natural beauty and visit less touristy spots.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Helicopter Tours

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.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Air Tours

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Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Oahu Circle Island Tour from Maui, Hawaii or Kauai

Let us—travel experts and Oahu natives—show you the best Oahu has to offer with our Pearl Harbor and Oahu Circle Island Tour. We’ll take care of every detail from round-trip inter-island airfare to admission to Oahu’s most popular attractions. There’s no planning. No stress. All you have to do is enjoy the trip!Your tour begins with complimentary curbside airport pickup in one of our luxurious Mercedes Sprinter vans. First stop: historic Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Battleship. Complimentary tickets to the Pearl Harbor documentary are included. In the afternoon we’ll show you some of our favorite spots on the island like the Nu’uanu Pali, Valley of Temples, North Shore, and the Dole Pineapple plantation. And since we focus on small group tours (no more than ten people), you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, take photos, and explore each location.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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Oahu Water Fun

The Best full day water activities & experience to famous landmarks of North Shore side of the Oahu Island. The small group tour activity is the way to enjoy your vacation. Stop more places or spend more time in the places you like. Value for your time & money, so why join with a group in a big Bus. We have Luxurious vehicles for the Best your need which will be memorable for a lifetime. Come and enjoy this experience with a spirit of Aloha.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Oahu Circle Island Tour

We love sharing the beautiful island of Oahu with others. Each of our guides are local and passionate about the island and eager to share what they know. Every tour is private and we allow some flexibility with our route. We will help you take some amazing photos and do our best to ensure that you have a wonderful and stress free day as we drive around this tropical paradise.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Photography Tours

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Emerald North Shore Photo Tour

Explore the spectacular North Shore in the early morning hours, this wonderful tour specializes in discovering all the stunning emerald color water & white sand beaches of North Shore, includes a free photo session!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Grand Circle Island Tour Plus Snorkeling With Green Sea Turtles

Escape the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and spend a whole day of exploration,fun and activities.Discover the whole island of Oahu in a day!We will take you to the best historical sights,scenic routes and cultural highlights Oahu has to offer and a chance to swim with Hawaiian Honu(Green Sea Turtles),with snorkeling gear provided for FREE.Our Stops:*Diamondhead Lookout*Hanauma Bay*Halona Blowhole*Makapuu Point*Macadamia Nut and Coffee Farm*Kahuku Shrimp Stands(other lunch selections available)*Sunset Beach*Waimea Bay*Laniakea Beach Park aka Turtle Beach(we spend atleast 90 minutes snorkeling & swimming here)*Haleiwa Town*Dole Plantation
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Eco-adventure friendly Aloha Island Tour

You will see all in half day - a real Grand Circle Island Tour through the scenic world famous highlights, beaches and surf breaks. Coffee farm, Pineapple plantation, Haleiwa historical town, local food such as kalua pork, shrimps and haupia chocolate pie, turtle beach, Waimea bay, sharks cove, Pipeline, Sunset beach, Laie look out, Chinaman's hat, macademia nut farm, these are some of the locations that you will enjoy with this tour.You will have a unique and authentic local experience that will enrich you travel memories forever.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Day Trips

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INSTA North Shore Photo Experience

Explore and roam some of the most unknown sweet-spots that the north shore Oahu has to offer whilst being photographed by a professional local. This is your ticket to the in betweens - a chance to fly under the radar and discover locations which cannot be found in a blog or a guidebook. Step into my world for the afternoon and I'll introduce you to the Aloha lifestyle in the purest form. We'll work together with the lighting/landscapes to capture this feeling in the photographs. I'll bring you to an unknown beach where you may view sea turtles, palm tree field, historic surf town, the lost beach, a legendary old banyan tree, and serene fish pond with mountainous background just to name a few of our possible shooting locations. No experience is the same as the environments are ever changing. For more examples of my work you may check my instagram @johnnyleelove
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

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ONLY TESLA Island Tour in Hawaii - LUXURY Custom Private Tour

Only TESLA Tour in Hawaii! Ride with style AND help the environment. Only DanielsHawaii offers private customized tours in a luxury $100,000 Tesla. Explore beautiful beaches, see hawaiian wildlife at turtle beach, taste local food at the North Shore food trucks and make new friends in Hawaii along the way. Free pick you up from your Waikiki Hotel, the harbor or the airport. You set the start time and enjoy our 6 or 8 hour tour on Oahu with a professional driver and guide.The luxury TESLA runs fully electric, has lots of power, helps the environment and is just fun to ride in. DanielsHawaii Tourguides are well trained, can share a lot about the islands and the history - or we can just shut up and drive you wherever you like to go. We customize the tour for your needs.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private luxury tour of Oahu island

You will see all in half day - a real Grand Circle Island Tour through the scenic world famous highlights, beaches and surf breaks. Coffee farm, Pineapple plantation, Haleiwa historical town, local food such as kalua pork, shrimps and haupia chocolate pie, turtle beach, Waimea bay, sharks cove, Pipeline, Sunset beach, Laie look out, Chinaman's hat, macademia nut farm, these are some of the locations that you will enjoy with this tour.You will have a unique and authentic local experience that will enrich you travel memories forever.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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